outdoor table with flowers

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.

Supplies needed:

  • Wood (2”x2”, 1”x2”, 2”x2”, 16”)
  • Screws
  • Paint (black)
  • Stain
  • Spray Shelter
  • Wagner FLEXiO 4000 Paint Sprayer
  • Wagner Paint Spray Cup Liner
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Electric Sander
  • Drill
  • Nail Gun
  • Kreg Jig
  • Table Saw
  • Cut off tool
  • Stain brush
  • Rag
  • Drop cloth
  • Strainer


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

wood pieces


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

nailing table base together


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.


Lay you 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


Trim off excess herringbone boards using a table saw.

wood and table saw


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

staining table top


Set up a spray 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 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.

I used the Wager 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.

painting table base in tent

wagner sprayer gun with cup liner

STEP 10:

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.

STEP 11:

Then I used the Kreg Jig to attach the molding pieces onto the bottom of the tabletop.

STEP 12:

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

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

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