Simple Outdoor Dining Table

This beautiful outdoor dining table seats up to six, but can be easily customized to seat more (or less). Works with the dining bench and stackable side chairs (plans available in the Simple Modern Outdoor Collection).

Special thanks to Kim for sharing her photos with us.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Shopping List: 

5 – 12′ – 1×4 Boards (Cut Tabletop Boards from these)
5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)
1 – 12′ 2×4
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
2 1/2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Work on a clean level surface. Check for square after each step. Use good straight boards. Predrill and countersink your screws. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Use proper safety precautions and equipment.

Overall Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
17 – 1×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)
4- 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

Step 1: 

Aprons and Support. Build the aprons and supports for the tabletop as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws. Make sure the project is very square.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Outer Side Aprons. Fasten the outer side aprons to the sides, as shown above, keeping top and bottom edges flush. There will be a 2 3/4″ gap on both ends, as shown above.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Tabletop boards. Use 2″ screws and glue to fasten the tabletop pieces to the aprons and supports. It is wise to mark all the joints on the undersides of the tabletop boards before fastening. There will be a 1/2″ gap between boards. If you happen to have a Kreg Jig™, you can fasten from underneath. (Kreg Jig™ K4 Pocket Hole System). This will hide all of your screw holes. As one reader mentioned, examining your boards and facing the board so the bark side is up will help prevent cupping in the future, and also create better water drainage.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Legs. Screw the legs on with 2 1/2″ screws. If you leave the glue off or use bolts, you can make the legs removable.

Step 5 Instructions: 

UPDATE: If you would like your table to have 1/4″ gaps between the slats to match the bench, you will need to make a few very minor adjustments. The adjustments are shown in the diagram.Basically, you will need to add 1 more table top board (shown above in red) and you will need to adjust the gaps between the boards to 1/4″. You should also take 1/4″ off of all apron and support boards. The table will be 1/4″ shorter than in the original directions. The matching bench has 1/4″ gaps and plans will be posted shortly.

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You are seriously my hero!! I found your blog a few weeks ago and have (like everyone else) been addicted! I've already made a few shelves and every week my list of wants gets bigger.
I have been wanting to get into woodworking for years but have always been to intimidated to get started till I found your blog. I'm in heaven, your plans are so easy to follow.

My husband and I most the year are living pay check to pay check so the possibility of getting fancy furniture was next to zero. Now I'm so excited to be able to learn a new skill and frunish my house with all I could ever want.
Thank you so much!
p.s. My next project is the stackable chairs and who know maybe this awesome table to go with!

Just a quick tip - for outdoor tables, stain all boards before assembly. This will help ward off any warping and mold. Also, when you are laying the boards across the top of the table, make sure the grain on the board alternates up and down. By looking at the end of the board, you will see he grain direction in the shape of a "u". The "u" can be up for the first table-top board, and down for the second. This will help your table stay relatively flat as the boards expand in the wet and the sun.

I learned all this the hard way after making my first outdoor table (not with Ana's plans).

Great plans - I LOVE YOUR SITE!

I absolutely love your blog !!! Amazing what you can do, how creative you are ! I just bought a saw (a small one though...), I have a drill, I am ready to soon start my firat project !
I have a request for you, even though it probably is insulting to your talents...:could you post some plans for wood plant pots to match these great table and chairs? Thank you soo much !

I love this plan - really simple. Just a question - what's the best kind of wood to use? Would we use pressure treated wood since it's outside or do we need untreated wood since it would be around food, etc.? Cost is also, of course, an issue.

artkdz: You for sure want untreated. I wouldn't let my kids touch treated, let alone eat off of it.

This plan is awesome. Can't wait to try it!

Ana, I love love this patio set design. I just finished the picnic table and this will be project #2. I wanted to echo another comment in requesting a planter box in the same style, also realizing how rediculously simple that probably is. Maybe I should just give it a try :)
Thanks for taking the intimidation away from this craft, you make it totally doable.

Ana...this is great! Love the look! One of these days I'm going to build one of the great projects from your site. In the meantime, I'll just stop by and be amazed at your talent and skill!

I just priced the cost of the wood with the cedar that is on sale at Mendards this week for the table and two benches. (they didn't list 1X3 so I just used the 1X4 price for all the bench pieces...just for an idea). $116.14 for the set.

can i just tell you that i love you!
i mean it. i love you!
we were pricing tables, chairs, and benches for under our covered patio and they STARTED at $700. not going to happen. this is seriously a dream come true!!
thanks so much, Ana!!

I just finished building this table and matching benches as my first woodworking project ever! They came out looking great, and we got to have our first meal on them on Mother's Day.

