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.
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.
Add Legs to Center Post
Legs provide stability in 4 directions.
Screw (4) 2”x4”x12” boards into the center post for legs.
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.
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.
Stain (or Paint) Tabletop to Desired Shade
Stain your herringbone tabletop using a chip brush and a rag or spray it on if desired.
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!
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.
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.
Wood (2”x2”, 1”x2”, 2”x2”, 16”)
Wagner FLEXiO 4000 Paint Sprayer
Wagner Paint Spray Cup Liner
Compound Miter Saw
Cut Off Tool
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