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DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Happy Wednesday guys!

We are back with another plan today.  I am THRILLED with how this design turned out.  I wanted to design a table using only 2×4 studs and that’s exactly what I did.  This one uses 17 of them, which made my cost of lumber just under $60.  YEP… $60.  Before we get started on the build, you can see exactly how we built it in this weeks YouTube video tutorial HERE or by clicking below!

Now look how cute this thing turned out!

Be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!

First step is creating two table bases like below.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

We attached all of the pieces using wood glue and our Ryobi 18V Quietstrike Driver.  Guys… This thing is too legit.  It basically does all of the work for you, but it’s quiet like a drill not like the traditional driver.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

We used 2.5″ Spax screws with the driver to attach the screws.

Once the bases were built we added the foot pads.  We used wood glue and screws to attach these to the bottom of each leg assembly.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Once the bases were built, we attached the long runners to each base which created the basic bottom of the table.  Line the boards up on the center of the both the top and bottom of each leg assembly and attach them using wood glue and Spax screws.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Next, we attached the vertical support board.  This will attach to both long runners in the center to support the weight of the table.  We attached this board using wood glue and Spax screws.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

At this point we attached the diagonal pieces.  We like to line the boards up and actually mark our cuts with a pencil to get the best fit.  Attach these boards using wood glue and Spax screws.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

The final step of the base is attaching the shorter runner that will sit just on top of the the longer top runner.  Cut this to fit and attach it using wood glue and Spax screws through the top of the runner and into the runner below it.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Once the base is built, it’s time to build the table top.  We cut all  the planks to size and added 1.5″ pocket holes to one side of all but one of these boards using our K5 Kreg Jig.  You can find the K5 HERE on Amazon.  We also added a pocket hole to the end of each board.  We will use those to attach the bread boards in a next step.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Attach the planks together using 2.5″ pocket hole screws.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Now cut the breadboards to exact size, and attach them using 2.5″ pocket hole screws.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Final step is attaching the base of the table to the top of the table.  Turn the base assembly upside-down on top of the bottom of the table top and attach it using longer Spax screws through the base and into the table top.

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

We stained our table using our fav… Varathane Briarsmoke!

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

Be sure to add a coat of outdoor protectant like Spar Varnish on top of that since the table will be outdoors!

Here she is all finished up!

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table
DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

How cute are those chairs???  Those were a great Target find Ashley made and you can find them HERE!

DIY $60 Outdoor Dining Table

21 Comments

  1. Liz on September 22, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Hi, i love the table, do you think the support is strong enough to create a larger table top?

  2. Chris on February 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    The design looks great, although I have to put a diagonal cross support along the vertical legs, they wobble a little too much for my comfort level.

    The feet are a nice touch.

  3. Kristi on January 10, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Where did the “G” decoration come from?

  4. Dana Ferguson on January 8, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Anybody ever figure out the miter cut?It isn’t mentioned in the video or the plans? Is it 45 degrees?

  5. David Buttigieg de Piro on June 27, 2018 at 7:26 am

    What wood do you use seeing that the table is meant for outdoors?

    • david sandfer on October 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

      cedar is better for outdoors or you can use yellawood or any other pretreated wood.
      or paint it with an outdoor stain and finish.

  6. leanne on March 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Is there a way to do the top without the pocket holes? I don’t have a way to do those.

    • Brian on September 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Dowels, dominos, tongue and groove, rabbets, screwed together using a perpendicular piece of wood, etc. You can even just glue them together and then clamp them tight for 24 hours, although any further type of joinery will add strength.

    • david sandfer on October 25, 2019 at 7:05 am

      or just plain old style dowels. works great for putting boards together

  7. Crazy Girl Blonde on December 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Hi! I am at the diagonal pieces and i am stumped! I am new to angle cuts! Are the angle cuts 45 degrees?? Help please!!

    • Mattie on March 10, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Wondering the same thing. Did you end up just doing a 45?

      • Crazy Girl Blonde on March 23, 2018 at 10:05 am

        I used 30* angle.

  8. starnmoose on October 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hi there, I am in the process of making this table and wondering what angle the diagonal pieces are? I can’t find it anywhere…Is it just a 45* angle?

    thanks!

  9. Julie Bachman Else on June 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Are these kiln dried 2×4’s? If not, don’t they warp?

  10. Nichole Caten on June 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I like this but as a desk for my office at work, I love how big it is. If the center support was to be shifted to an outer side of the bases would it still be stable or is it too wide? I want a room centered desk not one up against a wall. Or would it look okay if I kept it like a table haha?

  11. Nick on June 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Any bench ideas to go with this table?

    • Amy Rose on June 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

      My husband and I just built this table and made benches to match. We basically just took the over all design and shrunk it down to bench size. They fit easily under the table and don’t stick out at all!

      • Andrea Sebald on August 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

        Any way you could upload those dimensions? Math is not my strongest skill. ????

  12. Susan Y. on June 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    This would look good inside too!

  13. ColleenB. on June 15, 2017 at 5:13 am

    What a Great looking table.

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