Intro: Garden Table
This garden table is an easy build and the measurements are based on scaffolding planks. They generally measure 3/20/200 cm (H/W/L).
You can make this table for under €100,- . So it's great for those of us with tight budgets. Lets get started.
Step 1: The Materials
The materials used in this build are scaffolding planks (pine). As mentioned earlier the generally have the following measurements:
- Width: 20 cm
- Thickness: 3 cm
- Length: 200 cm
The various pieces will be joined using stainless steel screws (4mm / 50mm) in combination with wood-glue.
Step 2: Tools
There are only a few tools needed to make this table. First and foremost you will need a saw. With a single jig-saw you could do the job. But a miter and/or tablesaw does come in handy and saves you time building the table.
Besides the saw the following tools will make your build a lot easier and better:
- drill-bit with counter-sink
Step 3: Get Sawing!
Next up.... sawing!
Included is the cutlist. It's important to realize that the width of pine-board can vary. The cutlist is based upon boards with a length of 200 cm and a width of 20 cm. Should the width be 19,5 cm (for example), then subtract the difference (20 cm - 19,5 cm = 0,5 cm). Multiple the outcome times 5 (=the number of planks used in the table-top). The component #007should now be cut at: 82 cm - 2,5 cm = 79,5 cm.
The component #007 is the only part that will be affected by a different width of the boards.
After the dust settles you should be left with 31 components.
Step 4: Cutting the Legs
The legs are the most labour intensive part of this build. To distuingish each leg I gave the a separate color in the plan. The red and blue parts are the ones with additional work.
Each leg consists of 4 parts, two of which have one or two notches. Pine can break easily so i always drill holes (with countersink) to make sure that doesn't happen. The countersink also makes for a nicer end product.
Set your drill press to drill 1,5 cm width from the side. I drilled three hole along the long side of each leg.
To construct one leg do the following with the components #2, 3 and 4.
Cut a notch from the top of the red leg (component #2). The notch needs to be 6 cm deep and 3 cm wide.
Cut a two notches from the blue leg (component #4). The notch a the top needs te be 6 cm deep and 3 cm wide. The notch a the bottom needs to be cut 3 cm from the bottom. The depth is 6 and width is 3 cm.
Predrill each leg along the sides. Marking before drilling is a good idea as each leg is slightly different.
After dry-fitting each part add wood-glue to strengthen te leg. Then attach the parts together using the screws and the power-screwdriver.
The use of clamps is off-course strongly advised.
Step 5: Joining of the Legs...
After assembling the 4 legs its time to joining them using the crossbeams (component #6 and #7).
Use glue and screws to join the various parts.
First attach the short beams. Then its easier to attach the longer parts. Be careful at this point as the construction is not strong yet.
Step 6: The Undercarriage....
Now add the last components (#7 and #5) to the construction to add strength. Don't forget to predrill and countersink the holes.
Make sure the table is square at this point.
Step 7: Final Step
The last step is to attach the 5 boards which make the table-top. Predrill and countersink the board at two places per board. Otherwise the boards will end up twisting and turning.
Finish the table by sanding it down nice and smooth.