5.03.2013

Building My Own Outdoor Wood Farm Table

Anyone else have sticker shock when they went looking for a decent size patio dining table?
I've been looking since last summer and while there are tons of options out there, nothing was 100% what I wanted.  
I'm a big fan of Ana White. She has the most amazing plans for building just about anything you want and her plans are FREE.
I did a lot of research online and adapted her Farmhouse and Rustic tables to meet our needs. You can find many bloggers who have built tables and it was helpful to check out what they did.
I purchased all of the lumber and supplies at Lowes.  Two nice gents helped me pick out straight, clean boards and they loaded it into our truck.
 I first decided I wanted to build the table a huge 4x8 size.  I quickly built the frame in about an hour as it was nearing dark.  However, when I went back a few days later to start building the rest of the table, I decided it was too wide and I really should have used longer screws.
 I went back and cut everything down to these measurements.
4- 4x4 posts @ 28 inches 
2- 2x4 studs @ 35 inches
2- 2x4 studs @ 36 1/2 inches
2- 2x4 studs @ 84 inches

This is all you need for the base.
I purchased the Kreg Jig system last year from Lowes and used 2 1/2 inch course blue screws from Kreg to build this table.

Once I cut everything using my Dewalt chop/miter saw, I gave everything a real quick sanding with my  Dewalt orbital sander.  Just enough to get any rough bits off.
At this point, use your Kreg to place your pocket holes.  I just followed the video instructions on their website and after the first one, it was easy.  I love this tool!

Now it was time to assemble everything.
I found the easiest was to do the shorter sides first.
Here is a tip I learned along the way.  Use a 2x4 scrap as a spacer to help hold the wood up off the ground.
This also allowed me to have the cross braces evenly spaces between the posts/legs.
I smeared some Gorilla Wood glue then drove the 2 1/2 inch Kreg screws through the pocket holes.
This is what it will look like once attached.
 
 I then flipped the side pieces on their backs and started to assembled the long 7 foot braces.  Same technique using the 2x4 scrap spacer. 

 Once that is done, flip it all upright and check for anything that is loose.  For the most part everything was super solid except one post had a slight crack in it and when I drilled into it, it became a little wobbly.  I just flipped the post around and rescrewed the side piece.  So check for holes and cracks and don't drill into them.
I was surprised how sturdy it all was even before I attached the middle braces.
This is where the 36 1/2 inch studs go.  I spaced them about 21 inches in from the sides.
I used the Kreg and pocket holes to attach them too.  When attaching, make sure they are centered on the 2x4 you are attaching them too.  You don't want them raised or it will cause your table top to be uneven when you attach it.
 The table top is constructed of 6- 2x8x8's.
I trimmed them slightly to get the rough edges off them and make sure they are all flush with each other.
 
 I'll share with you later on the exact spacing and over hang measurements.  I am still tweaking that while I finish the top.  One thing to keep in mind is that you want fairly straight boards with almost no bow to them so that the top is as flush as it can be.  I recommend buying 1 or 2 extra.  I had to swap out one board that had a slight warp, but I was glad I had extra because the next one fit perfect.
 I made sure the end grain was all going in the same direction when I dry fitted the table top.
I'm deciding if I want to leave a slight gap between the boards or not since this table will be used outside.
Check back for more details as I finish this table up.

Here's a run down of what I've spent so far.

I rounded up to keep things simple.
2x8x8 (6) = $48
2x4x8 (4) = $13
4x4x10 (1) = $13
Glue = $4
Kreg Screws = $6

Total =$83 bucks.  How cheap is that for an outdoor table!  I just had to do a double take and recheck my math.

Note that the Kreg system price varies depending on which one you buy.  I think I bought the deluxe version for about $100 last year, but I know I'll be using it for lots of projects.

Happy Building!

8 comments:

  1. This is great! We want to make a new table for our deck and you are right they are a small fortune to purchase. You did a great job.

    Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  2. That looks great. Will you stain it or let it gray naturally?

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  3. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW DO YOU ATTACH THE TOP BOARDS?

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  4. Very nicely done! Now you have some outdoor wood furniture that you can start enjoying!
    -Jackie

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  5. I recently sold our large patio table set. It took up too much room. We have another wrought iron set. Just yesterday I had a welding repair job done on a chair and am starting to sand off rust and paint very colorful orange and teal. I started pricing a replacement table for the set I sold for $275 and am saying to mself, 'oops.' How am I ever going to afford another table? Everything I want to build requires pocket holes, which I love. The hubs doesn't want to mess with it. However, I think I can build a table like yours (want smaller), buy the Kreg and still have money in my pocket for chairs, cushions and an umbrella. (I also have a $636 insurance check he let me use for this purpose.) I love building things, but can't wrap my head around it unless I have pictures and plans. I'd like to make this table to seat 4. Eight foot long seems too long. Is there anyway you can give me instructions for a 4x4 or 4x6 table? You said a 4x8 table was too big, so you cut it down. How big is it now? And is the final wood needed list for a smaller table or 4x8? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks so much.

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  6. What a good looking table you built, it looks awesome. We just had an screened porch built and had been looking for outdoor furniture but I just don't agree with the prices. Looking at this table I know I can do it. I bought the Kreg jig, just waiting for it to arrive, I will start building this table.

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