I have been wanting a large outdoor dining table FOREVER! So, to celebrate turning the BIG four-zero, I decided to build myself one. 🙂 Happy Birthday to me!! I finished it just in time to have my family over to celebrate my jump into middle-age (we celebrated the weekend following my birthday since my parents decided to leave the country on a cruise and were gone on the day of my birthday, the nerve! 😉 ) But other than my daughter’s birthday celebrations, we usually just have a family dinner to celebrate mine or my husbands b-days, which usually means we have 11 or 12 family members over for dinner (including us). So, I HAD to have a table that would fit said 11 or 12 people of course, so build one I did, and I must say I am absolutely LOVING it!
QUICK UPDATE! I have created plans (located here) for a matching 9 foot long bench for this table :
So, I decided to make the top of the table, except I modified it to be longer, and then I built my own base by looking at elements from other DIY tables, and creating my own. And, I must say, I do love how it turned out:
Here are the plans for the table for those who may want to replicate it:
- 14 – 2x4x10
- 4 – 2x6x12
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Table Saw||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig|
|Countersink Bits||2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws||2 1/2″ exterior wood screws||Minwax Dark Walnut Stain|
|Wood Glue||Pine Pocket Hole Plugs||Exterior Spar Urethane|
- 5 – 2×4 @ 105 1/2″ each
- 4 – 2×6 @ 105 1/2″ each
- 2 – 2×4 @ 108 1/2″ each
- 2 – 2×4 @ 43 3/16″ each
- 3 – 2×4 @ 39 1/2″ each with each end cut at 45 degree angle
- 8 – 2×4 @ 17″ each, with each end cut at 45 degree angle
- 4 – 2×4 @ 24″ each
- 4 – 2×4 @ 6″ each
- 2 – 2×4 @ 30 5/16″ each, with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
- 2 – 2×4 @ 33 7/16″ each, with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
- 2 – 2×4 @ 35 11/16″ each, with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
- 1 – 2×3 @ 68 1/2″, (cut 2×4 to 68 1/2″, and then rip board down to 3″ wide on table saw)
First build the table top:
- Cut five 2x4s to 105 1/2″ each
- Cut four 2x6s to 105 1/2″ each
- Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes about 12″ apart into two of the 2×4 boards (these will be the outer end boards of the table, and the pocket holes will be used to attach the trim pieces to the sides of the table top)
- Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of the 2×6 boards
- Cut three 2x4s to 39 1/2″ in length, with a 45 degree angle cut at each of the ends:
- Lay the 105 1/2″ 2x4s and 2x6s next to each other on a large flat surface, with 2x4s on each end, and then rotating 2x6s and 2x4s between the two end 2x4s (you can leave 1/4″ to 1/2″ spaces between the boards to allow for water drainage, the wood I was working with was pretty wet, so I knew it would shrink, so I did not leave spaces between the boards as I knew they would appear later once the wood dried).
- Place the three 39 1/2″ boards across the table top boards using the template below as a guide:
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to adhere the top support boards to the underside of the table top (predrill with a countersink bit prior to placing screws). Place two screws into each 2×4 table top board and four screws into each 2×6 table top board.
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 108 1/2″ each (long end to long end) with a 45 degree cut at each end.
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 43 3/16″ each (long end to long end) with a 45 degree cut at each end (same cut as previous step, but different length).
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws to attach the trim boards to each side/end of the table (use the pocket holes drilled into the side 2x4s and the ends of the 2x6s).
- The table top should be complete, and should now look like this:
The top is now complete, next is the table base, here is a diagram of the side view of the base:
- Cut four 2x4s to 6″ each
- Cut four 2x4s to 24″ each
- Cut two 2x4s to 33 7/16″ each (long end to long end) with a 45 degree angle cut at each end:
- Cut two 2x4s to 30 5/16″ each (long end to long end) with a 45 degree angle cut at each end (same cut as previous step, but different length).
- Cut eight 2x4s to 17″ each, long end to long end, with a 45 degree angle cut at each end:
- Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws, attach a 6″ 2×4 to each end of the 33 7/16″ boards (predrill with a countersink bit, and attach from the top of the long board down into the 6″ board, the holes will be covered by another board).
- Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws, attach the 30 5/16″ board to the top of the 33 7/16″ boards
- Drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of the 24″ 2x4s. Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue, attach a 24″ 2×4 to each side of the foot of the base (make sure pocket holes are on inside of table – where the diamond shape will eventually be).
- Next, using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach each 24″ 2×4 (with the feet also attached) to each of the end table top support boards (the boards the table top boards are attached to).
- Next are the support beams to make sure the table is sturdy and stable:
- Cut a 68 1/2″ 2×4. Using a table saw, rip the 68 1/2″ board to 3″ in width (so it is now a 2×3). Make sure to measure the distance between the table legs prior to cutting the 2×4 to confirm the distance is 68 1/2″!
- Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of the 68 1/2″ board and using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the board to the stacked 2x4s that make up the bottom of each side of the base.
- Cut two 2x4s to 35 11/16″ each long end to long end, with a 45 degree angle cut at each end.
- Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of one side of the 35 11/16″ boards and using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the boards to the center support board and the underside of the top of the table.
Next, its time to add the diamond to the center of each side of the table base.
- Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws (predrill with a countersink bit), attach four of the 17″ boards in a diamond shape into the center of each leg base.
Now you can flip your table right side up! Here are some pics of my table prior to any finishing work:
Once the table was built, I filled all the holes with wood filler and let it dry. I then sanded the table and applied Varathane Dark Walnut stain, followed by three coats of Spar Urethane Exterior Satin finish varnish. Here are some more pics of the completed table:
Hope you like it!