My husband has been a hobby woodworker for 8 years, so it was wonderful to build something too. I did this set all by myself, and now I have the confidence to build other projects.

Thank you Ana!

If I wanted to adjust this plan to make this a 10' table (and matching benches) would I need extra support and if so where. We have a large deck on the top of our "boat house" at our lake, and I want a big long "farm type" table for up there. This looks simple but I need it quite a bit bigger.

Ana's suggestion of using 2x4 might work, but I think you'll get a better strength for weight tradeoff if you use 1x6 instead of 1x4 for the long stretchers. Wood resists flexing the most across its width. It's also imperative to pick wood without dead knots (the dark brown, resin-filled ones). Any knots should be roughly the same color as the surrounding wood. This is sometimes referred to as Furniture Grade lumber and you'll pay a premium for it. You'll get a big payoff in strength though. Dead knots always fail under load.

Jeanne, you would probably be fine, but if you wanted to beef up your table for a longer size, you could use 2x4s instead of 1x4s for the supports and aprons. Your cut list will change, but since you are already making it longer, you are going to be modifying anyways. I think it will be gorgeous! Can't wait to see pictures!

question from a newbie. Should we stain the wood before or after we build the table? If before, what do we do about areas that we sand, holes that are filled, etc.? We've got our wood - got some Cypress so it'll be nice outside - and it's all cut and ready to go.

Thank you SO SO SO much. I have been scouring the world looking for a huge wooden table, and I actually think I can make this one! I love it!
Also, Jeannine, just an idea, I think we're going to make 2 smaller tables (60 inches long each. We also want a long table, but decided that 2 small ones would be more versatile, since they could be placed end to end or side by side to make a large square.

I am so excited to make this and complete the patio of my dreams!

I bought the wood for this project but haven't started because I don't know if I use the interior conditioner and stain I already own and apply several coats of outdoor-strength varnish or buy the wood conditioner and stain specificaly made for outdoor use?

I'm tempted to use what I already have to save money. What do you guys/gals think?

To make this with the 1/4" gap you instructions state make all aprons 1/4" shorter.

Is this correct or did you mean just shorten the side aprons. I do not see why this would change the end aprons length.

Thanks for the great site! I have been looking at purchasing a Kreg jig and after reading the directions I have a question. In a couple of the steps it says to attach two 3/4" pieces together using 2" screws. From reading up on the Kreg jigs, it looks like one should use the 1 1/4" screws. Is there a way to change a setting on the Kreg jig to keep the longer screws from poking through?

I LOVE this table and had the same question about making it larger so I took your advice for the extra supports from 2x4's and made a 10ft table. I love it! It has a few flaws but I painted it black so really, no one will notice. I have a picture but don't know where to post it.

Thanks so much for these plans Ana! My husband and I built this table last night (using MY tools) and it turned out great!! It is even sturdier than I expected. We took your suggestion and bolted the legs so that they can be removed for easy storage in the winter. Thanks again :)

Good morning,

I'm new to the website, found it searching in the wee hours of the morning and couldn't get off!!! About to go to the hardware store and start my first project. Wish me luck that I have all my fingers when done!! I was wondering if we could submit ideas and possibly get feedback? There is a potting table in PB that caught my eye and I was going to attempt it on my own, then I found your website and realized there is a chance that I could do this. It's called the Abbott-Zinc-Top Island. I realize that the top is an issue and that could be modified. I would love to have your input on this if possible. Thanks!

It could definitely be made out of pallets. You might want to invest in a plane to make the surface less likely to chew your arms and hands up though. A lot of pallet wood is pretty rough. A belt sander could also work, but the plane will be faster.

What about running the boards length wise. Any issues with just changing the direction of the support boards and then the running the tabletop boards length wise. Not sure how that would affect the aprons, if at all??

I am in LOVE with this site! I have been bugging my husband for a few years now for patio furniture. We usually get the hand me down stuff from family. I am a SAHM and with one income it is next to impossible to afford new furniture, indoor or outdoor! I just showed him these plans and we are EXCITED to build our own. I'm sure our dinners on the patio will be that much more enjoyable, knowing we are sitting at a table we built ourselves! Thank you so much Ana- We look forward to building many things, thanks to you!

Im going to build this table as a surprise for my husband for our anniversary. Here's my issue though. My patio is 13' x 13' and this table is a little too big for my space. I was thinking of reducing the size down to approximately 4' x 4' but because this will be my first time building anything I am unsure how to do so. Can anyone help me with a new list of cut sizes please?!

I would love to build my own outdoor dinning table, but can you please provide me with the cut list & shopping list for an 8 foot long dinning table. Would really appreciate it. This is my first project, so I want ti to be perfect. I will send you a photo when I'm done. I am really excited to get started.

