We are so in love with this table and bench set made from reclaimed wood, an entry in the Instructables Green Design Contest. It is gorgeous, made from a pile of scrap wood, and has a fantastic feature of a gutter running down the middle of the table that you can fill with ice to cool your drinks during a picnic on a hot day. Or you could use it as a planter, making a fragrant little herb garden to brighten up an outdoor dinner party.
Instructables user quitethecontrary created a detailed step-by-step project for building a table of your own (the bench instructable is on its way).
"The table was made in pieces: two ends that provide the structure for the table, two center pieces with the tabletop slats, the trough, and the removable legs that simply screw in place. Disassembly and reassembly take minutes, and everything can be fit in the back of a compact car. All the wood in this project is reclaimed except for the table legs, which were purchased from Discount Builder's Supply in San Francisco. As always, the design was influenced by the materials: we would have made the slats go lengthwise, but most of the beautiful pieces of reclaimed redwood we had were short, so they're widthwise instead."
This is a great example of letting the materials you have on hand determine the design of the project -- you may have an end product in mind, but the real creativity comes with allowing the design unfold based on existing materials.
There is still time to submit your own projects in the Instructables Green Design Contest! Take part in the contest:
Think “green” and submit an eco-friendly Instructable that uses sustainable materials or is energy efficient by design... Come up with any project with these factors in mind, and you could win over $1,000 in prizes including a Voltaic Systems OffGrid Solar Backpack, ReadySet Renewable Energy Kit with Solar Panel and LED light, Nokero Solar Light Bulbs and a $500 REI gift certificate.