DIY Outdoor Table for $65!

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Spring is one of my favorite times of year so, I had to take a break from furnishing our new home and move outside to our patio!

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I’ve been dying to build an outdoor table for this space and with a few 2×4’s and 2×6’s, I created this super stout and GORGEOUS outdoor table for – wait for it – only $65!

Of course, we have the printable plans for you to build your own!  You can click the image below or HERE to print them!

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A huge thank you to our friend Jay from Jays Custom Creations for converting our table design into PDF plans for you!

And, as always, I am also sharing the step-by-step pictures for you to follow along!

leg-piecesI started by cutting the legs at 10 degree angles.

safety-gearWe always make sure to protect our eyes and ears when we are building!  These 3M safety glasses and headphones are some of our faves from the 3M Safety Products line!

kreg-jigI used my Kreg Jig® K5 to drill pocket holes in both ends of each leg.  You can see that I have it set at 1 1/2″ pocket holes.

assemble-legsI used 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws and wood glue to assemble the legs.

legs-assembledAlmost done with the legs :)

add-2x4-to-legI attached the 2×4 to between the legs first.  If you attach the 2×6 first you will have a hard time adding the 2×4 – trust me ;)

add-2x6-to-legand now the 2×6!

add-stretcher-pieceI attached the legs to the planked top and attached the stretcher with wood glue and pocket hole screws.

add-top-stretcherThen the support under the table top.

add-xNow for the fun :)  I started attaching the double “x’s”.  This is a great place to measure and cut as you build!

add-small-x-piecesNow the small pieces.

add-trim-piecesNow, because I was designing the table as I was building, I added the trim as the final step.  Don’t do this!  Follow the plans and do it first but I did want to show this step so that you can see how I measure for the trim as I go.  I cut the long pieces first, attached them and then measured for the short pieces.

ready-for-finishAhhhhhh!  Love it!  This table has TONS of pocket holes so I did have to fill them.

 

wood-fillerI used 3M Wood Filler to fill them all

sandingand after it dried, I used 80-grit sandpaper from the 3M Advanced Abrasives line to smooth the wood filler out flush with the wood.

Rustoleum-Carrington-Stain1For the finish, I used one-coat of Rust-Oleum® Carrington Stain then used a sander to distress all over the table to get the worn look!

RustOleum-Spar-Varnish-1To help this table last, I put 3 coats of Spar Varnish on top of it :)

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how-to-build-an-outdoor-tableThat was it!  With some 2x boards, an afternoon of work and about $65, my family has this awesome outdoor table to enjoy and entertain at!!!  Now I can splurge on some decorations :)  It’s time for me to get busy on some matching benches :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Ashley

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Comments

  1. Leslie Schonlaw says:

    Look what we made with the DIY plans!! It is awesome!! Yes it was tricky at times, costs a bit more and is very heavy, but it is so big and comfy to sit 10 people at!! We live it!

  2. Mary Jo Kruchten Pawlenty says:

    Built this table over the weekend – love it! Thanks for sharing the plans. Do you have any plans available for matching benches?

  3. Love the color plans along with showing the drill holes. Thank you!

  4. How do you get such straight lumber? Do you spend hours at HD or Lowes pulling piece by piece off the racks till you find the right one?

    • Hi Jack! I hate to say it but yes…. Sometimes we are lucky and get lots of straight boards but most of the time it involves sifting through many. It’s worth it to us to spend time finding straight boards to save the money though :)

    • A jointer & planer will straighten boards but removes material to do it. They are good investment tools if you are serious about woodworking that I highly recommend.

      I don’t own a planer but I do a jointer and use it for planning wood 6″ wide or less.

      I still look for the straightest boards when I picking them out but sometimes they move when you get them in your own environment and have to be fixed.

      Good luck with your endeavors!

  5. Tammy Linskey says:

    Love this!!! I can not wait to build! Going to start today!!

  6. mrsmarycandice says:

    First off — I just want to say a big “thank you” for sharing the plans for this build. Sadly, as I was building it today, I hoped for a bit more clarification on a few things. I have just completed the table but I thought it might be helpful for others in the future.

