Side table for garden lounger

 
Small, fine, practical
Side table

Ensuring that you have your drinks and reading material within reach while you relax.

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Introduction

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Even beginners can do this project within a day. The costs of the spruce wood side table described here are less than £40. If you want to be on the safe side with regard to weather resistance, it is better to use teak or robinia wood.

The table is made of small sections of glued laminated timber. If you cannot have these cut to size at your local DIY store, use your own (jig) saw. If you do so, we recommend that you use clamps to fix appropriate rails to the workpiece to act as a parallel guide.

In our table design, two U-shaped leg frames are held together by an outer frame; panels fastened together by screws on the inside provide stability.

Note that spruce timber, whether painted or varnished, is less weather-resistant than other types of timber. If you want to be certain of weather resistance, choose teak or robinia wood.

The following construction guide applies to 18-mm-thick spruce glued laminated timber. You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness.

Ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Countersink bit
  • Sanding paper, grits of 120–240, sponge
  • Wood varnish, cloth or paintbrush
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • Cloth rag
  • Clamps
  • 8x 10-mm spacer blocks
  • 4x 5-mm spacer blocks

Required materials:

  • Glued laminated timber board, spruce
  • Square timber, spruce
  • Flat head screws
  • Wood varnish

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

4

Legs

242 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

1

2

Cross connector

360 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

2

2

Reinforcement panels

450 mm

80 mm

18 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

3

5

Table slats

440 mm

80 mm

18 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

4

2

Frame surrounds, long

486 mm

100 mm

18 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

5

2

Frame surrounds, short

450 mm

100 mm

18 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

6

40

Flat head screws, 4 x 60 mm

7

12

Flat head screws, 4 x 40 mm

1

Fastening together the legs and cross connectors to form base frames

1 - Fastening together the legs and cross connectors to form base frames
Fastening together the legs and cross connectors to form base frames

Pre-drill the legs and the cross connector and countersink the holes. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), mount the pieces to form a U-shaped leg frame as shown in the drawing. Follow the same procedure for the second pair of legs.

2

Joining the base frames with the frame surrounds

2 - Joining the base frames with the frame surrounds
Joining the base frames with the frame surrounds

The next step is to fasten the long frame surrounds to the leg frames with screws. For this purpose, pre-drill the leg frame according to the specifications in our drawing. Countersink the holes on the side facing the table centre.

Now place the long frame surround on trestles with the outer side facing downwards. Using the folding rule, align the leg frame on top so that the distance between the outer edge and the narrow sides on both the left and right hand sides is 18 mm (this is the thickness of the frame surrounds and the slats comprising the table top). Secure the strip and frame in place with clamps. You can now fit the sections using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm). Follow the same procedure for the other leg frame.

Place one of the short frame surrounds on your work surface. Align the two leg frames on top with the mounted long frame surrounds in the way you want to assemble the sections. Use clamps to secure the leg pairs to the short frame surround and mount the strip using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm) through the pre-drilled legs. Follow the same procedure for the other short frame surround. The table frame is now complete.

During this step, refer again to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in step 1.

3

Mounting the table slats with screws

3 - Mounting the table slats with screws
Mounting the table slats with screws

Pre-drill the leg frame with eight holes on either side to fasten it to the table slats. Position each of the holes so that the screws penetrate the centre of the cross connectors. Countersink the holes from above.

Lay the table slats on the work surface with the tops face down, in the same way as they will be finally assembled. Use spacer blocks to preserve the precise distance between table slats: the two outer slats should each be 5 mm from the frame surrounds, while the three remaining slats should also be 5 mm from the frame surrounds. All of the slats should be 10 mm apart. Once everything is in the correct position, you can fasten the table slats using a cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm) from below through the leg frames.

During this step, refer again to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in step 1.

4

Fitting the reinforcement panels

4 - Fitting the reinforcement panels
Fitting the reinforcement panels

To ensure the table is fully stable, the final step is to strengthen the two leg frames with reinforcement panels.

Pre-drill the reinforcement panels to be fastened to the leg frames so that the screws are inserted in the legs and the cross connectors. Countersink the holes on the side of the reinforcement panels facing the table centre.

Now place the table with one leg frame side facing down on your work surface. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 40 mm), fit the reinforcement panel to the leg frame. Turn the table over onto the other side and fit the second reinforcement panel following the same procedure. The side table is now complete.

During this step, refer again to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in step 1.

5

Sanding the wood surfaces

5 - Sanding the wood surfaces
Sanding the wood surfaces

Take time to ensure that the surface of the side table is in the best possible working condition before starting assembly.

First buff all edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 or 180 at a 45° angle to create a small bevel. Use your sander to sand all visible surfaces in the direction of the wood grain, first with coarse sanding paper (grit of 120, 180) and then with fine sanding paper (grit of up to 240).

Afterwards rub the surfaces with a damp sponge to wipe off the dust. Some loose wood fibres may protrude while the wood is drying. You can remove these with sanding paper with a grit of 180. The wood is now ready for surface treatment. Little tip: Make sure that the sanding paper is sharp enough to remove the wood fibres properly, not just flatten them.

6

Varnishing the surfaces

6 - Varnishing the surfaces
Varnishing the surfaces

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

Generously apply the varnish with a fine spray system and remove any excess varnish with a cloth. Observe the drying times specified by the manufacturer.

7

Done!

7 - Done!
Done!


Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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