How to Make a Garden Table

Written by michael straessle
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A garden is a place to relax, unwind and meditate. It is here that one can sit quietly, enjoy the smells. Hear the sounds that can only be produced in such an atmosphere when you relax in your garden. If you are going to put the sweat and toil into the creation of a garden, it only makes sense that you would add furniture. This can’t be just any furniture, though; it has to have the same taste as the rest of the garden you created. It should have a garden table. Yes, not only will the flowers and other additions to your garden speak of your creative genius, but the garden table will tell others of the vision that has become your garden.

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Things you need

  • 2) 1 x 2 x 25¾-Inch Treated Lumber (End Leg Supports)
  • 1) 1 x 2 x 64½-Inch Treated Lumber (Long Leg Support)
  • 8) 2 x 2 x 2-Inch Blocks (Blocks)
  • 4) 3 x 3 x 30-Inch Posts (Legs)
  • 2) 2 x 2 x 25¾-Inch Treated Lumber (End Supports)
  • 2) 1 x 3 x 25¾-Inch Treated Lumber (Ends)
  • 2) 1 x 3 x 62-Inch Treated Lumber (Sides)
  • 3) 2 x 2 x 28 ¼-Inch Treated Lumber (Cross Members)
  • 6) 1 x 6 x 72-Inch Treated Lumber (Top)
  • 4) 3/8-Inch Dowel Pins
  • Variable Speed Drill
  • 2¼-Inch Deck Screws
  • 1¼ -Inch Deck Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Mark the centre of the two End Leg Supports. Drill a pilot hole with the drill to receive the 1¼-inch deck screws. Apply a bead of glue on one end of the Long Leg Support and centre it on the End Leg Support. Secure it with the 1¼-inch deck screws. Repeat this for the other end of the Long Leg Support. Set this aside.

  2. 2

    Drill pilot holes in the 2 x 2 x 2-inch Blocks to receive two deck screws. Apply a bead of glue to one side of the Block. Place the Block flush with the top of the 3 x 3 Leg and inset 1¾-inches. Secure it with the 2¼-inch deck screws. Do this on the two inside corners of each 3 x 3 Leg.

  3. 3

    Drill pilot holes in the 2 x 2 End Supports to receive 6 deck screws. Apply a bead of glue to one of the End Supports and place it against the top edge of the End. Secure it with the 2¼-inch deck screws. Repeat for the other End.

  4. 4

    Drill two pilot holes on the ends of the End pieces and the Sidepieces. Apply a bead of glue to the inside of one of the Ends and place it against a 2 x 2 Block. Secure it with the 1¼-inch deck screws. Repeat this with the other End piece and both Sidepieces.

  5. 5

    Measure from the end of the Sidepieces and make a mark every 15½-inches. Drill pilot holes on these marks. Drill pilot holes in the Cross Members every four inches. Place the Cross Members against the pilot holes on the Sidepieces. Secure them with the 1¼–inch deck screws.

  1. 1

    Place the Top boards face down on a table covered with a soft cloth. Leave 1/8-inch gap between them.

  2. 2

    Place the Leg assembly on the Top leaving a two-inch space between the edge of the Top and the ends and sides. Secure the Leg assembly to the top with the 2¼-inch deck screws.

  3. 3

    Measure up from the bottom of the Legs four inches and drill a hole for the 3/8-Inch Dowel Pin. Mark the edges of the Leg Supports assembly that will meet the leg in the centre. Drill a hole for the 3/8-Inch Dowel Pin.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to the hole in the Leg. Insert the Dowel Pin until it is snug. Leave only 3/8 inches of the Dowel Pin exposed.

  5. 5

    Apply glue in the holes of the Leg assembly and gently push it in place over the Dowel Pins on the Legs. Clamp them and leave over night. The next day, remove the clamps. Turn the table upright.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Clean up excess glue immediately with a soft, damp cloth.
  • Seal the finished table with a water sealer.
  • Fill the exposed holes with screw hole buttons.
  • Be certain clamps are snug enough that glue oozes out between them.
  • Allow the glue to dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not rush the drying time on the glue. This will cause weak joints.

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