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Entertain in style with this groovy garden table. We used pine to make our table and then finished it off with exterior sealer. The groove design adds an decorative touch to the table and is not something you can buy in a store.
 
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Step 1: You will need:

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6 of 140 x 1200mm pine – table planks
2 of 44 x 1160mm pine – apron, long sides
2 of 44 x 800mm pine – apron, short sides
3 of 140 x 800mm pine – top supports
4 of 44 x 44 x 730mm pine – legs
2 of 44 x 610mm PAR pine – narrow side, cross beams
2 of 44 x 720mm PAR pine – wide side, cross beams
4 steel angle brackets, small
4 drop-down/flap hinges
16mm wood screws
4.5 x 65mm wood screws
3.5 x 3.5mm wood screws
Exterior wood sealer and stain
TOOLS:
Drill/Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
Tape measure and pencil
Carpenter’s square
Jigsaw and clean-cut blade
Paintbrush

Step 2: Preparation

Preparation
Take the time to sand smooth any rough edges before assembly.
Always apply wood glue to add joints.

Step 3: Cut the groovy top planks

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On each of the planks for the top draw a wavy line and then cut out with a jigsaw.

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I found it easier to cut one and then use this as a template to cut out the rest of the planks.

Sand the cut edges smooth with 180-grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Stain and first coat sealer

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Now is the best time to apply stain and sealer to the planks – before assembling the project.
If you leave until later, you will find it very difficult to stain and seal the gaps between the top planks.

Step 5: Assemble top frame

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While waiting for the sealer to dry you can start assembling the top frame.
To make the frame to support the top planks, attach the short sides to the long sides with steel angle braces and 16mm screws.


GOOD TO KNOW
Corner clamps come in very handy when you are working on your own - it's like having an extra pair of hands to help you.
Bushmanjoe 11 months ago

Can you please post building instructions for the table legs.
I love the table and look forward to making the bench seats.
Thanks again for the table plans.
astrong01 year ago
awww..... i thought the convoluted edges folded into itself like an accordion.... Mr. dezine.... you have yet another project to do.
joshfromga1 year ago
very nice looking table. I saw it in my email and thought it folded up some wierd way though.
David R1 year ago
I really like this. I am going to seal my parts before assembly though.
Any chance you might post the benches ?




I built a sort of similar tabend table set by taking a big wire spool,and cutting yen yang patterns in the spool ends. This was tricky because of all of the nails. I used the curved boards that make up the interior part that the wire rests on to make the table bases.
Dr. dB David R1 year ago
Hmm...

"...wire-spool... yin/yang table..."

...sounds eminently 'ible-worthy to me...
dezine (author)  David R1 year ago
Will definitely post the benches.
Going to the trouble of cutting the curves takes this from a good table to a great table!

One quick tip on spacing planks. I use a 3mm dowel to space boards instead of flat shims, The round shape makes uniform spacing simple. To make the dowel easier to work with, I drill a hole in a flat piece scrap and push the dowel through. Make 2 of these and spacing is a snap!
ledshed1 year ago
Nice. Simple but effective!
prdewa1 year ago
I am yet to read this instructable......but just how beautiful this is.....what a pleasant surprise......Love it.....thanks and regards......
Kdemon1 year ago
Great work, now you need work in an LED strip into the grove to light the table during the night!

bkennelly1 year ago
Beautiful. The design makes it attractive enough that, when not needed, you could hang the folded piece on a wall as art. Decorative & stowed out of the way.
haugenka1 year ago
The wave design and hidden hardware really makes this table a nice piece.
David R1 year ago
I think I might use pocket screws here,instead of screwing through from the outside of the frame
dezine (author)  David R1 year ago
Was going to use pocket screws, but pockethole jigs are still a new toy here and not everyone has one!
BES1051 year ago
I think most members will agree that any wood work is the most satisfying thing in the whole world except Coca Cola..... One can step back and say I made that.....!!!
Very nice result....
laxap1 year ago
I love it!
Beautiful table!
nic nak1 year ago
Nice!
dana-dxb1 year ago
nice and elegant good job there