This simple table is a stunner with it’s clean lines and slightly coastal feel! This is the perfect little dining or entertaining piece for outside, perhaps with the banquettes or benches, or even configured with a corner unit into a nook like arrangement. Another fabulous addition to our Chesapeake Collection and one that would look equally as fabulous inside or out! Did I mention that this will cost you less than $40 to build? Yep, true story!
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Jig Saw – optional and if you prefer a more angular legs you can use a circular saw or table saw as well and you can actually also use your sander to get the job done if need be!
Kreg Jig® (pocket hole system)
2 – 4x4 at 6’ (your store may only sell these in 8’ lengths so you will have extra)
3 – 1x3 at 8’
1 – 1x3 at 6’
2 – 1x4 at 8’
2 – 1x4 at 6’
2 – 1x6 at 8’
1 – 1x6 at 6’
1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws – Stainless Steel or Blue Kote if this is for outdoor use
2” Wood Screws or Nails or Finish Nails – galvanized or coated if for outdoor use
Wood Glue – suitable for outdoor use if need be
4 – 4x4 at 29 1/4” Legs
2 – 1x4 at 26 1/2” Side Aprons
2 – 1x4 at 51 3/4” Front and Back Aprons
2 – 1x4 at 55 3/4” Interior Table Frame Supports
36 – 1x3 at 9 1/2” Table Top Interior Boards
3 – 1x6 at 49 3/4” Outer and Center Table Top Boards
2 – 1x6 at 35 1/2” Outer Side Table Top Boards
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!
Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut out Your Legs: Begin with your 4x4 and starting at 3 1/2” from the top of each leg, carve on the inside edges of each leg, at an angle downward so that the bottom of each leg is a full 1” smaller than the top. The outside of each leg will remain straight and only the inside edges will angle. This is optional and for decorative purposes only.
Fasten Aprons and Frame Supports in Place: Use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to fasten to the Legs and to fasten the interior frame supports to the side aprons. Set the Aprons in 3/4” from the outside of the legs.
Construct the Table Top: Using your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue, fasten the Boards together as shown below. Space the Interior Table Top Boards 1/4” Apart. To attach to the legs and frame, you can simply use your 2” finish nails or 2” screws to fasten directly to the legs, aprons, and interior supports. Be sure you center the top and place the pocket holes face down when fastening in place. To create an umbrella hole, use a 2” or 2 1/4” hole saw bit or spade bit and create a hole directly in the center of the table. I recommend doing this once the table top has been put together and perhaps even after you have fastened the top in place. It will be easier to do this way.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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