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.

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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.



Tue, 04/30/2013 - 18:34

Why can't I find the directions for the chairs and bench? Please help, I am sure that is is right in front of me...I just can't locate them :)

Ang Dly

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 13:21

I have some wonderful mosaic tile bought in bulk from the "Habitat for Humanity ReStore" and was thinking of creating a tile tabletop for this outdoor table - Instead of wood slats, I think a 3/4" plywood would serve as the top to place the tiles on. My Question -Would replacing the slats with plywood and Tile increase the weight of the top enough to require more support from the bottom?

If so, is Ana and Claydowling's suggestions of replacing the 1x 4s with 1x6s or 2x4s the answer, or does tile and plywood react so differently than wood planks to require different support? 

This is an amazing website - all the accomplishments here are very motivating!

Rachel M

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 07:44

Hey Ana,
I am so in Love with this site. Thank you so much for posting these plans.
I built this and the little bench yesterday. It took 6.5hrs. and well worth it. Such sturdy sturdy builds. I no more finished but we had dinner on it!!! My husband approves. I am also going to build the small stools/tables so it all can tuck under the table. I have enough scrap from this project to and the lounge chair to build the stools FREE.So $100 total got me a table, bench, and chair. Since our HD only carried 1x4's in 8' I bought 5 extra to make up for the 12' you called for. This gave me plenty of excess to play with.
Thanks again next is the Couch. Think Big and girl power to all!!


Tue, 01/06/2015 - 18:52

That is an amazing bed! Would you have any plans available for it that you would be willing to share?


Fri, 06/06/2014 - 21:47

So less than two years after I built it, this table went in the trash last weekend. It appears pine is no match for midwest weather, even with a thick coating of outdoor paint. The wood had gone bad already and the table pretty much collapsed on itself when my wife put a bunch of plants on it while working in the garden - thus pretty much turning this project into a huge waste of time & money.

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