Mark Rayner Mark Rayner creates this stylish table with a beaten copper effect.
You will need:
* Measurements are based on 50mm x 50mm dressed timber (true measurement 45mm x 45mm). Always check measurements before cutting timber and plywood to fit.
Also required: Exterior PVA glue, paintbrush, paint roller and tray, 75mm brass screws, 40mm brass screws, exterior filler, sandpaper, drill, screwdriver and set square. Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect, Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene El Salva, Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Nero, Resene Enamacryl Metallic tinted to Resene Copper Fire and Resene Clearcoat UVS protective glaze.
Top tip: Countersink screws for a neater finish
Another idea: Use a similar technique to create matching bench seats – make outdoor seats about 450mm high.
Cut timber and plywood to dimensions listed. Sand rough edges. With the set square as a guide, fix a table leg into the end of the front support with two 75mm screws and PVA glue (drill pilot holes first). Repeat with other legs and supports to make a four-legged frame.
Make sure the frame is squarely aligned as you fix the plywood top to the front, back and side supports with 40mm screws and PVA glue – again, drill pilot holes first.
Ensure the first leg is at a right angle as you fix the plywood edging to the front support and table leg, using 40mm screws and PVA glue. Work around the table to fix the remaining plywood edging in the same way.
Using an old brush and stippling technique, apply one generous coat of Resene Sandtex to the table top and side edging. Allow to dry for two to three hours.
Paint the table legs and underside of the table top with two coats of Resene Nero, and the table top and side edging with two coats of Resene El Salva. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Using a paint roller and tray, apply two coats of Resene Copper Fire to the tabletop and side edging. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.
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