This step by step diy woodworking project is about drop-leaf table plans. If you want to learn more about building an outdoor dining table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many other designs and plans to choose from when building projects for your backyard, so make sure you take a close look over the related plans that are featured on our site.
There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the table plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the patio table to suit your needs. Plumb the legs and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws into place. Drill pilot or pocket holes to prevent the wood from splitting. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Drop leaf Table Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 20″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 33 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 26″ long FRAME
- C – 3 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 29 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 29 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Post hole digger, Concrete mixer
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Building a drop leaf table
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the table. Cut the components at the right size, making sure you take accurate measurements and use 1×4 slats.
Top Tip: Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 1 1/4″ galvanize screws into the perpendicular components. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Building the legs for the table is a straight-forward process, as you need to mark the cut lines on the 1×4 slats and to get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner.
Continue the project by attaching the legs to the frame of the table. Build the legs of the drop-leaf table and secure them to the frame by using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue.
Drill pilot holes through the legs before inserting the screws into the frame. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and insert the screws into the frame. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.
Drill pocket holes through the supports before attaching the 1×12 slats to the table. Center the slats to the frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws through the supports into the components. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components and make sure there are no gaps between the slats.
In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to fit the 1×8 leafs to the sides of the table, as described in the diagram. Align the slats with attention and use the most appropriate hardware to lock the components into place.
Top Tip: Make sure the leafs slide properly before taking care of the finishing touches. Take your time and work with attention.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the table from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the table in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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