Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Whether you’re using logs that have been sanded smooth or are leaving the inner bark in place, the wood’s outer layer will have a big impact on the appearance of your log furniture. This is an area where log furniture really shines. Small imperfections in the wood, like knots, slight bends or ridges, make each piece distinctive. You can control how rustic your log furniture will look, and careful log selection and preparation lets you fashion more artistic pieces than you could achieve with most conventional furniture making techniques.Use only dry wood for furniture. Workable wood will have 15 percent moisture content or less. It takes about a year for most woods to air dry properly. Air dried wood is a solid option for most projects, but the drying process takes time and will create a few cracks. Part of the artistry of working with logs is in showing each element to advantage and concealing imperfections like cracks and unsightly knots.
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

I chose Western Red Cedar for this project. I intentionally purchased the knottiest boards I could find. I want the table to look rustic but I’m not about to begin distressing the wood. I take out my frustrations on imaginary people in video games, not on my projects. So the knots will give the wood that naturally rustic look I’m going for, without the chains, spikes, and other medieval torture implements.
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

There’s something satisfying about making a piece of furniture that still reflects the unique nature of the original wood. Finished pieces, although usually described as “natural” or “rustic,” can be surprisingly at home indoors or outdoors.
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Darth Rust September 28, 2013 2:26 pm Is that titebond III all the way around? Any thought to using the west system for increaced durability? My wife and I are looking at a back yard table like this and the few abprtive attempts I’ve tried in plans usually drawbored the joints to help fortify the adhesive as much as possible. Living in this swamp you people call the East Coast always makes me nervous about moisture penetration, even in bricks. On a similar topic, there a FWW article where Matt Kinney describes refinishing outdoor furniture as the 6th ring of hell. I’m going to be very cruious about how this table gets finished and what the maintenance on it is. That cedar should still eventually gray over from sunlight though, yes? Reply
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Is that titebond III all the way around? Any thought to using the west system for increaced durability? My wife and I are looking at a back yard table like this and the few abprtive attempts I’ve tried in plans usually drawbored the joints to help fortify the adhesive as much as possible. Living in this swamp you people call the East Coast always makes me nervous about moisture penetration, even in bricks. On a similar topic, there a FWW article where Matt Kinney describes refinishing outdoor furniture as the 6th ring of hell. I’m going to be very cruious about how this table gets finished and what the maintenance on it is. That cedar should still eventually gray over from sunlight though, yes?
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Rustic Garden Furniture Plans

Log furniture is probably one of the most free form and creative furniture styles. From its beginnings as a pioneer method for creating useful, inexpensive furniture from what was on hand, this versatile style has grown into a 21st century cottage industry.
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Recently, Nicole requested an outdoor dining table. To be honest, she doesn’t ask for much so when she makes a request I like to act quickly. Not to mention, the “outdoor season” in Arizona is just beginning so the timing is perfect. For everyone outside of Arizona, you might find this project helpful next Spring. Ha! I gave it some thought and came up with a simple design for table and two benches. The set has a bit of stylistic flair that isn’t overpowering, but I do have trouble calling this a truly “rustic” project, hence the title of the video. Keep in mind that details like the curves and the breadboard ends are completely optional and you can leave those out if you prefer something more vanilla.
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Great table. And, your timing was perfect for me, as I am preparing to build a rustic table in our vacation cabin. As follow up to the question on a larger table, would you change the dimensions for the base? I am planning on a 48″x96″ top. I am wondering if the dimensions of the plan base could be a little unstable?
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Steve Holt October 9, 2013 1:55 pm Great table. And, your timing was perfect for me, as I am preparing to build a rustic table in our vacation cabin. As follow up to the question on a larger table, would you change the dimensions for the base? I am planning on a 48″x96″ top. I am wondering if the dimensions of the plan base could be a little unstable? Reply
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Jason July 14, 2015 4:40 pm Hi Marc. Thanks so much for the video and plans! I bought the Domino XL to complete these table and a few other projects this summer – I’m a big fan. Quick question – did you glue the half laps on the lower rails? I did not, and just finished assembly of the table base. Due to some over-aggressive joinery tuning, the long curvy rails “rattle” a little in the y axis between the two side stretchers. Now that the assembly is complete, I can’t take it apart, but was thinking about using a syringe to inject some epoxy or glue to stop the rattle. Alternatively I am considering inserting some small shims. Thoughts? Any concern with wood movement issues and fixing these in place? Thanks for your help – you rock!
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Hi Marc. Thanks so much for the video and plans! I bought the Domino XL to complete these table and a few other projects this summer – I’m a big fan. Quick question – did you glue the half laps on the lower rails? I did not, and just finished assembly of the table base. Due to some over-aggressive joinery tuning, the long curvy rails “rattle” a little in the y axis between the two side stretchers. Now that the assembly is complete, I can’t take it apart, but was thinking about using a syringe to inject some epoxy or glue to stop the rattle. Alternatively I am considering inserting some small shims. Thoughts? Any concern with wood movement issues and fixing these in place? Thanks for your help – you rock!
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What better way to celebrate nature in your home environment than with furniture that uses natural colors, textures and recognizable shapes from the outdoors to bring a new look to your rooms. This furniture is sturdy, easy to make, and has an artistic appeal that transcends décor styles.
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On a similar topic, there a FWW article where Matt Kinney describes refinishing outdoor furniture as the 6th ring of hell. I’m going to be very cruious about how this table gets finished and what the maintenance on it is. That cedar should still eventually gray over from sunlight though, yes?
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The environmental movement is helping to fuel different strategies for home maintenance and decorating. If you’d like to create a focal point, decorate a one-of-a-kind child’s room or family room, or even just add some old-timey charm to a kitchen, log furniture might be the answer.