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DIY Outdoor Table

Learn how to build a DIY outdoor dining table that’s budget friendly and beautiful!

Building a DIY outdoor table has been on my to do list for quite some time! And has been highly requested by others too!

After building our other DIY outdoor furniture, including a DIY outdoor couch, outdoor chair, outdoor coffee table, and outdoor side table, a DIY patio table was the perfect next piece to build to compliment the set!

DIY outdoor table unfinished and DIY outdoor dining table with exterior stain on patio

The Cost to Build this DIY Outdoor Dining Table

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Although the cost of lumber has been higher lately, this DIY outdoor table is still very budget friendly! Currently this table costs less than $150 in lumber which is cheap compared to similar style outdoor wood tables that retail from $450 – $1200+ currently!

I didn’t use framing lumber on the top frame of the table like I did on our DIY outdoor coffee table and DIY outdoor side table. 2×6 framing lumber is actually more expensive right now than 1×6 common wood.

Printable DIY Outdoor Table Plans

To make the build process even easier, make sure to get the printable DIY outdoor table plans which include the cut list and step by step building steps with easy to follow diagrams!

DIY outdoor table with outdoor dining chairs

Chairs Used with Table

This table is 72″ long and will comfortably fit 6 outdoor dining chairs (even larger size chairs).

I paired our DIY patio table with two sets of these metal outdoor dining chairs with cushions (also available here and here). They were the highest quality chair for the best price (that came with cushions) that I could find that I liked the style of best. I do plan on adding two more chairs to our set in the future.

But, I have rounded up several other budget friendly outdoor dining table chairs options that would look great with this table!

DIY Patio Table Dimensions

The final dimensions of this outdoor dining table are 30″ tall x 72″ long x 39 1/2″ wide.

How to Build a DIY Outdoor Table:

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Materials

Tools

*Make sure to use UNTREATED wood for all of the lumber, including the 4x4s. Do not use pressure treated wood.*

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1. Make the initial lumber cuts

Click here for the printable outdoor dining table plans PDF which include the cut list and step by step building steps with easy to follow diagrams!

Use a miter saw and make the following cuts from the 1x6s:

  • (2) 1×6 @ 72″ (for table top side frames)
  • (3) 1×6 @ 28 1/2″ (for table top middle & side frames)
  • (14) 1×4 @ 27 3/4″ (for table top slat boards)
  • (4) 4×4 @ 29 1/4″ (for table legs)
  • (2) 1×3 @ 59″ (for table aprons)
  • (2) 1×3 @ 28 1/2″ (for table aprons)

Tip: Make a stop block jig for easy cutting of the (14) 1×4 @ 27 3/4″ slat boards so they are all the exact same. You can see this jig in action in the outdoor table VIDEO here!

Note, there will be a few more lumber cuts in step #5 for the table support boards.

lumber cut for outdoor table

2. Add pocket holes to boards

Use a Kreg Jig and add pocket holes to both ends of the following boards:

  • (3) 1×6 @ 28 1/2″ (for table top middle & side frames)
  • (14) 1×4 @ 27 3/4″ (for table top slat boards)

For the DIY outdoor dining table aprons, add pocket holes to both ends AND along one side:

  • (2) 1×3 @ 59″ (for table aprons)
  • (2) 1×3 @ 28 1/2″ (for table aprons)
pocket holes added to lumber

3. Assemble the DIY outdoor dining table top

Begin assembling the table top.

There are a few ways to do this but because there are so many slat boards to attach we found it easiest to assemble the first square section of the table and then the second square section.

First, we clamped one side of the table frame together with waterproof wood glue by clamping one of the 1×6 @ 28 1/2″ boards between two of the 1×6 @ 72″ boards as shown below.

clamping side of table frame together

Then, we cut the 1/2″ thick 1×3 board into 16 spacers (about 2″ wide each) and used them to space seven of the 1×4 @ 27 3/4″ slat boards 1/2″ apart from each other.

After doing this we realized there was about a 1/4″ extra spacing between the boards due to the 1/2″ thick spacer blocks actually being a tiny bit less than 1/2″ thick which can sometimes happen in the wood milling process.

To fix this problem we added one 1/8″ thick paint stick on each end for a perfect spacing fit. In the end you can’t tell at all visually there was a difference!

back of table top clamped together with slat boards and spacer blocks

Then, we added the middle 1×6 @ 28 1/2″ frame board in place with wood glue, clamped everything in place, and attached all of the boards together with 1 1/4″ weather resistant Kreg screws.

half of table top lumber clamped together with slat boards and spacers
drilling kreg screws to slat boards to attach DIY outdoor patio table top together

After screwing all the boards together, remove all of the spacers.

After the first half of the table is assembled, repeat the above steps for the other half of the table.

Note, you can see all of this in action in the DIY outdoor table VIDEO here!

diy outdoor table top assembled

4. Attach the table aprons to the DIY patio table top

Now it’s time to attach the table aprons.

