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I needed to fix the top of an old outdoor table we have been using for ages. All the top slats had started to rot away.
At my brothers factory he has a lot of deliveries of long material and the packing crates are just sitting outside until they are thrown away, so I grabbed some to use on the old table. After pulling the old slats off the top I noticed that the timber underneath was also rotting away, so I just built a complete new table.
I ran the timber packing crate timber through a thicknesser before cutting to length. My daughter used a block plane to chamfer the edges of the top slats.
Pretty happy with the result considering all the material was free.
-- Steve - http://www.ozdiyhandyman.com.au