Want a durable outdoor table and bench set that can stand up to all kinds of punishment, from family to the weather? Consider building one with a gabion wire mesh kit. They are easy to assemble, virtually indestructible and add a touch of “industrial chic” to any outdoor décor.
Versatility and Ease Earn Wire Cages a Big Thumbs Up!
“Gabion” comes from the Italian word “gabbione” meaning ‘big cage’ and that is exactly what these wire containers are. Used in construction and landscaping, it is a box made from wire mesh that acts as a support or building block, which is filled with stones, concrete or dirt. DIYers are building patio benches, planters and even water features out of these versatile containers.
Pre-Cut Kits Make Building a Breeze
You can use rolled wire mesh to build a Gabion cage, although using ready-cut kits is so much easier. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are generally constructed out of 3/16th-inch gauge wire. Some are available with a PVC coating so you won’t need to seal them.
Fab Re-Purpose for Old Lumber
Determine the size of your table and where you want to place it. Once your stones are added, moving it will be difficult. Decide on the materials to use for the table top and bench seats. Used lumber, railway ties, pallets and even stone are all options.
Materials & Tools Needed
- (4) small rectangular Gabion wire kits for bench supports
- (2) large rectangular Gabion wire kits for table supports
- reclaimed wood for table top and bench seats
- (6) small 1” x 2” boards to fasten table and bench tops onto
- filler material – pebbles, stones or recycled glass
- angle grinder and safety goggles
- circular saw
Right Size Supports Make a Sturdy Table or Bench
Select the size kits that will best fit your design and will support the maximum weight expected.
The pre-cut sides of the kit are assembled using the wire spirals provided. After wrapping the wire through the corners bend the ends back with pliers. Use an angled grinder to cut the cage down to the height you want and to trim off any unwanted sharp edges.
Construct a Gabion Table & Benches in 6 Easy Steps
- Cut wood – Use a circular saw to cut reclaimed wood for table top and benches to the length you desire. Cut 1” x 2” cross supports with 45-degree on ends.
- Assemble – Join table and bench tops to the cross supports.
- Brace box – Attach a wire from one side to the other (6” down from top) to help the box retain its shape when rocks are added.
- Fill cage – Adding a lightweight object or cheaper fill material in the center of the container will cut down on the amount of high grade stones you will need.
- Add tops to the support pillars – The cross supports should fit snuggly inside bin. Adjust rocks to create a level surface.
- Paint or stain table top and benches – Depending on the materials used you may want to coat the boards in polyurethane to protect it from the weather.
Endless Choices for Fill Material
If you want a densely packed cage, combine smaller pebbles with larger stones to fill in gaps. Another option is to use logs to line the visible sides and fill the center with cheaper gravel. A chic choice is adding a clear plastic or Plexiglas container inside the cage, lining the outside with sea glass, then filling the rest with sand. The choices are endless.
See What Gabion Cages Can Do for Your Yard
Once you see what you can do with Gabion wire cages, you’ll be ready to tackle bigger and better DIY projects. Why stop with a table? Why not terrace the back yard? Move over Caesar, today you conquered the patio, tomorrow you party!
Looking for a companion piece to go along with your new table? Our blog, A DIY Couch to Enjoy All Summer Long, has easy tips on building a seating area out of concrete blocks.
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