Modern Outdoor Patio Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 15:10
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Modern outdoor patio table that is easy to build. This table could easily work with benches or chairs. For more information and TONS more photos go to http://decorandthedog.blogspot.com/2013/06/diy-outdoor-patio-table.html

96" x 38.5" x 30"

Preparation

Shopping List

All boards pressure treated
2"x4"x8' – 2
1"x4"x8' – 3
1"x6"x8' – 7
6"x6"x8" - 3
1 1/4" outdoor screws (if you can find them for the kreg jig they are blue coated, otherwise any other outdoor screws will work)
Outdoor wood glue (we used Titebond III)
3" outdoor screws

Cut List

1x4 -
94.5" - 2
38.5" - 2
2x4x37" – 4
5" inside tapered out at 45 degrees for corner supports (can be approximate)
6x6x30" - 8

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Glue one side of a 6x6 to another 6x6 to make one leg that is 11"x5.5"x30". It is best to clamp these together overnight. If you do not have clamps big enough for these, I think putting something heavy on it will work just fine. Once dried overnight, sand smooth.

Step 2

Using pocket hole screws, attach the 94.5" 1x4 to the 38.5” with the 1 1/4" outdoor screws and wood glue (do not use the regular kreg screws as they will rust with the pressure treated wood/weather conditions). If you just have deck screws like I did, just make sure not to screw them too far as they will pop out the other side of the board.

Step 3

Put the 37" center supports in at 19" intervals using glue, 1 1/4" screws and pocket holes.

Step 4

Drill straight down on the long sides of the corner supports so the hole comes out the middle of the 45 degree cut. Using wood glue and 1 1/4" screws put in all 4 corners.

Step 5

Check to make sure the 1x6 boards are 96" (mine were all uneven lengths longer than 96"). Place 4-5 pocket holes in each board, besides the last one, and using 1 1/4" screws and glue attach boards together for the table top. I found it helpful to have a large clamp to help pull uneven boards together. Flip so top is up, sand out any unevenness. (Ignore the legs in the following photo.)

Step 6

Flip top back over. Put glue on top of the structure built earlier, flip down on top of the table top, screw together to top.

Step 7

While it still upside-down, on the outside 2x4 supports, measure 18" from each side, this is where the insides of the legs will go. Make sure to mark the side of the board that is closest to the middle.

Step 8

Put pocket holes on the 3 sides of the legs that will not be touching the 2x4 support. Using glue place on the upside down table, using 1 1/4 screws in the pocket holes, and after drilling pilot holes in the 2x4 support (I did 4 in each 6x6, or 8 in each leg) attach with the 3" screws. It might be best to stain the inside of the legs before attaching them as there is only 1" in between, we were able to get it stained with brushes after, but would be much easier before.

Step 9

Once all legs are attached, it is time to flip it back over. You will want friends for this as it is heavy and awkward. We had four of us (one on each corner).

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Stain with a outdoor stain/sealant or stain and outdoor poly. We liked the fact that it was one coat and we were done. Let dry and then you are ready to enjoy your new table.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish Used
Olympic Maximum (Stain + Sealant in One) in Oxford Brown.
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Comments

Megan88

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 19:44

Hello Anna!
I'm so thrilled that I've stumbled upon your site. My husband and I plan to make a dining table this summer. I LOVE the look of this table, but would like to try it as a square top to better fit our dining area. I'd like it to seat 8. What modifications would you suggest?
Also, what type of wood do you recommend for this piece? We want it to be a family heirloom, so your advice on sturdy woods would be helpful!