How to Make Outdoor Wood Tables

Cedar table for outdoors image by photo courtesy of aceholeinone@flcker


Everyone is spending more time outdoors. The patio and backyard are becoming more of an extension of the home than ever before. While using this area for everything from cookouts to volleyball games, furniture is essential. Building outdoor wood tables will be beneficial for holding your drinks, cell phone, a book for relaxing and any other items you will be using outdoors.

Step 1

Cut the following from the 1 inch x 4 inches x 10 feet pieces of cedar. Five pieces 18 inches long are the top slats. One piece 16 inches long is the front and back supports. One piece 14 1/2 inches long is the side top supports. Four pieces 22 inches long are the legs for the table.

Step 2

Cut the front and back top supports from the 16 inches long piece of cedar by cutting two 1 5/8 inches wide pieces. For the side top supports, from the 14 1/2 inches piece of cedar, cut two pieces measuring 1 5/8 inches wide pieces. Each of the legs will be cut into one piece measuring 2 inches wide and 22 inches long, and one piece measuring 1 1/4 inches wide and 22 inches long.

Step 3

Assemble the legs. Put wood glue on the edge of one of the 1 1/4 inches pieces and the face of the 2 inches piece, and join them together. Tack in a few finishing nails just to hold the pieces together until the wood glue dries. Let the pieces dry for at least two hours.

Step 4

Put two legs on the side support on the top (see picture). The faces of the legs that are on the outside are placed evenly with the top support ends. Use the drill to make a hole on the top of the legs, and screw the faces of the legs to the support using 1 1/4 inches screws. Make sure the legs are turned to where the seams do not show on the front or the side of the table.

Step 5

Repeat the process for the other two legs. Glue and nail the front and rear slats into place on the frame. Glue and nail the rest of the top slats in place, evenly spaced between the front and rear slats. Run the slats from side to side and leave an inch of overhang at the front and rear of each slat. Sand any rough edges of the cedar table with the sandpaper and spray the table with clear coat.

Tips and Warnings

  • Allow the clear finish to dry 24 hours before using the tables to avoid stickiness.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Palm sander
  • Tape measure
  • Combination square
  • Two 1 inch x 4 inches x 10 feet pieces of cedar
  • Sandpaper
  • Finish nails
  • Wood glue
  • Spray clear coat finish


  • Blueprints for tables
  • Plans for outdoor tables

Who Can Help

  • Do-it-yourself tables
Keywords: table, wood, cedar

About this Author

Debbie Cummings lives in Mississippi and has been doing freelance for the past five years. Cummings has been published on many websites through her work with various niches. Among these are Helium, Constant Content, Demand Studios, Text Broker and Associated Content.

Photo by: photo courtesy of aceholeinone@flcker

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