How to Build an Outdoor Table

How to Build an Outdoor Table
Building your own outdoor table is a worthwhile project if you are imbued with a do-it-yourself spirit and own a bit of land, enjoy backyard barbecues, or want to add some homemade furniture to your RV camping kit. This design will enable you to build a square outdoor table from treated lumber and basic tools, and it requires only some basic carpentry skills and a little patience to complete it.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Five 2 X 12 planks of treated lumber
  • Six 2 X 4 planks of treated lumber
  • Hand saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Permanent marker
  • Carpenter's angle tool
  • Two 6-inch bolts with washers and nuts
Step 1
Saw five 2 X 12 planks of treated lumber down to a length of 60 inches. Lay these alongside each other with roughly an inch of space between them to form a 5-foot square.
Step 2
Saw three 2 X 4 planks of treated lumber down to 54 inches, and lay them across the square so they are in contact with all of the five 2 X 12 planks. One should be down the middle, with the other two set three inches from the outside. All three planks should have 3 inches of space between both ends of the 2 X 4 and the sides of the square.
Step 3
Drill holes for each 2 X 12 plank through both the 2 X 12s and the 2 X 4s, and then fasten each 2 X 4 to the 2 X 12s with wood screws.
Step 4
Saw another four 2 X 4s down to 40 inches in length, and then measure 20 inches down to their center. Mark that place, and drill a hole in the middle of the plank there. Then mark a 45-degree line on both ends of these 2 X 4s with a carpenter's angle tool, and saw off the ends along those lines. These will serve as your table legs.
Step 5
Take two of the table legs and set them up so they form an "X" where the holes you drilled in their centers meet. Push a 6-inch bolt through the channel formed by those holes, and secure the bolt with a washer, a nut and a wrench. Leave the nut a little loose, so you can adjust the legs of the X. Repeat the process with the other pair of table legs.
Step 6
Place one end of one of your table leg X-sections so that the top is set on the underside of the table and flush alongside the inside of one of the 54-inch long 2 X 4s that you screwed on in Step 3. Either of the outside pair of 2 X 4s is good, but do not use the middle-line 2 X 4. After adjusting the X for an even fit, drill a pair of holes through each leg and into the 54-inch 2 X 4. Fasten them together by driving wood screws. Repeat for the other table leg X-section.
Step 7
Reinforce the rigidity of your table legs with a crossbeam. Measure the space between the table legs at the points where the Xs cross. Saw a 2 x 4 to match that space, and place it on the top of the X-joints of both table-leg sections. Drill a pair of holes through the face (the 4-inch part) of the crossbeam and the table legs at each end, and fasten the crossbeam in place with wood screws.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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