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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Jessica Renee (not verified)

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 12:01

A 1x4 is typically 3/4" thick. So, once you get the screw (put in straight down/square) through the table top board you'll have another 1 1/4" that will secure the board into the support/apron.

If you aren't using a Kreg Jig, you'd be screwing from the top of the table down and not from the underside. I think that's where you might be confused, too.

Jessica W (not verified)

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 17:09

I think you use the Kreg Jig for better stability and to hide those screws. I didn't know what it was before finding this blog, but it looks like a great tool!

Anthony S (not verified)

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 20:30

Nice design.
Using galvanized screws in the construction of this outdoor
table will prevent fixing points from rusting in the outdoors.
The screws suggested here could also the sprayed with a
galvanized coating available from hardware stores prior to

travelnFog (not verified)

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 12:29

I love the table. Can you put in a link to the bench and chair build pages if they exist? if not it might be an idea....

thanks for a great DYI blog.

Céline (not verified)

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 09:28

Dear Ana and readers,

Thank you very much for all those plans. Like others have said many times, your website gives me the boldness to try and build something myself. But... I am one of your European readers and, since we don't use the same measurements or standards, I'm not sure how to interpret your instructions.
Could you, as an example, explain to me the following line ?
5 – 8′ – 1×4

Then I could "translate" the intructions more easily for the various projects in the future.

I very much hope someone can help me! Thanks a lot in advance !

Céline from Italy

Secret Agent Mom (not verified)

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 09:14


I am building this table now!

5 - 8' -1"x4" is:
Five total boards measuring eight feet long that are one inch by four inches width/depth. This symbol ' means feet and this " means inches.

In metric conversion I believe it would be something like this:
Five total boards measuring 2.4 meters that are 2.54 x 10.16 centimenters width/depth.

I used this chart:

I hope that helps!


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:05

Yes, it helps a lot ! It is indeed much clearer now for me.
Thanks a lot for your explanations and the link to the chart.
I am now ready to try for myself!
Good work on your table and thanks again for taking the time to answer!