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How to Make an Outdoor Table

Learn how to create a geometric outdoor table from scratch using various lengths of wood and a Wagner paint sprayer to apply a smooth finish.

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate


With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to begin to get your patio or outdoor living space looking great! Last fall I painted 2 Adirondack chairs and I just love having them on our deck! But I needed an end table to go between them. So I tackled making an outdoor table and I just love how it turned out. Keep reading for all the details.


Create Center Post

A simple way to build a base for a table

Create an inexpensive 4” x 4” center post by screwing (2) 2”x4”x19 pieces of wood together.

wood pieces

Add Legs to Center Post

Legs provide stability in 4 directions.

Screw (4) 2”x4”x12” boards into the center post for legs.

nailing table base together

Cut Wood

Measure Twice, Cut Once!

Cut (40) 1" x 2" x 8” boards.

Cut a 16”x16” board and cut your 2”x2” boards to the size that will fit around the finished tabletop like a border.

You will also need (4) 1”x2” lengths cut to fit around the top of the center post like molding.


Create Herringbone Pattern and Attach

Herringbone Pattern Down the Middle

Lay your 1”x2”x8” boards in a herringbone pattern on top of your 16”x16” board and attach them using a nail gun.

creating geometric table top

Saw Off Ends

Saw off What's Outside of the 16" x 16" Board

Finish the rest of the pattern, but using the herringbone "spine" as a grid to create the alternating pattern.

When complete. trim off excess herringbone boards using a table saw.

wood and table saw

Stain Tabletop

Stain (or Paint) Tabletop to Desired Shade 

Stain your herringbone tabletop using a chip brush and a rag or spray it on if desired.

staining table top

Grab Your Paint Sprayer

Use a Paint Sprayer for a Smooth Finish

I used the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 for this project and I really loved how well it worked and how fast it was! The finish is perfect too! (I am sharing more reasons that I love this paint sprayer on my blog post here.)

wagner sprayer gun with cup liner

Prepare the Paint

Prevent Accidental Overspray with a Paint Shelter

Set up a paint spray tent and prepare your paint by stirring it. Use a strainer to put it in the paint holder of your paint sprayer. If you have a paint container liner, use that. It saved me a lot of time!

wagner paint sprayer

Spray the Paint

For Best Coverage, Paint Spray Two Coats

Spray the table base, tabletop border pieces, and the molding pieces to connect the two with two coats of black paint. Spray with two coats of paint and let dry completely.

painting table base in tent

Assemble Table

Order of Assembly

  • When everything was dry, I used a Kreg Jig to put the table together by attaching the tabletop boards to each other and also to the herringbone tabletop.
  • Then I used the Kreg Jig to attach the molding pieces onto the bottom of the tabletop.
  • Then I put the tabletop onto the table base and attached it together by screwing the molding pieces into the base.

connecting table base and top

Enjoy Your New Outdoor Table

This sponsored post was created by Simply Designing. If you want more details about the supply list used, the paint sprayer I used (and why I love it so much) and this project. Be sure to visit my blog.

completed outdoor geometric table
Products Used


Wood (2”x2”, 1”x2”, 2”x2”, 16”)


Paint (black)


Spray Shelter

Wagner FLEXiO 4000 Paint Sprayer

Wagner Paint Spray Cup Liner

Compound Miter Saw

Electric Sander


Nail Gun

Kreg Jig

Table Saw

Cut Off Tool

Stain Brush


Drop Cloth


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