Things You’ll Need
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Tape measure
- Hammer / Screwdriver
- Power Drill/Bits(option)
- Exterior grade plywood
- Pressure treated lumber
- Galvanized nails/screws
- Tile(on mesh)(if desired)
- Cement mortar/grout mix
- Tile sealer & brush
- Exterior paint & brushes
- Plastic sheeting
Step 1 REVIEW SAMPLE TABLE DESIGN AND ADJUST IF DESIRED
Review the table design provided and make adjustments to size of table and components as desired. Hint: Use graph paper to sketch to scale. Refer to Plan and Side Views provided and adust dimensions accordingly.
Step 2 PREPARE YOUR DESIGN AND LIST OF MATERIALS
Prepare your materials list and copy the provided table design or make a copy of your adjusted design on graph paper to bring with you when you find a convenient home store in your area. Use the Materials List Sketch and listing as a guide and adjust your required materials according to your new design. When considering your materials remember that “pressure treated” lumber and “exterior grade plywood’ will hold up best in an outdoorenvironment. If you really need to save $$s, just use wp (white pine) as wood material, but be sure and paint the entire exposed wood when completed with assembly to minimize deterioration of the wood.
Step 3 SELECT AND PURCHASING MATERIALS AT THE HOME STORE
Don’t be shy. Ask for assistance from someone in the lumber section of the store, show them your sketches and materils and discuss what you need. Be sure you tell them you are not interested in spending a great deal of money on this project. Aske them to look at the Table Sketch and make any suggestions for sale items related to what you are proposing. Hint: Ask the sales agent to show you their scrap wood pile….there are often free pieces of wood and plywood you might be able to use by adjusting your design slightly!
Step 4 ASK HOME STORE TO CUT YOUR WOOD FOR YOU.
If you have considered dimensions that reflect a one foot, two foot, or three, or four foot dimension, you can find larger length wood that can be cut from the same pieces to get your desired dimensions of the legs, horizontal members, and the diagonal braces. The home stores all carry pre-cut plywood in 2×2, 2×3, or 2×4 sizes that will probably meet your needs for your table design. Lumber comes in 8 lengths that can also be cut as required.
Step 5 ASSEMBLE TABLE ON LEVEL AREA.When you are ready to assemble the table choose a level, flat surface such as a patio or driveway or garage floor. Fasten the horizontal 1x4s to form the base for the plywood. Fasten the plywood to the base. Fasten each of the 2×2 legs to the horizontal plywood base (screws are preferred). Fasten each of the horizontal lower braces loosely (you can tighten after diagonal braces are in place). Fasten the diagonal braces loosely also. Use the small hand level to make sure the legs are vertical and plumb (if you don’t trust your measurements or handiwork so far). Adjust fasteners as required and tighten legs/braces. Stand your assembled table on the legs. If you don’t have a workbench see Author’s Article on eHow HTM Recycled Door Workbench / Table.
Step 6 FINISH THE TOP WITH TILE (IF DESIRED)
Lay out the tile (which should be on fiberglass mesh squares over the top. Check that your desired tile design all fits. Remove and lay tile aside. Mix the cement mortar/grout and spread over entire top to manufacturer’s recommendations. You don’t need a fancy trowel, a cardboard piece can be used as a trowel. Again, follow tile and grout manufacturer’s suggestions and place the meshed tile squares over top to your design. Allow plenty of time to dry in a protected area, overnight should be ok. To finish your table top you can apply a piece of wood trim around the perimeter or use “bull nose tile” set in the same mortar.
Step 7 PAINT YOUR TABLE
After the tile top installation has set overnight, carefully tape and protect the tile with plastic painters sheeting and proceed to paint all exposed wood including the underside of the plywood table. Be careful when moving table so as not to damage tile top. Allow paint to dry overnight. Remove plastic protective cover on top and brush on tile sealer, several coats or as manufacturer recommendations.
Step 8 DECIDE ON SPOT IN GARDEN FOR YOUR TABLE
Pick a good location where you can utilize table best. Consider garden surroundings, lush plantings and possible uses. Add a simple chair for sit down use as well.
Step 9 ENJOY YOUR NEW TABLE
Set your table on the patio or somewhere in your garden and place plants and accessories as you desire to enhance your landsape environment! Congratulations.
- Adjust the design to meet your needs.
- Don’t forget to bring along all sketches and materials lists.
- Look in the home store scrap piles for free or very, cheap materials!
- Don’t forget the home store will cut your wood…and give you the scraps.
- Check all your materials before you leave the home store and lay out at home.
- Fasten components loosely as you go so you can adjust during proceeding assembly.
- Saws can be dangerous…be careful!
- Use grounded receptacles!