Outdoor truss table and benches

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 07:22

I needed an outdoor table and thought this design would look lovely on my patio. I used 2x8's for the table and bench tops, which meant I couldn't run them through my 6" jointer; so I had to plane them as they came from the store. This resulted in a fair amount of sanding once I assembled the tops with a kreg jig and glue. Plugged the pocketholes  and used an outdoor deck stain for protection. The stain over the plugged pocketholes looked interesting enough that I almost used those sides for the exposed tops, but ultimately decided on the cleaner finish. The 4x4 legs and apron are in a black matte exterior paint, and I used a 1 5/8" forstner bit for the umbrella holes. It's a fun project, and assembly doesn't take too long at all. My patio is now a great place for a morning cup of coffee while reading the paper and has already become the spot for neighborhood gatherings.

Estimated Cost
Expect around $300 for table, 2 benches, paint and stain.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine (for the table top)
Finish Used
3 coats marquees charcoal black matte for the truss legs and aprons. 80, 150, and then 220 sanding before 1 coat transparent walnut timber oil deck stain for the tops.
Recommended Skill Level