I drove down to the yard and the guy showed me racks upon racks holding thousands of these slats inside an old barn, all brand new. Apparently, they used to use them for making 6' high fencing panels, but they now use a larger section and so these were all redundant.
He left me to my own devices to pull out what I wanted, and so I weeded out the softwood types of which they weren't many anyway, and came away with 100 unused hardwood slats for just £20. I'd only wanted ten before I'd actually seen them, but it was too good an opportunity to miss !
I'd wanted a few hardwood slats to make a small garden table, using an old cast-iron parasol base. I'd bought this cheap years ago, when I didn't really have a use for it in mind but I thought it would come in handy some day. And today's the day...
I first drew up a basic design of a 600 x 600 mm table top, and cut the slats to size on the cut-off saw. I sanded the ends and edges of each piece as I laid them out for assembly, and then used another two lengths of slats to screw to the others, to form the table top. These two runners are attached from underneath, so there are no screwheads visible from the top. After I'd formed a simple square, I marked off 150 mm chamfers at the four corners and cut them down by hand.
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