Thanks so much, I love your website.


Does anyone have the plan to make this larger, say seating 10 or 12 people? I read through the comments, but don't quite get how to adjust it (not super saavy with building). I need it spelled out.

Just discovered this site and am obsessed. Thanks so much for it.

I would also love a plan for this table that sat 8-10 people. would we need an additional support in the middle? Thanks!

this looks like a great table, I Look forward to buying all of these things. I'll finally be buying my circular saw this weekend then proceed to Lowe's to get my supplies. This table looks great, I was wondering you should try to post some type of Circular table thats taller, and can seat 4 in the same type of wood gap material. I know it's really popular, and if I could find plans to make one I would. But the circular wood would be quite a trick that I don't know yet.

I'm relatively handy, and I own a compound miter saw that doesnt get much use... this project was so incredibly easy - I'll be building MUCH more. The plans and cut list make this dead simple. This was surprisingly fast to make also.

I used pine from home depot (not premium) it was about $70 in wood.

For a beginner, I'd love to see details on exactly where to put the screws and how many. I dont have a kreg jig, and I haven't fastened my top boards yet - how should I do it? two screws on each support beam? so 8 per board? or is that overkill?

And I dont know about anyone else or how this is even possible - but I think this plan is short one 1x4 board.

The plans call for:
"5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)"

So four boards could be cut to:
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
(with 32" waste on each)

Leaving you with only one 96" board to get all this out of:
2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)

What am I missing?

Yeah, I had to buy an additional 6 foot 1 x 4. But maybe I'm just bad at math;)

Hi Joe,

What did you find out about this?

Did you screw in 8 screws to each table top plank?

if so, how did you hide the tops of the screws that were showing on the top of the table?

i'm considering buying a Kreg for this, but it seems I'm stuck using the Kreg screws only?

any help is appreciated thx!

Hi Jody,

I did not screw from the top, my handyman suggested against that and I'm glad he did. I screwed in from the bottom. I did not buy a Kreg jig either. All the kreg does is helps you angle your drill precisely. I chopped a couple of little blocks and built my own jig. Just something to hold the angle consistent - but halfway thru it- I had the angle down pat and didnt need it. The Kreg is expensive, if you can afford it - go for it - it will make it easier. If you're crafty and handy you can work around it.

If I were to do it again I'd figure out how to do all that with the table upside down, perhaps building a brace of some sort - equally spacing out the top boards is challenging - i used some spacers - but after a few boards the fraction of an inch differences add up - so in the end I made lots of eyeball adjustments - but it all came out great.

So... some other things... when I was building this, I had it out on my back patio, with the plans and everything all laid out. I had a handyman at my house a few days doing other work. He offered to help me if I needed it on the patio (he was more interested in fun carpentry than hanging drywall). Anyhow - he told me one day that he was looking at the plans and disagreed with some things. For one, he suggested some corner braces, he pointed out that there was nothing to prevent twisting. So I very simply cut a couple of scrap pieces into small triangles and screwed them on the inside corners - it helped alot. The other thing I would do differently, is add a second board to each leg. The boards used for the legs are pretty thick - so there isnt much flex to the boards themselves, but since they are all fixed in one direction - another board perpendicular, (hard to describe) so the legs look like an L shaped piece of molding standing on its end.

Feel free to contact me with other questions.

Here is my finished table:

You only need 17 tabletop boards. These are about 3' each so you get 4 out of each 12' board. That means 4 of the boards will be cut into tabletop pieces and only one tabletop piece will come from the last 12' board. So you use the last 8' board to get one side apron and end apron and the 9' left over from the 5th 12' board to get the other side and end apron.

What kind of wood should be used for this project? Would love to do it but need to price it out. What kind of wood did you use?

I love this table and have everything ready to begin construction. We are concerned that the legs are not going to be sturdy enough if someone were to lean on or push into it. The 2 x 4 leg only goes into a 3/4" thick board. We purchased 1/4" carriage bolts so that we can remove the legs for storage. Wondering what others might have done to add stability to the underside for the leg support.

You can simply add a cross member (2" x 4") in between the legs at the ends of the table. For added support run another cross member the length of the table between the aforementioned supports. These could all be attached using bolts as well which would allow you to remove them for storage.

I'm a newbie but this looks pretty straight forward. The only question I have is when you secure the boards on top to the supports and apron how does it work with 2" screws? If you're using a 1 x 4 I know it's really not a full 4" but still a 2" screw isn't going to go through the support and partial way through the table top board. Are you screwing them in on an angle?

