This table is an easy build and can easily be amped up in any manner you wish! Keep it simple and create the table top from a sheet of plywood, or get fancy and use a series of boards and a weathered finish. You can even swap the lumber for Cedar or Redwood prefab fencing (4×4 posts and fence boards) and with a bit of elbow grease in the sanding department you have yourself and pretty fancy outdoor dining table. Get creative or keep it simple, either way we can’t wait to see!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- 5 – 2×4 at 8’
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
- 8 – 2×4 at 30” – Legs
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 39”x60” – Top
- 2 – 2×4 at 33” – Short Aprons
- 2 – 2×4 at 53” – Long Aprons
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 the pieces for the Legs. “Sandwich” two Legs together. Secure with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws. This set of two Legs will create one Leg for the Table.
Cut the piece for the Top. With the Kreg jig for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in locations shown. Secure the Top to the Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.
Cut the pieces for the Short and Long Aprons. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends and along the bottom edge of each Apron. The Aprons will be set back 1-1/2” from the outer edge of the Top. Secure the Aprons to the Legs and to the Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School