Published on May 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


What happens when a 10 ton tree falls on two aging sets TULLERO outdoor furniture?

Materials: TULLERO, power drill, circular saw, 90 degree clamps, bar clamps

Description: I used some of the spare parts to rebuild one of the sets. As I was trying to stuff the remaining wreckage into a trashcan, I noticed how much (mostly) intact lumber I had left. So a few hours and a lot of sweat later, I had an outdoor coffee table. I had previously painted the chairs and bench due to some ugly sun/water damage on the wood, the table had not had any major work done – all the blue pieces were once part of the chairs or bench, and the brown were once a table. The whole thing will be polyurethane coated to showcase the weathering of the wood and paint as well as some damage from the tree. With a full, undamaged set, this could easily be turned into a normal height table – I just did not have the lumber to do it.

1) Take apart all the pieces of furniture. Save all the screws.

2) Lay out the long pieces from the bench and table to make an approximately square configuration. Depending on your asthetic taste, you may want to trim these pieces to the same length as I did.

3) Screw the long pieces from the seat of the bench into the under surface of the long pieces on either end. I put a third across the middle to take out some warp in some of the wood. If you overtighten the screws will stick through the surface of your tabletop.

4) Use two boards from the seat or back of the chairs to form a “L” shape along their length (I used 90 degree clamps and a few bar clamps to glue these rather than using screws, but screws should work. Repeat to form 4, these become the legs of the table.

5) Attach the legs through the table top using screw.

6) If you have some extra pieces you can use them as I did to form a lip around the edge

First picture shows nearly finished table, clamps still on trim. Second picture shows the same with the repaired but unmodified table from the original set.

~ J Ackerman

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3 Responses to What happens when a 10 ton tree falls on two aging sets TULLERO outdoor furniture?

  1. Anonymous says:

    The blue was brush-primed and spraypaint with color. The rest is brushed on polyurethane. Sprayer (not spray can)would be ideal.


  2. Eileen says:

    Nice job, J! I recently inherited the Tullero set from neighbors who moved, and it’s similarly weathered (but no trees have landed on it, thankfully). Did you spray paint it or use a brush? I’m wavering between the two methods, so I’d love to hear what you did and whether you have any tips.

  3. Fantastic salvage! We recently retired an old cedar coffee table made from a dining table and now I’m looking for another… maybe I’ll just follow your lead and make one!

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