Simple Outdoor Dining Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 19:39
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Build your own outdoor table!  This simple plan requires on special tools and is beginner friendly!  Build and enjoy this weekend!  Free plans by

Built and photographed by Mr Thompson

This modern style outdoor table is easy to build.  The matching bench plans are available here.

Overall Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

5 – 1×4 Boards, 12 feet long (Cut Tabletop Boards from these)

5 – 1×4, 8 feet long (Supports and Aprons)

1 – 2x4, 12 feet long

1-1/4″ self tapping exterior wood Screws

2" self tapping exterior wood Screws

2-1/2″ self tapping exterior wood screws

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Finishing Supplies

Cut List

2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)

4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)

2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)

17 – 1×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)

4- 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Check for square after each step. Use good straight boards. Predrill and countersink your screws. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Use proper safety precautions and equipment.


Step 1

Aprons and Support. Build the aprons and supports for the tabletop as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws. Make sure the project is very square.

Step 2

Outer Side Aprons. Fasten the outer side aprons to the sides, as shown above, keeping top and bottom edges flush. There will be a 2 3/4″ gap on both ends, as shown above.

Step 3

Tabletop boards. Use 2″ screws and glue to fasten the tabletop pieces to the aprons and supports. It is wise to mark all the joints on the undersides of the tabletop boards before fastening. There will be a 1/2″ gap between boards. If you happen to have a Kreg Jig™, you can fasten from underneath. (Kreg Jig™ K4 Pocket Hole System). This will hide all of your screw holes. As one reader mentioned, examining your boards and facing the board so the bark side is up will help prevent cupping in the future, and also create better water drainage.

Step 4

Legs. Screw the legs on with 2 1/2″ screws. If you leave the glue off or use bolts, you can make the legs removable.

Step 5

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Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:17

I am in LOVE with this site! I have been bugging my husband for a few years now for patio furniture. We usually get the hand me down stuff from family. I am a SAHM and with one income it is next to impossible to afford new furniture, indoor or outdoor! I just showed him these plans and we are EXCITED to build our own. I'm sure our dinners on the patio will be that much more enjoyable, knowing we are sitting at a table we built ourselves! Thank you so much Ana- We look forward to building many things, thanks to you!

Buffy (not verified)

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 11:10

Could this be built with composite lumber that would be maintenance free? Has anyone tried it?


Fri, 07/08/2011 - 14:04

Im going to build this table as a surprise for my husband for our anniversary. Here's my issue though. My patio is 13' x 13' and this table is a little too big for my space. I was thinking of reducing the size down to approximately 4' x 4' but because this will be my first time building anything I am unsure how to do so. Can anyone help me with a new list of cut sizes please?!

Connie (not verified)

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 09:09

I would love to build my own outdoor dinning table, but can you please provide me with the cut list & shopping list for an 8 foot long dinning table. Would really appreciate it. This is my first project, so I want ti to be perfect. I will send you a photo when I'm done. I am really excited to get started.

Thanks so much, I love your website.



Fri, 07/22/2011 - 11:22

Does anyone have the plan to make this larger, say seating 10 or 12 people? I read through the comments, but don't quite get how to adjust it (not super saavy with building). I need it spelled out.

Just discovered this site and am obsessed. Thanks so much for it.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 06:27

I would also love a plan for this table that sat 8-10 people. would we need an additional support in the middle? Thanks!

Jason! (not verified)

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 16:22

this looks like a great table, I Look forward to buying all of these things. I'll finally be buying my circular saw this weekend then proceed to Lowe's to get my supplies. This table looks great, I was wondering you should try to post some type of Circular table thats taller, and can seat 4 in the same type of wood gap material. I know it's really popular, and if I could find plans to make one I would. But the circular wood would be quite a trick that I don't know yet.

Joe C (not verified)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 19:19

I'm relatively handy, and I own a compound miter saw that doesnt get much use... this project was so incredibly easy - I'll be building MUCH more. The plans and cut list make this dead simple. This was surprisingly fast to make also.

I used pine from home depot (not premium) it was about $70 in wood.

For a beginner, I'd love to see details on exactly where to put the screws and how many. I dont have a kreg jig, and I haven't fastened my top boards yet - how should I do it? two screws on each support beam? so 8 per board? or is that overkill?

And I dont know about anyone else or how this is even possible - but I think this plan is short one 1x4 board.

The plans call for:
"5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)"

So four boards could be cut to:
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
(with 32" waste on each)

Leaving you with only one 96" board to get all this out of:
2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)

What am I missing?