This easy to follow woodworking plan will help you build an indoor or outdoor x table. These free do it yourself plans to build a modern style x picnic table feature step by step diagrams, suitable for beginner woodworkers. Inspired by Vanessa's amazing X table.
3 – 2×6, 12′ Length
1 – 2×6, 8′ or Stud Length
1 – 2×4, 8′ or stud length
1 – 2×2, 8′ Length
7 – 1×4, 8′ Length
1 1/4″ Wood Screws
2″ Wood Screws
2 1/2″ Wood Screws
Finishing Supplies (Wood Filler, Paint, Stain, Sandpaper, Sealer)
Work on a clean level surface using straight boards. Be safe, wear hearing, eye and any other safety equipment that is necessary. Predrill and countersink all of your screw holes. Always use glue. Check for square after each step. Remember, you can click the photos for a larger view. When you are making parallel cuts (for example, the legs) at an angle simply set your miter saw to a 45 degree angle. Then make the first cut as close to the end as possible. Measure from the edge, long point to short point and make a mark. Cut. Then simply slide your board down to make remaining cuts. If you do not have a miter saw, I intentionally set all the angles at 45 degrees. So to cut a 45 degree angle on a 1×4 board, you can simply measure 3 1/2″ from the point and make a mark. Then draw a line from the point to the mark – this is shown in the below diagram. You can do this with other width boards when cutting a 45 degree angle, just use the width of the board as a guide.
2 – 2×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Ends mitered back at 45 degrees as shown in step 1)
5 – 1×4 @ 30″ (Supports)
7 – 2×6 @ 71 3/4″ (Tabletop Boards)
2 – 1×4 @ 61 3/4″ (Side Aprons)
4 – 1×4 @ 40 1/4″ (Ends cut at 45 degrees, parallel)
8 – 1×4 @ 20 1/8″ (ONE end mitered down 45 degrees off square, measure to fit on legs)
1 – 2×2 @ 64 3/4″ (Stretcher)
Start by marking your table side aprons (the 1x4s 61 3/4″ long) every 10″ (this does not have to come out exact). Use these marks to guide you as you attach the supports, as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue. Then screw the side aprons to the end aprons from step 1. Make sure you square your project at this step.
Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue to fasten your tabletop boards as shown above. Remember, if you want to use your table for outdoor purposes, you should leave a 1/4″ gap between the boards. You can use a flat carpenters pencil as a guide. This will increase your overhang on the ends by approximately 3/4″, if you choose to ad spacing between your boards.
One tip a reader suggested is examining the ends of your boards. Each board will have a “bark” side or a side that the grain bends away from. Alternate the bark side up and the bark side down as you lay your tabletop boards. That way if your boards do “move” as wood can do, the boards will expand in a complimentary fashion, minimizing any tabletop warping.
Your table is going to need something to keep the legs from spreading appart – think dragging the table from the end. The amount of leverage on those top screws would be quite strong. So to keep your table together you can do a cross braces from the center of the Xs to the underside of the table. But I choose to keep this super simple and do a 2×2 as a stretcher so that most any beginner could tackle this project. Simply use the 2 1/2″ screws to screw the stretcher to the legs, in the centers of the X. TIP – once one side is fastened, use a level to determine where the other side should be fastened.