How to build an outdoor table

Gardens and patio areas are well-defined places of your house where you can have fun with family and friends at any time. You can stroll there, relax, eat, play, and possibly do anything there relative to your outdoor activities. Without a wise selection of suitable pieces of furniture, the outdoor area is of no use. You need sitting benches, sofas, and dining tables to enjoy to the fullest. The DIY outdoor table is really interesting. Sound good? Thought so! Let’s get to it so you can pick one and get started!


WHY SHOULD YOU BUILD AN OUTDOOR TABLE YOURSELF?

In modern times, the outdoor table has become a fashion statement and is used by many people around the world. With an outdoor table, you can enjoy every moment with your family and friends. 

Decorate your house with the nicest and classiest furniture legs, create more comfortable and chill living spaces in your outdoor space so that improve your life qualities. This is probably a chance for all family members to do together. 


WHAT YOU NEED

  • 2 - 1 x 4 cedar boards @ 8 feet

  • 3 - 2 x 4 cedar boards @ 8 feet

  • 2 ½” exterior pocket hole screws

  • 1 ¼” pocket hole screws

  • Kreg Jig

  • 3 - 1 ½” L angle brackets

  • 18” long plastic planter box (Buy two if you plan to switch out the flowers for an ice bucket occasionally!)

  • Exterior wood stain (I used Behr's Semitransparent Exterior Stain in Coffee)

  • Drill

  • Miter saw or circular saw

  • Don't forget your safety gear when woodworking! 


INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Cut Lap Joints

The first thing we are going to do is build our “x’s”. Cut your lap joints were defined in the plans. Start on the two outside edges and then make all your other cuts between those two, that way you can make sure you don’t cut the hole too big. These cuts don’t need to be pretty, because they will just be chiseled out.

Step 2: Assemble Legs

Once your lap joints are cut, we will build the legs. You just simply match the two-lap joints together and attach them with wood glue and screws. Make sure and double-check where you are cutting your lap joints so that they are on the correct facet of the wood.

Because these legs are cut at a 45-degree angle it leaves a very sharp point on the bottom of the legs. In order to keep the edges from breaking off, you will need to trim them a little and sand them down. Using your circular saw, just saw of that little sharp edge where the line is…see below (note: legs are upside down in the picture so that is the part that actually sits on the ground).

Step 3: Assemble Frame for Top

Set the legs aside and get started on the top. The top is mainly built with pocket holes so it’s time to get some practice with your Kreg Jig! Attach using 2 1/2″ pocket holes.

Step 4: Add Trim to Frame

This table is trimmed out with 2×4’s so we will need to add those around the edges. Since the herringbone pattern is inlayed in the top you need to attach the trim pieces leaving the 3/4″ space where the 1/x4’s will be attached. The best way to do this is to add scrap 1×4″ pieces under the frame (not the trim pieces). Just be sure you are working on a level surface.

Step 5: Assemble Table

Now comes the fun part, putting it all together! Attach your legs to the tabletop frame with wood glue and screws. I actually attached the 4×4 beam to each leg before attaching it to the top frame (you will definitely need a Kreg Jig HD for this part). That way you can center it up and be sure you are even on both sides, plus it was just easier to do it that way for me.

Step 6: Herringbone Pattern

This is probably the most difficult part. It’s not that it’s hard to do, but it’s tedious. I definitely recommend measuring and cutting each piece individually here. Obviously, no piece of lumber is perfect, and it’s amazing how easy it is to get off on your measurements when a board is just a hair wider than another one. So what I found easiest for the top was to cut all my pieces and lay them in, get everything lined up, and using wood glue and my Ryobi AirStrike Finish Nailer I attached each 1×4 one at a time.

Now, all that’s left is to sand and finish your new table!

Make your project easier with metal outdoor table legs/bases from Flowyline, why not?

Metal outdoor table legs and bases from Flowyline Design are highly crafted by handmade metal furniture makers, so they are prolonged to use, unique look, contemporary elegance, are budget-saving, easy-setting, and are easy to care for. 

Go especially well with any of your table or benchtops, be it the live edge, wood, or epoxy, be it your custom table, dining table, console table, or oval butcher block table.

Decorate your house with the nicest and classiest furniture legs, create more comfortable and chill living spaces in your home so that improve your life qualities. This is probably a chance for all family members to do together. 

These metal table legs and bases are always packed nicely, ready to be delivered to spruce up your living space, and come equipped with adjustable levelers hidden well in the feet. All you need to do is to bolt the base on your table or benchtop and go.