We love eating our meals outside for a many reasons, but I happen to enjoy how much easier it is to clean up out there! Spilled juice, no biggie…. getting up and randomly running circles around the table, well… we are still working on that but it’s definitely more socially acceptable outdoors right?
A big Thanks to Jamison at Rogue Engineer for providing the digital plans so I can share the tutorial for this DIY Outdoor Table featuring X Brace Legs and a Herringbone top! I can’t even express how much I am love the top of this table!
I saw a table at Pottery Barn that had these thick, chunky x brace legs and I knew I had to have it. The only thing is that I envisioned a different top. That is when I decided to send an email to Jamison at Rogue Engineer and told him what I wanted and that it needed to be able to handle my kids using it as a launch pad…..This gorgeous DIY Outdoor Table is what he gave me! So be sure and hop over to get the downloadable plans from him so you can make one too! : )
I know this table might look a little scary, but it’s a surprisingly easy build. It might not be the first project you want to whip out, maybe start with something a little more simple like my DIY Outdoor Planter to get used to using your tools. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to be an expert, but being familiar with some of these techniques will certainly help you!
DIY Outdoor Table
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One of the most crucial tools in building this table is a Kreg Jig (and don’t forget your screws). If you are planning on more outdoor projects, I’d suggest to go ahead and invest in the Kreg Jig HD. It uses a little bit larger of a screw for a strong joint that will hold up to the elements.
Ok, let’s get started.
Step 1: Cut Lap Joints
First thing we are going to do is build our “x’s”. Cut your lap joints were defined in the plans. Start on the two outside edges and then make all your other cuts between those two, that way you can make sure you don’t cut the hole too big. These cuts don’t need to be pretty, because it will just be chiseled out.
Step 2: Assemble Legs
Once your lap joints are cut, we will build the legs. You just simple match the two lap joints together and attach with wood glue and screws. Make sure and double check where you are cutting your lap joints so that they are on the correct face of the wood.
Because these legs are cut at a 45 degree angle it leaves a very sharp point on the bottom of the legs. In order to keep the edges from breaking off you will need to trim it a little and sand it down. Using your circular saw, just saw of that little sharp edge where the line is…see below (note: legs are upside down in the picture so that is the part that actually sits on the ground).
Step 3: Assemble Frame for Top
Set the legs aside and get started on the top. The top is mainly built with pocket holes so it’s time to get some practice with your Kreg Jig! Attach using 2 1/2″ pocket holes.
Step 4: Add Trim to Frame
This table is trimmed out with 2×4’s so we will need to add those around the edges. Since the herringbone pattern is inlayed in the top you need to attach the trim pieces leaving the 3/4″ space where the 1/x4’s will be attached. The best way to do this is to add scrap 1×4″ pieces under the frame (not the trim pieces). Just be sure you are working on a level surface.
Step 5: Assemble Table
Now comes the fun part, putting it all together! Attach your legs to the table top frame with wood glue and screws. I actually attached the 4×4 beam to each leg before attaching to the top frame (you will definitely need a Kreg Jig HD for this part). That way you can center it up and be sure you are even on both sides, plus it was just easier to do it that way for me.
Step 6: Herringbone Pattern
This is probably the most difficult part. It’s not that it’s hard to do, but it’s tedious. I definitely recommend measuring and cutting each piece individually here. Obviously no piece of lumber is perfect, and it’s amazing how easy it is to get off on your measurements when a board is just a hair wider than another one. So what I found easiest for the top was to cut all my pieces and lay them in, get everything lined up and using wood glue and my Ryobi AirStrike Finish Nailer I attached each 1×4 one at a time.
Now all that’s left is to sand and finish your new table! :) I used Thompson’s WaterSeal wood stain & sealer in Moroccan Brown. I really liked that for this table since it’s a one coat coverage! and because I desperately wanted to get this table done and not wait for everything to dry (impatient much? haha).
Our new table is so sturdy with the 4×4 legs. I absolutely love it! If you want to build your own, be sure and snag those downloadable plans!
If you happen to make one of these tables I would LOVE to see it! You can also hashtag #cherishedbliss on social media so I can find you!
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