Progress is really being made in the garden and it seems so long ago that The Hairpin Leg Co. contacted me to see if I would be interested in making something with their products, obviously I jumped at the chance as most of you will have seen my kitchen table, I do like me a hairpin leg or 4! Our garden makeover plans were merely imaginings at that point, but having a detail such as the table to focus on, making sure the area would suit the size I wanted, all the materials we used around it would compliment it, really helped to push us on and get cracking.
I was very excited when I unwrapped these shiny copper beauties and couldn’t wait to get making. Each one came individually wrapped within the box, to keep them safe from scratches.
I had already decided I would use scaffolding boards for the top as I love the thickness and grain marks, I knew they would wear well and would be easily available. I did consider buying second hand, but we ended up buying 5 new 3.9m long boards, from a local Timber Merchant (if you’re in Cornwall it’s well worth checking out The Timber Store as they are really well priced. We bought all the sleepers for the garden from there too).
These boards were longer than required, but it was the most economical way to have enough wood left for the bench and also a little something else that I haven’t made yet.
I don’t plan on making this post a detailed How to, but I’m including some pictures to show you the process, hopefully this will help those who feel a little unsure about how to recreate this table, please just ask if you have any further questions.
This was definitely a 2 person job as it really helped having someone to push all the boards together to make sure the gaps between each board weren’t too big. Obviously if you had the appropriately sized clamps that could help you do it solo. We used some pieces of pallet wood to brace all the boards together and to add more strength.
To make the bench it was the same process, but 2 boards wide was too deep a seat, so we used a circular saw and cut each board down length ways by a few inches. I also insisted on leaving a slight gap between the boards as I felt it looked better.
I got so excited that afternoon as seeing the size of the table in the space just confirmed that everything we were doing in this area of the garden was going to look great, it’s a really big table, but that was exactly what I wanted, enough room to fill with lots of yummy food and to seat lots of lovely people.
I’ll talk in more detail about the actual garden changes soon, but this side is *almost* finished and the table with it’s sexy copper hairpins takes centre stage.
I love that the bench legs are only 2 pronged, if they completely matched the table legs I think it would feel a little repetitive. The simplicity of hairpins really works well in a space that could potentially feel a little fussy, what with the pebbles and dry stone wall. Despite the weight of the wood on top and the overall size it is surprisingly sturdy.
We sunk breeze blocks into the ground, under the pebbles, so that there was a firm base for the table to stand on, there’s nothing worse than a wobbly table is there!? (Well, ok, there are lots of much worse things, but in table talk a wobbly one is a big no!)
We used an oak sleeper on the left, turning the edge of the raised bed into a bench, I like the contrast of the different types of wood and didn’t want the symmetry and matchy matchiness of a hairpin bench both sides. This means I have a set of bench legs left, so I can’t wait to come up with a use for those soon.
I’m on the hunt for the right chairs to compliment and finish it off, I love the Hans Wegner Wishbone replica here, but they’re just a tad too expensive to risk in the ever changing Cornish weather! It’s possible to get a plastic version, but I want to keep the furniture all wood here.
So there we have it, part of me really didn’t believe I’d have a proper place to sit out and enjoy the garden this year, but we’ve put in some hard work in the past few weeks and I can’t wait to share this space with friends and family over the Summer.
Let me know what you think, do you love it? I always enjoy hearing from you here in the comments, or over on Instagram/ Facebook.
This post is sponsored by The Hairpin Leg Co, but all opinions are my own. A big thank you to them for inspiring this space.