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.



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.


Mon, 05/11/2015 - 08:38

Do you have plans to make this for 8? I am new at this and not very confident in making my own adjustments. Also, I made the picnic table from pressure treated wood. Didn't think about it not being safe to eat on. I did paint it . What do you recommend for outdoor furniture that is outside in coastal weather? Any recommendations for the best sealer to use?
It needs to last? thanks


Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:00

I made this with some leftover Tigerwood deck material.  I adjusted the legs to redwood 4x4.  Made the matching benches with the same material, but modified the legs to 2x4 redwood.


Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:29

I love it too, but where are the plans to do the modified square table with the prependicular design? Sorry but maybe I just haven't looked deep enough into the site!





Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:59

Great plan - functional table. What type of wood is recommended for outdoor tables/ chairs like these? Especially for california weather. Also is there a plan for the chair?


Sat, 03/28/2020 - 05:47

Ana this table is great exactly what I am looking for, but how would I go about using this table with an outdoor umbrella? Would you be able to suggest this modification?

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