How To Build An Outdoor Table

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Build a Table

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Project Overview

The garden or patio table can become an indispensable item throughout summer especially if you have a shady retreat where you can enjoy the company of friends. The size of this table can be increased to suit your requirements but will require extra materials.


Timber: Treated pine or hardwood timber is equally suitable for this project. Treated pine is recommended for its lightness and workability. Use only preservative treated pine then paint or stain with a suitable exterior product.
Top: 7pcs 90 x 35mm x 1070mm
Rails: 2pcs 70 x 35mm x 650mm
Legs: 4pcs 70 x 35mm x 900mm
Braces: 2pcs 70 x 35mm x 600mm
Screws: Use wood screws countersink rib head and corrosion proof –38/57x8g, 6/65x10g
Paints: Two or preferably three coats of 100% acrylic paint
Filler: Screw holes are filled with fi ller suitable for outdoor use
Sandpaper: 120 grit


Tape measure
Hacksaw or power saw
Bevel gauge and a protractor (to obtain angles)
Rafter square
50-75mm paint brush
Cordless or power drill
Marking gauge
1/3 sheet sander

Step by Step Instructions

1 Making the table top
2 Making the legs
3 Assembly
4 Finishing off your table
  • Step 1. Making the table top

    Cut the top boards to length. Shape the corner diagonally using a plane, then cut the two end support rails to length with their 50 deg end levels. Lay one of these on the workshop floor and pencil a line around its profile to make it easy for setting up the legs later. Lay the boards on the supports to check for fit allowing about 4mm spacings between.

    Use a 100x4.5mm nail as a spacer. Adjust this spacing more or less to fit the supports. Allow the edge boards to over hang the supports 5 or 10mm. Check the top is approximately square using a square. Fasten the top board to the spacers with the 57x8g screws. Countersink the screws slightly below the surface.

  • Step 2. Making the legs

    Cut the legs to size and shape. Lay the legs on the floor with their top ends up to the previously outlined support rail in their proposed positions. Using a straight edge, check the bottom of the legs are in alignment, then mark the leg crossing intersection on each leg ready for the half check housing. Mark out the housing depths. These should be half the thickness of each leg. 

    Remove the housing waste using a saw and chisel. Prime paint the housings. Prime paint all the joints before fastening together. Tack together the legs with two nails to temporarily hold the shape and screw fasten both to the support rails with 2 or 3/57x8g screws each end. Then screw join the legs together at the housing using 2 or more screws. Attach both pairs of legs in this manner.

  • Step 3. Assembly

    Cut the top ends of the braces to shape then measure the length required - see fig.2. To obtain this measurement, keep the legs square. Cut these to length and screw fasten to the legs intersections and the top boards.

  • Step 4. Finishing off your table

    Fill all screw countersink holes with an exterior filler and allow to dry. The table is now ready for painting or staining.

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