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Small Table Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy woodworking project is about small table plans. If you want to learn how to build a small table for your patio, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, cedar or redwood, as they are weather-resistant and have a beautiful natural finish. Nevertheless, make sure the components are in a good condition and perfectly straight. See all my Premium Plans HERE.

On the other hand, there are so many plans and designs to choose from when building a small table, that we recommend you to check out the alternatives and to select the project that suit your needs and fits within the budget. Align the components with great care, join them with pocket holes and reinforce the structure with waterproof glue. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and make sure the tabletop is perfectly horizontal.



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  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 19 1/2″ long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 11″ long FRAME
  • C – 6 pieces of 1×4 – 57″ long TABLETOP

  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • wood stain
  • 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

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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Small Table Plans

Building a small table

Building a small table

Top Tip: Adjust the size and the design of the table to your needs. You can use the small table as a bench, as well.



Building a small table

Building the sides of the table

Building the sides of the table

The first step of the project  is to build the sides of the small table. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to build the legs out of 4×4 lumber, as in the image. Adjust the size of the legs to your needs, and attach the 1×4 aprons between them, as shown in the diagram.

Drill pocket holes at both ends of the aprons, make sure everything is aligned at both ends and insert the 1 1/4″ screws. Check if the corners are right-angled using a carpentry square.

Attaching the aprons

Attaching the aprons

Continue the woodworking project by attaching the aprons to the sides of the small table. As you can see in the image, you need to drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×4 components and to insert screws into the posts.

Plumb the legs with a spirit level, align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Set the aprons to the middle of the posts before inserting the screws.

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

Lay the slats of the tabletop on a level surface, making sure they are equally spaced. Attach the frame of the table on the slats, drill pilot holes through the aprons and insert the screws into the slats.

Top Tip: Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Make sure you center the frame to the tabletop, otherwise the table won’t have a symmetrical look.

Small table plans

Small table plans

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: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the small table in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.



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1 comment

John W Estes -

pictures and explanations are confusing and not good. At least for the beginner.


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