They are fastened down through the table top into the crosswise supports and apron. I assume they are countersunk. The screws would be visible, or you could use wood filler.

Visible brass screws look good in outdoor furniture.

Use a Kreg Jig for better stability and to hide those screws!

A 1x4 is typically 3/4" thick. So, once you get the screw (put in straight down/square) through the table top board you'll have another 1 1/4" that will secure the board into the support/apron.

If you aren't using a Kreg Jig, you'd be screwing from the top of the table down and not from the underside. I think that's where you might be confused, too.

I think you use the Kreg Jig for better stability and to hide those screws. I didn't know what it was before finding this blog, but it looks like a great tool!

Nice design.
Using galvanized screws in the construction of this outdoor
table will prevent fixing points from rusting in the outdoors.
The screws suggested here could also the sprayed with a
galvanized coating available from hardware stores prior to

I love the table. Can you put in a link to the bench and chair build pages if they exist? if not it might be an idea....

thanks for a great DYI blog.

Dear Ana and readers,

Thank you very much for all those plans. Like others have said many times, your website gives me the boldness to try and build something myself. But... I am one of your European readers and, since we don't use the same measurements or standards, I'm not sure how to interpret your instructions.
Could you, as an example, explain to me the following line ?
5 – 8′ – 1×4

Then I could "translate" the intructions more easily for the various projects in the future.

I very much hope someone can help me! Thanks a lot in advance !

Céline from Italy


I am building this table now!

5 - 8' -1"x4" is:
Five total boards measuring eight feet long that are one inch by four inches width/depth. This symbol ' means feet and this " means inches.

In metric conversion I believe it would be something like this:
Five total boards measuring 2.4 meters that are 2.54 x 10.16 centimenters width/depth.

I used this chart:

I hope that helps!

Yes, it helps a lot ! It is indeed much clearer now for me.
Thanks a lot for your explanations and the link to the chart.
I am now ready to try for myself!
Good work on your table and thanks again for taking the time to answer!

I have to say, I really like this table! I just made one of your adirondack chairs, and after I make the second, I'm going to be making this table (though a shorter version to sit at comfortably with those chairs.

I can't wait. This site is awesome.

does anyone have picutres of where and how many kreg jig holes are used to fasten this together. For example how are each of the table top boards attached to each joist? with 2 hole/screws or just one on each of 4 joists?

Also any addtional details on how the legs are attached would be helpful.

I want this for a Kitchen Table....are there any suggestions or modifications I would need to make?

I want this for a Kitchen Table....are there any suggestions or modifications I would need to make?

Great table Ana. Do you have the plans for the bench seats..

Also what wood would you suggest using.

Cheers from Australia

Love this site!! I want to build this to seat 10-12 people. I have read all the comments and don't get it. Can someone please be more specific as to how much material and cuts I need. This will be my first woodwork project!! Thanks Much!!!

Hi ana,i love your web site! i am a single mama in columbia s.c. and i love to do projects too. I am looking for a web site to build me a 24x24 ft. house for me and my little girl . i am looking at some land down here and i hope some one can give me a few ideas. if you have any pointers please send them to me . thanks and keep up the awsome craft projects and WONDERFUL web site!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL be looking back on here.

I have some wonderful mosaic tile bought in bulk from the "Habitat for Humanity ReStore" and was thinking of creating a tile tabletop for this outdoor table - Instead of wood slats, I think a 3/4" plywood would serve as the top to place the tiles on. My Question -Would replacing the slats with plywood and Tile increase the weight of the top enough to require more support from the bottom?

If so, is Ana and Claydowling's suggestions of replacing the 1x 4s with 1x6s or 2x4s the answer, or does tile and plywood react so differently than wood planks to require different support? 

This is an amazing website - all the accomplishments here are very motivating!

Best Wishes,


Hey Ana,
I am so in Love with this site. Thank you so much for posting these plans.
I built this and the little bench yesterday. It took 6.5hrs. and well worth it. Such sturdy sturdy builds. I no more finished but we had dinner on it!!! My husband approves. I am also going to build the small stools/tables so it all can tuck under the table. I have enough scrap from this project to and the lounge chair to build the stools FREE.So $100 total got me a table, bench, and chair. Since our HD only carried 1x4's in 8' I bought 5 extra to make up for the 12' you called for. This gave me plenty of excess to play with.
Thanks again next is the Couch. Think Big and girl power to all!!

Rachel M

So less than two years after I built it, this table went in the trash last weekend. It appears pine is no match for midwest weather, even with a thick coating of outdoor paint. The wood had gone bad already and the table pretty much collapsed on itself when my wife put a bunch of plants on it while working in the garden - thus pretty much turning this project into a huge waste of time & money.