DIY Garden Table

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We moved to our new house with little furniture. We did this intentionally. This was done for two reasons; it allowed us to move with fewer things and it forced us to try our hands at some furniture construction rather than simply looking for pieces with upcycle potential.

The first project we chose to tackle was a stand for the 50 gallon turtle tank. While this wasn’t a necessity, we thought it would be important to get the tank off the ground as soon as possible to prevent any canine noses from becoming too curious when we were out of the house.

When we moved in, we found some great scraps out back, supplying us with the perfect materials to get started.

We used:

4- 4×4    24”

2- 2×6     36”

4- 2×6     17”

4- 2x 10     20”

64- 3” screws

How we did it:

Step 1
  1. Begin by building the rectangular sides that will serve as the legs. Connect a 17”2×6 at the top and bottom of 2 of the 4×4’s to create a rectangular side (side A). Be sure both 2×6’s are connected on the same side.
  2. Repeat this process to create the leg for the other side (side B).

    Step 3
  3. Connect a 36” 2×6 to the top of side A and then to the top of side B.
  4. Repeat this process on the opposite side, using the last 36” 2×6 to secure the top of side A and side B.
  5. Screw the top boards into place. Use 4 screws per  board, securing two screws through the top board and into the base, repeat on the opposite end of the board. Continue this process until all top boards are secured.
  6. Sand the table down with a palm sander working down to 120 grit paper. Since our wood had been sitting outside, we began with 60 grit sandpaper and worked down to 120.

    Step 7
  7. Finish the table with the stain of your choice. We used Red Mahogany by Minwax simply because we had it on hand.

*All connections were joined with 4- 3” screws. After completing each connection, it was checked to ensure our table would end level and strong. And just in case you would do better with plans, I have attempted to draw our table plans and included the pictures below.


We created this table specifically for the turtle tank. Quite honestly, it began as an experiment to see if we could build something level and structurally sound. Ultimately, this table will become my outdoor garden table once we build something a bit more aesthetically pleasing. But for now, we have plenty of projects to complete and this stand/table is exactly what we need.

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6 Responses to DIY Garden Table

  1. Maureen says:

    That’s awesome!

  2. Chris says:

    Ah, I miss Sam’s turtles.

  3. Beth says:

    Too many electrical cords by water – scares me :) But, nice job! You can come build at my house any time!

  4. Sylvie says:

    Hi, i’m wondering if you have a quick way to make a day bed for my small room for sitting or having my grandson for sleep over???????? this woulb be appreciated-.

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