A bit ago on this blog I showed you how to knock together a cheap but very weather resistant garden bench using fence poles and some yorkshire board using nothing much more than a chainsaw, a hammer and some nails. Well heres another simple DIY job with more fence poles & board, again using little else then a hammer and nails, and also incorporating a bit of green wood.
If, like me, you try to make a habit of actually getting to sit down and enjoy your garden, but equally, like me, you are outside in all weathers, then there is a need for something to put your gear on, or your cuppa, that can cope with the elements. This simple table design provides a good all year round solution, and because of the simplicity of its build, it can be more or less scaled and adapted to fit whatever space requirements you have.
Like the garden bench it requires limited woodworking skills and can be built in under an hour and costs around £10 if you have to buy in the materials. If you have more wood available then you can make a larger table if you want, the same basic concepts apply.
One of the great things about creating rustic looking garden furniture like this is that even a novices work can provide a sturdy and satisfying result which can be very easily personalised. You never know, you may even find friends and family placing orders!
What you will need
- Chainsaw or Bow saw
- Tape measure
- 125mm nails
- 30mm nails
- 70mm wood screws
- 20mm wood screws
- Fence poles cut as follows:
4 x 450mm (Legs)
2 x 750mm (long cross piece)
2 x 600mm (short cross piece)
- Green wood cut to same lengths as cross pieces above
- 2 x 500mm baton
- 4 x (150mm x 800mm) board (reclaimed pallet or floorboards work well)
Using a chainsaw or bow saw, cut the fence poles to the required lengths.
Construct the two end sections by first drilling and then nailing the legs to the short cross pieces. The legs should be positioned 5cm in from the end of the cross piece and its top should be flush with the edge of the cross piece
Position the short green wood sections 10cm from the base of the leg and with a 5cm overlap. Drill and nail into position
Tie the two end sections into place using the long cross pieces and long green wood sections. Drill and nail into position as above, again using a 5cm overlap and butt up to the end cross sections.
Line up board sections, ensuring they are square and secure together by screwing the batons in to position 15cm in from the ends and 5cm in from each edge
Attach the table top to the table frame by drilling and screwing into position through the short cross pieces. For a better finish do this from the underside of the table.
Job done, now you have somewhere to put those killer courgettes!