My beautiful copper hairpin garden table.

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.

Here you can see we used some old decking to play around with the table size.
…getting a sense of the scale we were after…

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.

I was involved in the majority of the make process, but removing the banding from the end of the boards was a bitch, so I allowed Stu to do this whilst I made yummy Guacamole!
The legs attach really securely, I opted to set them in from the edge, this is just personal preference. Each set of legs comes with the screws required, which is really helpful.

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.

Seeing it inside, when it came in for 2 coats of Osmo Polyx oil and to avoid the torrential rain, really illustrated the sheer scale of what we had made!

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.

Perfect for a pre-bedtime sticker session.

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.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucy says:

    Really lovely ….. it looks wonderful. May you have many a happy play/meal/work/ drinkie there ! Thank you for the inspo:)

    1. Thank you Lucy xx

  2. Katie McPhillie says:

    Can I ask what length legs you used for the benches please?

  3. It’s amazing, I watched through Stories as you did it and I must say I am very jealous. Such a gorgeous space I can see you using for a lifetime xx

    1. Thank you xxx

  4. Taylor Paciuszko says:

    Hi Alice, I’ve been wanting to make a dining table like this for ages, your blog gave me the confidence to give it a go and I love the results. Im still to make the bench. I’ve been using old reclaimed scaffold boards, so cutting them may cause the wood to split slightly. What width is your bench? I’m wondering if just using one untouched plank would be wide enough.
    Cheers, Taylor

    1. Hi Taylor, thank you and I’m so glad this blog helped you crack on!
      My bench is made from 2 pieces of Scaf board, personally I felt 1 was too narrow and 2 would be too much, so I cut the boards down length ways, to create 2 16.5cm widths, which are joined together with a slight gap (as aesthetically I felt this looked better)…
      I hope this is helpful.

  5. Hi Alice, you have totally inspired me to make our own dining table. We move into a new home at the end of august and with ALL the moving costs adding up there is little left in our budget for a dining table.
    Love love love it and thanks so much for sharing x

    1. Hi Candice, so glad I could help, good luck with the move and enjoy making your new home your own ❤

  6. Cathy says:

    Do you think that the 3pin 12mms legs would support having a wider table? Maybe an extra -3 planks extra in width?

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