Cedar Patio Table

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buildsomething added on 8/19/2015

Here’s a great way to dine in style outdoors. This patio table offers space for up to six people, but doesn’t take up much space. It’s made from cedar so it looks great, and it will hold up well to life outdoors. Build one for yourself, and you’ll have it for years of outdoor meals and entertaining.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Start with End Rails

Cut two End Rails to length from a 2x4 cedar, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes in the edge of the End Rails at the locations shown. Then, set your jig and drill bit for 1 1/2"-think material and drill holes in the ends of the End Rails.

2

Add Side and Center Rails

Cut two Side Rails and a Center Rail to length from 2x4 cedar, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes in the edge of the Side Rails and Center Rail in the locations shown. Then, set your jig and drill bit for 1 1/2"-think material and drill holes in the ends of the End Rails.

3

Make the Legs

Cut four Legs to length from 4x4 cedar, as shown in the cutting diagram. With a 1/4" roundover bit in a router, round over all of the edges of the legs. If you don't have a router, you can use a sander to ease ll of the edges.

4

Assemble the Rails and Legs

Secure the End Rails to the Legs with 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket hole screws where shown.

5

Add the Side and Center Rails

Lay the Leg Assembly flat on a work surface then secure the Side Rails to the legs with 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket screws, as shown. Center the Center Rail on the End Rails and secure it, as well.

6

Add the other End Assembly

Attach the second End Assembly with 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket hole screws to complete the base frame.

7

Make the Top End Boards

Cut two Top End Boards from 1x6 cedar, as shown in the cutting diagram. Lay out the notch on each end of each Top Board, as shown. Cut the notch out with a jigsaw. Round over all of the edges of the board with a router and a 1/4" roundover bit. If you don't have a router, you can use a sander to ease all of the edges.

8

Install the Top End Boards

Secure the two Top End Boards to the table frame with 1 1/4" exterior-rated pocket hole screws. When you install the boards, make sure you have consistent gaps around the legs. The gaps should measure about 1/8" wide.

9

Make the Remaining Top Boards

Cut nine Top Boards to length from 1x6 cedar, as shown in the cutting diagram. Round over the edges of these boards, as you did with the Top End Boards.

10

Install the Top Boards

Install the nine Top Boards with 1 1/4" exterior-rated pocket hole screws, as shown. Make sure the gaps between the boards are consistent and that the ends are all aligned as you install them. Once you have the Top Boards in place, sand any surfaces that need it, and then apply outdoor oil finish or exterior stain, as desired. We went for a two-tone look, by using cedar-tone oil on the top, and a darker stain on the table base.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(4) 5/4 (7/8" actual thickness) x 6, 96", Cedar Decking Board  
(3) 2x4, 96", Cedar Board  
(2) 4x4, 96", Cedar Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(2) End Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 23"  
(2) Side Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 53 1/2"  
(1) Center Rail, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 53 1/2"  
(4) Leg, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 30"  
(2) Top End Boards, 7/8" x 5 1/2" x 30"  
(2) Top Boards, 7/8" x 5 1/2" x 30"  

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