On the bottom of the table top, mark the center point, 2 1/2″ in from the table edge along one of the 1×6 @ 72″ frame boards. This is where the center point of your 1×3 @ 59″ table apron should be attached (make sure pocket holes are facing down towards to the table).

centering the table apron on the table top frame

It also helps to add two more marks on each side of the 1×6 @ 72″ board that are 2 1/2″ back from the table edge to make sure the apron is attached equally spaced from the table edge.

Attach the apron in place with wood glue and Kreg screws.

attaching the long aprons to the bottom of the diy outdoor table top

Repeat this step on the opposite side with the second 1×3 @ 59″ table apron.

Then, repeat these steps again for the two (2) 1×3 @ 28 1/2″ table aprons, except these aprons should be 3 1/2″ back from the table edge.

attaching the short apron onto the diy outdoor dining table top
table aprons attached with kreg screws to the diy outdoor table

5. Attach the table top support boards

After the aprons are all attached to the DIY outdoor table, the two support boards can be attached.

Measure the exact distance between the two longer table aprons and cut two 1x3s to this size. It should be 33″ but it’s important to measure for any slight variations as you want a perfect fit.

Attach the two 1×3 support boards with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws on each end to the longer table aprons, centered perpendicularly over the slat boards on each side of the table.

middle supports attached to the table aprons on the bottom of the DIY outdoor patio table

6. Install the table legs to the table top

The last build step for the DIY patio table is to attach the table legs to the top.

Place the 4×4 legs in place on each table apron corner, they should fit perfectly. Attach them with a generous amount of wood glue and 1 1/4″ Kreg screws.

Note: we made these table legs permanently attached but if you want them to be removable you can use corner brackets instead. I have a tutorial on how to install removable table legs with corner brackets!

attaching 4x4 table legs to the diy outdoor table

7. Drill the umbrella hole (optional)

Finally, if you want an umbrella hole like us, mark the center point on table top and drill a hole with a 2″ hole saw bit.

drilling an umbrella with a saw hole bit on the outdoor table
umbrella hole drilled in centered of diy outdoor dining table top

And that’s it for the build!

diy outdoor table before staining

8. Stain the DIY outdoor table

Before staining the table, make sure to sand down any joints that don’t sit flush with each other.

We stained our DIY outdoor table with this exterior stain by Valspar in Pinebark. It’s the same stain color we used for our other outdoor furniture, the coordinating DIY outdoor couch and DIY outdoor chair and DIY outdoor side table and DIY outdoor coffee table!

This stain does dry fast and is a bit harder to work with so you have to work quickly. Also, a foam brush helps to get between the slats for staining.

See my tutorial on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish and the best way to apply stain!

DIY patio table on patio

I’m super excited to start using our new DIY outdoor dining table and outdoor dining chairs (also available here and here) and being able to eat meals outside!

DIY patio table with black metal outdoor dining chairs and flowers on patio
table top view of diy outdoor dining table
diy outdoor table with outdoor dining chairs on patio

Protecting the DIY Outdoor Patio Table and Chairs

We are planning on leaving this outdoor table and chair set out year round here in Charleston. It won’t be on a covered patio, so it will be fully exposed to all of the weather elements.

Originally, I found this inexpensive outdoor furniture cover to go over both the chairs and table together to help protect the set and keep it clean from the weather longer term! UPDATE: Our original cover ripped (shown in below photo), so I recently replaced it with this heavier duty furniture cover. Hopefully it’s better quality!

diy outdoor dining table and outdoor dining chairs covered with a patio furniture cover on uncovered patio

Don’t forget to download the printable DIY outdoor table plans and to check out the outdoor table how to video!

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Loy

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Beautiful table. I’d love to make one for my family. Would you be able to provide a little direction on making this table at 8’ long? Obviously, you’ll need more slats and maybe more support underneath. But the dimensions of the apron, specifically centering those so the legs are correct, will be impacted as well. I’d appreciate any schematic help. Thank you! Loy

Kayahan

Thursday 11th of April 2024

Any opinion on what product to use under the table legs? Under side of the legs will be more exposed due to grains running parallel to the sides and also being in contact with the ground.

Jennifer Zimkowski

Monday 1st of April 2024

Just built the table and I love it. But the legs are not as sturdy as I hoped. Any suggestions and to boost the sturdiness?

Nancy Baxendale

Saturday 5th of August 2023

Just built this table and love it. What colour of valspar stain did you use?

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I love hearing that!! I used Pinebark!

Tom

Friday 14th of July 2023

I just finished this table and love it! It was my first time doing pocket screws and my first effort the screws went through the top and I had to start over again. I think it was because of having slightly warped wood, but I got the best I could where I live. I built the top again without attaching to the long sides first and it worked out ok (I still went through in a couple places). I’m not sure if there’s a good way to avoid this? Maybe set the screw stop on the jig a bit below the 3/4 mark? The other thing I would do differently is find wood with interesting grain in it. I have a few slats that have really nice grain/knots and color - it really adds to the look. The final thing is that the 1x6 I used for the cross slats were much clearer grain than the sides and the panel slats. It kind of looks weird. I guess at the end of the day, I’d spend much more time finding wood :) - but the table looks great! I used Danish Oil with a clear Poly (satin). I love the look. Thanks for the great plans!