I built a square outdoor dining table that seats 8 people, for about $150! It has a cedar top (thanks to cedar fence pickets) and a sturdy base - it is strong and beautiful! You can put an umbrella in it too. This was a pretty simple build, and we love how it turned out.
Want to build it too? I'm sharing below the step by step plans, with diagrams, shopping list and cut list - everything you need to build it too!
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- 10 - 5' or 6' cedar fence pickets 5.5" width
- 6 - 2x4x8'
- 1 4x4x10 OR 2 4x4x8' - Can get all the cuts out of a 10' if available
- 2-1/2" exterior pocket hole screws (about 32 screws needed)
- 2" exterior decking screws, about 120 needed
- 4 - 4x4 @ 29.5" - legs
- 4 - 2x4 @47.5" (inset 1/2") - aprons
- 4 - 2x4 @ 50.5" - Under Table Supports - Measure to ensure tight fit
- Umbrella opening - 2 - 2x4 @ 10" (measure to fit) and 2 - 2x4 @ 2" (measure to fit, depending on under table support board spacing for umbrella opening)
- 10 cedar fence pickets @ 55" or run long and cut ends after installed, all at once, with a circular saw
Adjust the table for square by taking diagonals between opposite corners. If the tablet is square, the diagonals will match. If not square, adjust until diagonals match.
Layout the cedar fence pickets and adjust, so that there is an even overhang on all four sides.
Attach with 2" screws.
Sand the cedar top well, starting with a coarse sandpaper and working down to fine.