How to Make Outdoor Timber Furniture
Making outdoor timber furniture is extremely easy and cost efficient. The best materials to use should be limbs, trees and timbers that have already fallen and dried on their own. If you are unable to find enough material and don’t mind cutting down healthy, growing trees, let them dry out for at least a week before you build your furniture.
Take a walk through the woods and collect as much already fallen timber as possible. Some trees that have fallen simply need cutting down to size to create your furniture. Your larger rounds should range about 14 inches in diameter, and the small timbers should be about 3 inches. Don’t bother collecting any small timbers less than 3 feet long unless you plan on using them for firewood.
Cut the large rounds from tree trunks to 20 inches high. These can become simple stump chairs. Set the stumps on end and work into the ground until they are steady. Sand the top surfaces of the stumps if desired.
Prepare two more rounds to create the base of your table, and set them roughly one foot apart. Collect eight pieces of the 3-inch in diameter, 3-foot-long timbers. Line them up side by side and tie one end of bailing twine to a timber approximately 3 inches from the end. Lace the rope over, under and around the limbs to secure a table top. Repeat on the other end. Lay the top over the rounds and center it. Nail through the timbers and into the stumps to secure.
Create a timber bench using the same steps for building your bench with a few exceptions. For the bench, use three log rounds, and cut the eight timbers to 4 feet long. Repeat the steps to create the seat and nail into place over the rounds
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