Here is how I did it....
Deck boards (or pallets)
Boards for the base
Stair spindles for the legs
Cut the deck boards(or pallets) to the size that you want the table
I used deck boards instead of pallets because that is what had on hand
Cut the legs down to the size that you want.
We could not find actual table legs so we used stair spindles instead.
We had to cut the spindles down so they were short enough for the height of the table that we wanted.
Build your base like so...
(this pic was taken after the top had been screwed on because I forgot to take one before)
My table is 22"x30" and 29.5" tall
The measurement is for the table top, which overhangs the base a little, as you can see above.
Screw the legs into the base and counter sink your screws.
Screw the deck boards down to the top of the base and counter sink your screws.
Fill all holes with wood putty and sand with a low grit sand paper.
Since we used pressure treated wood, I had to prime the top with an old based primer in order for the paint to stick. Normally, I HATE priming but you can buy spray paint primer that makes the process sooo much quicker.
I sprayed two coats of Kilz interior oil based primer.
You can see the white primer and the paint color in the picture, above.
After the primer dried, I painted the top with 2 coats of paint. Then I let it dry outside and it got covered with yellow pollen that got down into every crevice. Soooo... I put a third coat on and brought the table inside very soon after it dried.
I painted the base with white that I had on hand from when I painted my dining room table.
The legs were already white so I did not paint them.
Now I have a custom art table for just under 20 bucks.
($12 for the legs, $5 for the primer and $2 for the paint sample)
Have you built any furniture lately?