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DIY Water Trough Storage Table




DIY Water Trough Storage Table

Who would have thought a stock tank/water trough that I normally would use in my pasture for the livestock, would look this good as a table!

Oh, and check out all of the storage it holds!  You can store just about anything inside such as blankets, toys, patio cushions, or fill it with ice and use it as a cooler for parties!  (We’ve done this many times)

This table is so versatile, it can be used both outdoors and indoors.  Plus, it’s so simple to make, you can have it whipped together in just an hour or two!

This is basically what the underside of the tabletop looks like.  I built a frame that fit’s inside the top of the tank, then screwed the pallets to the frame.  This keeps the tabletop stable, preventing it from sliding around.

DIY Water Trough Storage Table – Tutorial

  • Chop saw
  • Hand drill with bits
  • Belt Sander
  • Jigsaw
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Oval shaped Galvanized Stock Tank (any size works)  You can get them at your local feed store.
  • Two 2x3s at 8ft (underneath frame)
  • Pallet wood (I used new 1x5s and 1×3 planks) You’ll need enough to cover the top opening of your stock tank
  • Box of Wood Screws at 2 1/2in
  • Box of Wood or drywall screws at 1 1/4in
  • My DIY Old Weathered Wood Stain (If you use new wood and want it to look old)

This is the stock tank I bought.

Find the dimensions of the top-inside of the tank.  Build a frame that fits inside, with the 2 x 3s and 2-1/2 inch wood screws.  I built mine so that it’s slightly snug (but not too tight) when I slid it in, so that the frame holds itself in place.

Then cut the pallet boards to the length you want your table top (I cut my boards 2 or 3 inches longer than what I wanted my finished table top to be so that I’d have some ‘play’ before cutting and sanding

Since my frame fit snugly inside the top, I was able to screw on the tabletop pallets just as they lay.  If your frame is loose and won’t stay put at the top, you’ll have to screw the frame and pallets together on the ground.  If you do this, make sure they’re all lined up correctly, to prevent your tabletop from being crooked when you put it back onto your tank.

Now flip everything upside down.

Draw a line where you want your tabletop to overhang.  I gave mine a 1/2 inch overhang)

Cut along the line you just made with the jigsaw.

Now sand the edges down smooth with the belt sander.

Aging the Wood

Since all of my planks were new (aside from the center plank), I slapped on a coat or two of my DIY Old Weathered Wood Stain to make all the planks match and look old and weathered.

Finished!  You can paint or spray on a clear protective coat for the wood, otherwise, it’s ready to use!

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  1. Tatiana

    I love your Farmhouse table! This is so stinkin’ cute! Thank you for sharing!

  2. What a great idea! I love how this looks and it’s so useful.

  3. I LOVE this ! It really is a great place for pillows …I hate leaving out in the rain.
    I am so glad I found you -at Friday Favorites
    xo Lisa S

    • Hi Lisa,

      Glad you liked the post! I loved this table so much I went ahead and made two of them, you can never have too much storage! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Tee, this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    • Hi Cecilia!
      So glad you like it! Always appreciate the pinning! 😉

      • Tiffany, I wanted to let you know I am featuring you at tomorrow’s Vintage Charm party! Congratulations!

        • Hi Cecilia,

          Oh my goodness, thank you so much for choosing my project! You made my day! I really enjoy your site and appreciate your taking the time to let me know. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. This is so cute, what a clever idea.

  6. I love this! I bought a mini copper one yesterday ! I’ll have to give this a shot thanks for the inspiration! http://www.Canchasin.com (I would love to share this on my blog)

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