Cedar Garden Table

I have been wanting to make an outdoor table for SWMBO for a long, long time.  I had this idea for a cross between a planter and  a table.  I wanted it modern and classic, solid and simple.  It worked out rather well. Too well in a way, since after I made the basic framework, SWMBO declared it finished.  So it will never be a planter as well as a table.

I am still working on the look and feel of the Tejas Art Movement, but I think this belongs in it. Or is it still the Tejas art conspiracy since the numbers are small. Maybe it is still just a plot, in any case, you can look at this and say, early Tejas art style! No extra charge for the grandiose. It is all part of the service!

Above are all the parts cut out and ready to use.

Six of each, table top, horizontal brace, angled leg, straight leg, and bottom plate.

Here are the critical components to keep everything together, lots of screws treated to survive cedar, and some home roasted Tanzanian pea berry coffee.

Here is the tool that will put it all together, this screwdriver would be the one power tool I would find hard to give up.

On the right are two of the vertical T sections that usually support my planters.  In this case the top is much wider, so I needed to alter it to support a wider top.  The one on the left is the modified support.

Here is the gimlet I used when I was worried that the wood might split.

Here is the udon egg drop soup my wife brought to me while I was working!

A bit of basil, pepper, Vietnamese celery and some oregano made it perfect.

Here are a bunch more of the supports or legs.  The legs consist of a bottom plate to hold them together, a thick vertical beam and an angled beam.  The angle I used is nine degrees.

The bottom plates are just bits of left over cedar scrap, I planned to have them covered by dirt, but now I should probably trim them for appearance sake.

Now that the legs are done, they get joined to the table top.

Before adding the horizontal brace here is what it looks like under the table.

Here it is with the bracel

After joining it all together, here is the finished table.

If you want to see it close up and personal click on the picture below!

A simple enough project, but it uses a lot more wood that when I make a tool.


3 comments to Cedar Garden Table

  • Skip J.

    Oh my..how much room have I got to work with here?? Well, I’ll just start and see where it goes…

    Soooo, if I grew some potted trees like bonsais, but to look like early Texas trees before settlers began modifying the old growth forest – could call’em Tejas trees. And the cedar outdoor shelves I plan for them would be in the early Tejas style…….

    Thanks for showing design details so clearly! I had been thinking I mite need to pick me up some cedar 2 X 4’s to utilize for secondary wood. After seeing how much cedar you used for yours, I know I don’t have enough of the good looking aromatic 2 x 4’s and 4 x 4’s.

    So I’ll use fence grade cedar 2 x 4’s out of sight under the shelf boards. Very timely pictorial here Bob, Thanks!

    I’ve already used some of my reclaimed cedar 1 x 12’s to cut out small parts; when I run out of aromatic (why don’t we call’em eastern red cedar?)I can make outdoor tables like yours with the rest of it. And I have lots of cedar fence boards to use as secondary wood like you did to stretch that supply out.


  • Stu


    I am talking about that bowl of stuff you call udon soup…

    Actually, I can’t get too upset because they stick everything with udon around here, and that there lunch might actually be considered normal or even tame.

    And I just found something else to send you.

    Stu in Kagawa, udon capital of the world. 🙂

  • The bowl in the second to last picture had some kimchee fried rice topped with sesame toasted nori. 🙂 Yummy!

    You would really consider me a heathen if you saw how I use vegemite.


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