Build A Timber Outdoor Table
Make a timber outdoor table with a cutout top to grow flowers or herbs.
At 1700mm long and about 980mm wide this table is a solid piece of furniture for the deck, courtyard or pergola.
It’s designed to double as a garden feature and is built with waterfall sides instead of legs to complement the two bench seats, measuring 1500mm long.
The three-piece outdoor setting is made from 140 x 45mm treated pine boards joined with mitred corners.
For the living centrepiece, the tabletop has a cutout sized to fit two 600mm long plastic garden troughs.
The lip of the planters fit neatly over the edge of the cutout so you can lift them out to change the display.
Use the planters to green the scene in areas where floorspace is limited, such as on a deck, or grow herbs in them for cooking alfresco.
Cut the parts
Use a mitresaw to cut the top and side boards for the table and benches with mitred ends.
Stabilise the table and benches by securing braces to the side rails, adding extra diagonal bracing from the ends of the cross braces to the underside of the top boards if needed.
For the planter hole, cut two 250mm infills, leaving a 1200mm long space in the centre of the table.
To finish, create a limewash effect by sanding back a coat of thin white paint and sealing it with varnish.
You can also use semi-transparent decking finish in a pale shade such as Feast Watson Decking Oil in Snow Gum, about $54 for two litres.