Build your own garden table in 7 steps

With our instructions, you can easily build a rustic garden table where you can enjoy your garden to the fullest.

  • The right wood
  • Tools and materials
  • Instructions: Build garden table yourself:
  • Protection and care

Choose the right wood

Before you start working, you should determine which type of wood is best suited for your future garden table. The following questions will help you:

  1. Where exactly should your garden table be placed? Open air or covered?
  2. Which wood color fits harmoniously into the overall picture of your garden?
  3. How easy to care for is the desired type of wood?
  4. How big should your garden table be?
  5. What is your budget?

Every wood has its advantages and disadvantages. Although certain softwoods are particularly weather-resistant, they also have a tendency to resinify and must therefore be treated properly. In this case, pay attention to timely impregnation and protection against blue stain. In contrast, hardwoods, such as black locust, are less delicate and easier to care for. For a rustic garden table are suitable, for example, in addition to Robinia Douglas fir, pine or larch.

Build your own garden table: Protective clothing

Your safety first: When working with a chainsaw, you should always protect yourself adequately.

Wear safety glasses and soundproofing – z. B. Hearing protection capsules. Hands, legs, and feet should be protected by sturdy work gloves, cut-resistant pants, and lace-up boots with cut-resistant inserts. All the details on your personal protective equipment can be found here.

Build your own wooden garden table: Material requirements

Materials

  • For the table top: 2 boards (min. 30 cm wide, length depending on the desired table length)
  • For the table legs: round wood (approx. 20 cm in diameter, without bark)
  • For the connecting strut: round timber (approx. 10 cm diameter, without bark, length depending on the desired length of the table)
  • 16 wood screws
  • Chainsaw
  • Drilling machine with wood drill
  • Hand/chargeable screwdriver
  • Sawhorse
  • Tension strap
  • Signing chalk
  • Folding rule/tape measure

STIHL Pro Tip: Use a peeling iron to free the logs from their bark. If you do not have a peeling iron at hand, you can alternatively buy the wood already peeled.

Full Do-It-Yourself power

Power saws for building a garden table

Work quickly and efficiently – even as a hobbyist: STIHL offers a wide range of compact chainsaws for do-it-yourself projects.

Build garden table yourself: Instructions

Step 1: Prepare table legs

The table legs are built from several pieces of round wood stacked on top of each other. The exact number of logs depends on the desired height of your garden table.

So that the pieces later fit well on top of each other and provide sufficient support, their sides must be machined with the chainsaw.

Set up a log on edge for this purpose. Secure it to a sturdy attachment – for example, a metal stand – with a tension strap. Start with the chainsaw on the upper side. Saw down as straight as possible on two opposite sides, removing a thin layer of wood at a time (s. Image).

However, do not pull the cut through to the end of the log to avoid contact between your chainsaw and the ground

Step 2: Saw the table legs to size

Now lay the logs on the floor in such a way that they cannot roll away during further processing. Secure this with several wooden wedges.

If necessary, straighten the previously made cuts by running the saw along the surface of the log.

Now the wood is divided into individual pieces, from which you will later build the legs of your garden table. Measure how long you want each piece to be, and then saw them off the log.

STIHL Profi Tip: When cutting to length, be careful not to touch the ground with the chainsaw – otherwise it could lead to premature wear of the device. Saw the log to about three quarters of the diameter, then turn the log over and saw through in the same place but on the opposite side.

For the garden table in our instructions, we stack three pieces on top of each other in descending length for each table leg:

  • 2 pieces à 60 cm
  • 2 pieces à 55 cm
  • 2 pieces of 50 cm

The different lengths have here purely optical reasons. Table legs made of six pieces of equal length are also no problem. If you want to build a garden table yourself, you can get creative at this point and decide on the final result yourself!

Step 3: Saw table top and connecting strut to size

For the tabletop you need two boards of the same length.

To shorten them, fix one of the boards on the sawhorse with the help of a tension belt, mark the cut with marking chalk and cut off the excess length with a chainsaw. Repeat the same on the second board.

For more stability, we recommend placing a connecting brace between the two table legs. The brace should be about the same length as the table top. Cut the wood for this purpose to length in the same way as the table top.

Step 4: Saw the notch for the connecting strut

In this step, the lowest logs of the table legs are adjusted to the shape of the connecting brace. Place the two bottom pieces of wood on the floor and center the connecting brace on them. With the chain saw, a mark is quickly sawed into the left and right of the strut.

Then put the wood aside again and saw a v-shaped cut into each of the logs. Shape the notch with your chainsaw as round as possible so that the brace is anchored stably in the table legs.

We recommend to put the connecting strut into the notch again and again to check the fit. If it can be anchored well in it, repeat the process with the middle round wood pieces.

Step 5: Prepare mounting

After all the elements are prepared, your garden table can be assembled.

Start with the table legs and stack the individual elements on top of each other: layer the log pieces from the longest to the shortest until the desired table height is reached. Orientate yourself on the length of the table top and leave approx. Leave a margin of 2 to 3 cm so that the table top protrudes slightly at the end.

Do not forget to include the connecting strut between the table legs.

Step 6: Assemble table legs

Now connect the individual parts of your self-made garden table with wood screws. To be able to screw them deep enough into the wood, we recommend that you prepare suitable holes for them with a wood drill attachment.

Work from the bottom up: First fix the middle log pieces to the lower ones, then connect the upper ones to the middle ones.

Step 7: Assemble the table top

Finally, the table top must be attached to the legs. For more stability, we recommend securing each board with two wood screws per side.

Build garden table yourself: Care

Almost done! Now all that’s left is the final touch: treat your homemade garden table with the right care products. Timely care protects your garden furniture from signs of use, discoloration and fungal attack. Depending on the type of wood chosen, oil, wax or glazes are suitable for this purpose.

The effectiveness of care oils and glazes diminishes after a certain point in time. For optimal protection and longevity of your garden table, you should therefore clean and maintain the wood several times a year. We recommend to repeat the painting with maintenance products at least once a year.

Your homemade garden table is ready for use! Whether for lounging in the garden or as a patio table, its timeless design makes it a tasteful and practical addition wherever it goes.

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