I made the table 6’ long and 30” wide to fit my narrow deck. I used some heavy duty shelf brackets under the legs to reinforce the table, mostly because I don't trust my beginner abilities. Took me about a week to cut, sand, stain and put it together (and then i stained and sealed again). Actually assembling it took only a few hours. I see a combo of pocket holes and regular exterior wood screws. Loved building this, love Ana’s plans. Thanks Ana!