Simple Outdoor Dining Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 14:03
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Build your own outdoor table!  We love the simple styling and clean lines of this outdoor table. This simple plan requires no special tools and is beginner friendly!  Build and enjoy this weekend!  Free plans by

diy outdoor dining table

Built and photographed by Mr Thompson

This modern style outdoor table is easy to build.  The matching bench plans are available here.

This plan has been updated.  The old plans are still available here.

simple modern outdoor dining table plans
Overall Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (cut longest boards first)
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 100 - 1-1/4" to 2" long - self tapping exterior screws (look for star bit ones)
  • 25 - 2-1/2" long self tapping exterior screws
Cut List

3 - 2x4 @ 56-1/2" - frame 

2 - 2x4 @ 28-3/4" - frame ends

4 - 2x4 @ 29-1/4" - legs

15 - 1x4 @ 31-3/4" - tabletop boards

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the frame of the table with the longer screws, two screws per joint.

Adjust for square by taking opposite diagonal measurements and adjusting until the opposite diagonals match.

Step 2

Attach legs to the frame (will be easiest upside down).  Multiple screws at an angle into the legs will be stronger than screws straight on.

Step 3

Clamp a straight edge to the outside of the table and lay out the tabletop boards with a 1/2" gap in between.  Screw down with the shorter screws.

For the end boards, screw to the end of the frame too - this will add considerable strength to your table.



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.

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