Outdoor Deck Tables

Submitted by Scott-F on Sun, 10/11/2020 - 18:34

My wife and I were looking for a dining table for our deck. We looked at a few to purchase but could not decide. I wanted something that would not take up a lot of deck space. When the Facebook post for the "Outdoor Bar Table" came up, it inspired me to try to build a similar table. I already had purchased a Kreg HD pockethole jig for a project I never got to (At least yet), so I figured construction would be pretty simple.

I should say my tables are loosely based off of Ana's plans, they served as a good reference. I lowered the table to 30" to match our existing deck chairs. I decided to actually build 2 half tables, so that when we were not using the table they could be set to the side of the deck. The back of each table is constructed with 2x4s so when the tables are put together it maintains the 4x4 look.

For the tabletop I had extra composite deck boards that I never used for the deck, so the depth of each half table was based on using 3 deck boards, with a 1/4" gap between each deck board. I used the same hidden fastener method I used on the original deck, so the deck boards are secured from under the table.

This being my first pocket hole project, there are a couple of small mistakes. 1) On the 45 degree trusses cut all 4 at the same time, then did the pocket holes. I missed the fact that I needed to drill 2 of the pocket holes on the opposite side. 2) I built the 2nd table back on top of the 1st table back so they matched. but I got mixed up when assembling the 2nd table so the pocket holes that should have been on the side facing the other table back, are facing the opposite side.

I did use Treated lumber for the table frame, and some of the pieces were still pretty wet, so we will wait until next year to paint the base.

We really like how they turned out, and that we still have almost all of our deck space when the tables are in the "Stored" locations.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
2x4, 4x4, Composite deck boards
Finish Used
None as of yet, Plan on painting after treated wood dries out
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project


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