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


  1. Ruben on July 2, 2022 at 10:32 am

    I loved the base design and added it to another (farmhouse style) table top. Thanks for the plans. Adjusted slightly, solid and beautiful.

  2. hilda on July 1, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Has anyone tried making it a 9′ or 10′ table and counter height? Tried to figure out the adjustments. If I make it a 9′ can I keep the base the same, except adding more height to it. Another idea would be using 2 x 6 for top vs. 2 x 4.

  3. Nick D on April 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    This is an amazing design and very accessible to build. Thank you for all the info! It makes me so sad that this “$60” table now costs over $200 due to skyrocketing lumber prices.

  4. Av on February 15, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Did anyone sand down or send through a planer?

  5. Kim Peay on May 17, 2021 at 9:36 am

    I did this over the weekend and it looks great! The plans are so easy to follow. Thank you SO much! That Krig jig is no joke. Absolutely love that you cannot see and of the screws.

  6. Geoffrey on October 17, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    That table looks really solid! Loving the weathered lumber look too, much better than the outdoor furniture for sale elsewhere. I’ll just make my own!

  7. Margy on June 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Has anyone used 1×4’s for the table top instead of 2×4’s? I’m curious if it looks good and is sturdy.

  8. Marie Istre on May 31, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    My husband & I want to make this table but we need to make changes in the size. Could you possibly help us?
    We need the table height 36” finished & the finished length 6’.
    This will be used on our cabana.
    Thank you.

  9. Charles E WIlson on May 27, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Just an FYI. On the angled pieces, if built to the dimensions in the plans. They should be 32 degree cuts on both ends with the length from the bottom bottom of one angle to the bottom of the other being right at 24.5″.

  10. Hadley Pinnow on May 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    How would I make this into an 8′ table? Would it change the look of it and the angled pieces? I’m new at this;)

    • Steve Leibert on October 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Just make the top longer. Leave the base the same. I cut my table pieces @ 88”. With the end pieces, makes it about 8’

  11. Mary on May 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Love this table. Do you think it’s possible to use 2 boards at the middle post, but apart, and then make a hole so an umbrella could go through?

  12. Kimberly Wirries on May 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

    It is 30º for the cut, NOT 43º

  13. Kathleen on April 27, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Curious, what would be the best thing to do if you were to want to expand the table to accomodate ten people? Would making it larger be detrimental to the strudyness/integrity of the table?

    • George F on April 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Wondering the same thing!

  14. kathy on March 15, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    do you have to leave spaces in-between table top if leaving outside all winter
    It gets cold and snow here in buffalo, ny

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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

    Where did the “G” decoration come from?

  18. 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?

    • Mike on April 11, 2020 at 7:32 am

      43 degrees

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

    • Mike on April 11, 2020 at 7:33 am

      They are 43 degrees

  22. 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?


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

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

  24. 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?

  25. 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. ????

      • Alex Sween on April 27, 2020 at 10:37 am

        Could you post those dimensions?

      • Rachel on June 21, 2020 at 11:47 am

        Hi Amy!
        Do you have the plans for the benches? Trying to figure out how to size it down!

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

    This would look good inside too!

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

    What a Great looking table.

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