DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

It's time for this month's edition of the Power Tool Challenge and the theme this month is Anything Goes. In July 2014 I shared How To Build A DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table and thought I'd pull it out of the archives today considering it's that time of year when many of us enjoy spending summer evenings outdoors with friends.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have space for a backyard firepit. This is a great alternative that fits easily on a deck or small patio. This is NOT meant to burn firewood - use small eco logs or gel burners ONLY.

DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table for small backyard spaces

How To Build An Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

It all started one afternoon when I unearthed our 20" fire bowl (*affiliate link) from the side of the house that had been used just a handful of times. We have a backyard firepit but sometimes just feel like lounging on the deck in the evening instead. This was a great way to create an inviting conversation area and warm our toes at the same time.

Step 1: Refreshing the fire bowl

Cleaning and painting Small Fire Bowl Table

It was pretty rusty so after a good scrubbing with a wire brush I gave it several coats of High Heat BBQ Spray Paint (*affiliate link) in flat black. Good as new!

Step 2: Materials Used

Materials used to build an Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

We built our table using  2 x 2 lumber and 1 x 6 fence boards.  I ripped the fence boards in half on the table saw.  You read that right, I'm getting braver with power tools involving a sharp blade! 

Step 3: Building the frame

Building hexagon frames for Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

To create the hexagon shape, cut each 2 x 2 at a 30° angle. Each joint is glued and screwed together. You will need two hexagons, one for the base and one for the top.

Step 4: Assembling the table

Constructing the hexagon frame for an Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

Measure the 2 x 2 uprights to the height of the top rim of the fire bowl plus 2-inches to raise it from the deck and create feet. With galvanized screws, attach the 2 x 2's onto the outer center of each hex, ensuring they sit level on the top.

Step 5: Attaching the slats on the top

Attaching wooden slats to frame of DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

Attach the ripped fence boards from the underside to avoid exposed screws on the top.  Leave a small gap between each board.

Tip: Place a shim or piece of wood between the boards for perfectly even spaces.

Add supports to the underside of the top, following the hexagon shape 2-inches from the outer measurement of the fire bowl. This will accommodate the opening for the fire bowl.

Tip:  We realized afterward that two supports running directly across all seven boards, a few inches out from the hole, would have been sufficient. 

Step 6: Attaching the slats on the bottom

Repeat step 5 for the bottom shelf, minus the underside supports.  To add some interest, run the slats in the opposite direction from the top (as pictured in Step 7).

Step 7: Cutting the hole for the fire bowl

Cutting hole into center of DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

Mark the center point of the table. Place a screw in the center and attached a pencil on some string measured to the diameter of the fire bowl.  Using a jigsaw, cut out the circle.  The fire bowl fits snug as a bug!

Step 8: Adding the pretty

DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table stained Sage Green

Sand the entire table and smooth the edges of the fence boards.

We used two coats of  Solid Stain (*affiliate link) in the color Sage Green to match our Adirondack chairs.

How to build an Adirondack Fire Bowl Table

When not in use there is plenty of room to use the table as a foot stool.

DIY fire bowl table to match our Adirondack chairs.

I love how well it looks with our Adirondack chairs and makes for a comfortable conversation area on our deck.

We have since added a DIY Water Wall to our conversation area which adds even more enjoyment to our time spent on the deck.

Don't have room for a Water Wall, we also turned a trio of Plant Pots Into A Water Fountain.

DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table in deck conversation area

Did you spot Sexy Rexy trying to hide from the camera?  He has claimed that chair and will literally lay in this spot all day sleeping and lazily watching the birds and squirrels. When the fire bowl is going, he's right there with us.

Now for some IMPORTANT safety tips...

Obviously, because our table is of wood construction you would not use it for a rip-roaring bonfire!

Pictured above are a couple of heat sources you can use. We prefer the Eco Logs cut in half with a chop saw. With either of these, you do not get a big flame or hot sparks flying out of the bowl, thus creating a fire hazard. They give off just enough heat to keep you toasty warm.  The added bonus is that being Citronella, it helps keep the mosquitoes away!

Many a Summer evening is spent around our fire bowl enjoying a bottle of wine.

Now let's see what my talented friends in the Power Tool Challenge Group made for their Anything Goes project.

DIY Family Sign by My Love To Create
DIY Aiderondack FireBowl Table by Interior Frugalista
DIY Headboard Bench by Domestically Speaking
DIY Wall Sign by Designs By Studio C
Easy Bird Feeder by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY Headboard Bench by Designed Decor
DIY Small Pet Bed by H2OBungalow
How To Use A Kreg Jig by My Repurposed Life

You will find this project shared at these fabulous Link Parties.