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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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?