Outdoor Setting

Brendan Moar shows how to make your own outdoor setting.


  • Treated pine planks and posts

  • Electric drill

  • Hand plane

  • Hand saw or electric saw

  • Ruler or measuring tape

  • 50mm hot-dipped galvanised bugle-head screws

  • 4 x L-shaped metal brackets

Instructions - Table

  1. Lay table -op upside down on ground. Position cleats 200mm from each end and one in the centre in the opposite direction to the tabletop slats.

  2. Pre-drill holes and screw together with 50mm bugle head screws.

  3. Secure each plank through the cleats using two screws.

  4. Plane away the edges of the cleats to a smooth edge.

  5. Place the crossrails diagonally across the frame positioned 100mm from the
    edge of the tabletop.

  6. Cut a halved housing joint through each and fit them together in a cross formation.
  7. Place small rectangular off-cuts from the cleats across the four ends of the beam. Fasten with two screws.

  8. Turn the crossbeam around and screw to the underside of tabletop through cleat off0-cut sections.

  9. Cut shoulders into the top of each leg (made from a treated pine log cut to desired table height). Pre-drill holes and then screw legs to the crossbeam.

  10. Turn table over and add L-shaped metal brackets from the underside of the table to the crossbeam at the leg position.

  11. Plane the edges of the tabletop.

Instructions - Bench

  1. Cut shoulders into the top of the four legs of each bench.

  2. Fit a rectangular rail across the two pairs of legs (rails can be made from bench-top off-cuts). Screw in place to fasten pairs of legs together.

  3. Cut 8 (4 for each bench) triangular angle brackets (right angled) out of similar woo off-cut. Screw two of these to each of the base assemblies.

  4. Place the top planks along the length of the bench. Pre-drill holes and screw onto the base assemblies, countersinking visible screws as you go.

  5. Repeat for second bench.

The outdoor setting can be painted with decking stain or left raw.

Want more? We thought you might like this video.

Like this artice? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.