Salvage Yard Side Table

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While we were at the salvage yard a couple of months ago, we saw a great wrought iron table frame. It was missing a leg, but we really liked the way it looked. How should we transform it? Well…we are thinking of adding another frame as the missing fourth leg, this one made out of wood, which also gives it a more updated look.

Here’s what we used to make the side table:

  • Iron base
  • 3-feet of oak 1 x 12
  • Stain and sealer
  • Metal primer
  • Satin black spray paint

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Rotary saw
  • Electric Sander and sand paper
  • Cordless screw driver with wire attachment
  • Electric nail gun

Let’s make a(nother) side table!


  • On the oak plank, measure 21 7/8-inches, and cut it at a 45-degree angle. The 21 7/8-inches should be the short side, so make sure that your blade is set to the right angle.
  • Turn the iron base over, place the piece at the edge of the wood and mark. Be sure to use a level to make sure that the cut will be straight.


  • Next, using the rotary saw set at a 2-inch depth, cut out the angles. You may also want to make several cuts in between the lines to make it easier to remove the the inserts. Remove the clamps, and using a screw driver, remove the excess wood. Repeat for the other angles.

Time to work on the bottom!


  • Using the wire attachment on the cordless drill, sand the iron base to remove any debris and rust.
  • Next, put a coat of primer to seal the rust, and let dry.
  • Then apply several coats of satin black spray paint, and let dry.

The top requires more maintenance!

  • On the piece of oak wood, cut one end at a 45-degree angle.
  • Draw a line 10-inches from the long end of the cut, and cut a straight edge at the line. Next, using 100-grain sandpaper, sand the oak pieces to remove any blemishes to the wood. Next use the 150-grain sandpaper to refine the wood for staining.
  • Before you put the wood pieces together, stain the “inside” pieces of the oak (the inside is the shortest side of the wood). Make sure that you wipe off the excess stain as you go, and do this in sections so that it looks consistent.
  • Once this is dry, apply several coats of sealer. Make sure that you don’t get any sealer on the sides or “outside”.

Assembly line!


  • Place the base on the longer oak piece and fit the top of the side table against the vertical oak piece, and nail the two together. Be sure and nail the top to the bottom from the back of the table.
  • Make sure you use wood filler to fill any holes!
  • Next, using the 150-grain sandpaper, sand the corner to make it look even.

Cocktail Break!

The weather outside felt great today for the first time all season. It actually makes us think of the summers that we spent in Fire Island! Our friend Terry introduced us to the Gimlet, and it brings back memories of beaches and friends. We thought this would be a great time to reminisce. Ah to be young again . . .here’s the recipe!

Let’s wrap it up!

  • Stain the rest of the oak.
  • Apply several coats of sealer as necessary.

I know I say this after most of my posts, but I’m very impressed with this project. It looks amazing! We love finding odd things in salvage yards…you should try it too!


3 Responses to Salvage Yard Side Table

  1. Sharon says:

    I love you site and your can do attitudes!!! I wish you guys lived here in the south close to me, we would craft and decorate “till the cows came home”! I especially love the painted rooster stained glass look. I painted my bathroom window years ago and it’s still looking great. Do you have the rooster pattern? Or, where can I get one? I’m all about roosters, roses, and anything else that makes me smile. I have a real rooster named Mortimor Rufus and have been collecting rooster/chicken things for years. I really want to get my hands on a rooster pattern and do a kitchen window or two. Keep the creative juices flowing!!! Sharon

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  3. Ms Chikin (Judy) says:

    What rooster window ??? I have looked all over your site and can’t find what Sharon is talking about … did you do a painted rooster window … if so, can you tell me where to find it ??? Thank you … mschikin


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