This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a patio table. If you want to learn more about building a nice wooden table for your backyard, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with attention and invest in the best quality materials you can afford (pine, redwood or cedar), as the table will be exposed to bad weather.
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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How to build a patio table
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- A – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 15 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 17 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 – 31″ long APRONS
- D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 3 1/2″” long BRACES
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 19 1/4″, 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 47″ long TABLETOP
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
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Building a patio table
First of all, we recommend you to assemble the frame of the tabletop. Cut the 1×4 slats at the right size and lock them together with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints after making sure the corners are right-angled.
Work with attention and check if the edges of the components are flush before inserting the screws. Drill pilot or pocket holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the 1×4 legs to the frame of the tabletop. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and secure the legs into place with galvanized screws.
Top Tip: Make sure the corners are right-angled and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to get a professional result. Pay attention to the instructions described in the diagram, for a nice appearance.
In order to enhance the rigidity od the patio table frame, we recommend you to attach the 1×4 supports, on both side of the table. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports, make sure the corners are square and secure them to the legs with pocket holes.
Although this step is not compulsory, we highly recommend you to take it into account, as it will add extra-strength to the structure of the wooden table. Cut a piece of 2×4 lumber at 3 1/2″ and them split them in half, by cutting them on the diagonal.
Place the supports to the four corners of the table and secure them into place with galvanized screws. Work with attention and don’t forget to add waterproof glue to the joints.
Building the tabletop for the wooden structure is not a complex job, but you need to plan everything with attention. Lay the 1×3 slats on a level surface, making sure you leave about 1/4″ between them. Place piece of plywood between the slats, in order to create even gaps.
Work with attention and center the frame of the table to the slats, before locking them together with the cleats. Secure the cleats to the legs with appropriate screws., after drilling pocket holes.
Making the curved ends of the tabletop is a simple process, but it requires a lot of preparation and accurate measurements. the easiest way to get the job done is to fit a nail to the middle of the rectangle.
Tie a 23 1/4″ string to the nail and a nail to the opposite end. Mark the curved cut lines on the tabletop, as shown in the plans. Afterwards, use a nice jigsaw to make the curved cuts and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
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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