1: Introduction, overview
2: Wood sizes, Angles, Material list
3: Plans: Side elevation, Legs, Spoke pieces
4: Plans: Spoke cutting detail
5: Plans: Table and seat board cutting detail
6: Cut the spokes to length
7: Shape the ends of the spokes
8: Assemble the spokes
9: Cut the tabletop and seat boards
10: Fix some seat boards
11: Fix the rest of the seat boards
12: Fix the tabletop boards
13: Align the upper and lower frames
14: Cut and fix the legs to the spokes
15: Drop in the umbrella
16: User Photo/Comments
● See the video at YouTube
About the wood sizes
All dimensions are in inches.
The size of the lumber referred to in his project is the actual size, which is the size of the lumber
after it has been dressed (smooth, planed, finished).
When the lumber is dressed, the actual size is then less than the nominal size.
For example: 2x6 when dressed may be 1 1/2"x 5 1/2" actual size, and 2x4 when dressed may be 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" actual size.
The actual sizes can vary slightly from area to area but that should not have any effect on the dimensions given throughout this project. What will vary, depending on the actual size of the lumber, is the gap between each row of tabletop boards and seat boards.
About the angles
There are two different angle cuts required for this project. One (the most required) is 30 degrees off square, the other is 60 degrees off square.
To cut the 30 degree angle, simply set the blade on your miter saw to the required angle. The 60 degree angle will have to be cut with a handsaw, as miter saws will not do such a cut.
Don't know how to get a 30° or 60° angle?
Click on one of the links below to bring up an angle pattern image. You can then print out that image and use it as a pattern.
30° pattern click here
60° pattern click here
Below is the materials list. followed by plans and then instructions.
|Nominal size||Actual size||Used for||Amount|
|2" x 4"||1 1/2"x 3 1/2"||frame spokes||50ft|
|2" x 6"||1 1/2"x 5 1/2"||tabletop boards and seat boards||125ft|
|1/2" x 4 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts with nuts and washers||bolting legs to frame spokes||24|
|galvanized metal strap||tie the spokes together||7ft|
|4" galvanized flathead nails||4 lb|
You will also need six pieces of 3/4" plywood about 12" long and 4" wide (or similar), a bit of glue and a handful of screws.
The plywood pieces are fixed to the underside of the seat boards for added strength.