    1 – I wished there was something mentioning that the center supports for the legs (2×6 and 2×4) should be at a right angle with the actual (making them flat instead of angled like the boards they connect to). When I built the legs, I made the center supports flush with the legs and didn’t realize til later (while attaching the long support at the end of the project) that they weren’t supposed to be that way. It caused a bit of a “problem” because while attaching the stretcher 2×4 at the end that stretches the length of the table, it wouldn’t connect flush. I had to actually miter the edges to make them sit flush.

    Sorry, I hope this is making sense. It is late and my preggo brain can’t seem to construct a proper sentence.

    2 – The distance between the boards on top doesn’t work out to be 2″. Those building this table will probably have to play with the distances between the boards.

    3 – I have a Kreg Jig and use it frequently but those 45 degree mitered angles were a bit awkward to use in the Kreg Jig. I did eventually wing it and get a couple holes in there but a few images or a video might be really helpful. I was surprised at how difficult it was to try to find someone online that had a video or images of how to do this properly.

    4 – Since the gaps between my boards were 1 1/2 – 2″ in the center of the table (I made them closer together on the pieces connecting to the frame), the support pieces that connects to the table top and the legs, was a beast to screw in. The gap ran right down the middle meaning there wasn’t much room on either side of the board to attach the screws without running the risk of splitting the wood. Also, I had to put the screws in at an angle to make them work. I noticed in the actual tutorial, you used a 2×6 for this piece but the plans call for a 2×4. I think the 2×6 would actually work better. I would have swapped it out but I had already cut all of the lumber and didn’t happen to have an additional piece of 2×6 long enough.

    5 – You did mention this in your actual tutorial but I think it is worth mentioning on the plans too — I HIGHLY recommend who ever builds this in the future to NOT cut the X pieces or the stretcher until everything else is assembled. The plan called for the stretcher to be 57 3/4″. I don’t know how it worked out to be so but my stretched ended up being 62″ long. And the X pieces were definitely trial-and-error. I think I ended up cutting mine about an inch longer than the actual plan called for.

    6 – For the actual table top, I found myself wishing that the plan had called for pocket holes on the ENDS of the 2×6 pieces that connect to the long side of the “frame” as well as along the length. When I connected the middle 4 boards with pocket hole screws, it joint was nice and tight. The two boards along the frame had small gaps in the ends where the end met the table. The gaps aren’t large but I think if I were to do it again, I would add pocket holes to the ends of those outside boards as well as along the length.

    7 – The last thing, I promise. On the plan, there is not mention of how far from the sides any thing should be connected. For example — when attaching the legs to the table, I wished that I had a “distance from the edge” measurement. The same goes with the connector boards. It would have saved a lot of time to know how far from the sides of the table for the 2×4 and how far from the outside of the legs for the final stretcher.

    I hope this isn’t taken as me putting “down” the plan and tutorial. I had a lot of fun building the table. I just wanted to let others know little pitfalls that they may encounter along the way. :)

    One more thing — for anyone reading this: This table is heavy. HEAVY. I am 30 weeks pregnant and I am not sure I will be able to help my husband life it off the garage floor and stand it upright. haha. I am sure it is at least a couple hundred pounds.

    I have attached a couple pictures of the process just for fun. The first is a picture of pregnant ole me looking like a crazy lady with my youngest daughter “helping” me. The second is of the table upside down on the garage floor. I JUST added the Xs and will attempt to help my husband flip it over tomorrow morning. The bottom connector piece looks crooked in this picture because of the shadows on the table…it is not actually crooked.

    • I’m sorry you had such a difficult time with this. The plans should use a 2×6 for the top stretcher so we will get that fixed ASAP. As for the other issues, the majority of them could have been solved by measuring and cutting as you built and there are pictures and plan pictures that reference the angle cuts as well as the side stretchers being parallel with the ground. If you have questions while you are building shoot us an email, comment here or find us on our social channels. We always do our best to answer those types of questions. We aren’t perfect and sometimes leave details out but we do our best to help. Thanks!

  7. Cheryl Aronson says:

    Beautiful!! Gee, I posted a potential project pic.. but can’t see it. oh well.. Great job!!

  8. Veridical_One says:

    Don’t hate me cuz I have a Kreg Jig. Lol

  9. I want to make some matching side tables….any possibility that you can provide a plan for this?
    Thanks

  10. Karen Shippey says:

    I love your website and all the projects you share here. I’m just starting to build some of your projects and I’d like to know if you usually sand your boards before staining them, either prior to building or afterward? Thanks!!

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