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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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 17:03

I have to say, I really like this table! I just made one of your adirondack chairs, and after I make the second, I'm going to be making this table (though a shorter version to sit at comfortably with those chairs.

I can't wait. This site is awesome.

mfgtcb (not verified)

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:27

does anyone have picutres of where and how many kreg jig holes are used to fasten this together. For example how are each of the table top boards attached to each joist? with 2 hole/screws or just one on each of 4 joists?

Also any addtional details on how the legs are attached would be helpful.

Sureka (not verified)

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 18:02

I want this for a Kitchen Table....are there any suggestions or modifications I would need to make?

Sureka (not verified)

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 18:02

I want this for a Kitchen Table....are there any suggestions or modifications I would need to make?

Jason Kermeen (not verified)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 21:00

Great table Ana. Do you have the plans for the bench seats..

Also what wood would you suggest using.

Cheers from Australia

Roxie (not verified)

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 09:35

Love this site!! I want to build this to seat 10-12 people. I have read all the comments and don't get it. Can someone please be more specific as to how much material and cuts I need. This will be my first woodwork project!! Thanks Much!!!

cheryl xavier (not verified)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:44

Hi ana,i love your web site! i am a single mama in columbia s.c. and i love to do projects too. I am looking for a web site to build me a 24x24 ft. house for me and my little girl . i am looking at some land down here and i hope some one can give me a few ideas. if you have any pointers please send them to me . thanks and keep up the awsome craft projects and WONDERFUL web site!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL be looking back on here.