Build Your Own X-Leg Outdoor Table

6 Materials
$90
1 Day
Medium

One of my bigger and more spontaneous projects this summer was building an X-leg outdoor table. We have a nice deck with a beautiful view and we haven’t really utilized it as much as we wanted to in our house so far.

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This table is so affordable to build. The total of all these supplies listed should cost around $90. And you have a super durable table that will hopefully last you for years to come!


TABLETOP


The tabletop is straightforward, just a bunch of 2x6s and one 2×8 cut to 6′ and pocket holes connect it together. It’s heavy though! I had to move the legs to the deck separately from top because otherwise it would be too heavy


X-LEGS


I ultimately followed the  plans for the X-legs from Rogue Engineer, this table designed by my friend Ashley from Cherished Bliss. So to build the legs, I followed these plans exactly.

Using two 4×4 beams cut to length on a miter, I had to mark out the exact spots for making a notch in each one. This is where you just follow those  Rogue Engineer plans because they are super clear and well marked out.

When you make a notch, you have to make a bunch of side by side cuts like this. You can use a circular saw but I prefer my trusty miter saw. Then you use a chisel and/or a Dremel/Sawzall to get all the wood out.

Put the notches together and you have an X! Secure them together with wood glue and screws.

I topped them off with a 2×4 with the ends trimmed on an angle just so it wasn’t so boxy but you could totally skip this step. I screwed them into place with 3 2 1/2″ wood screws.

ATTACHING THE LEGS TO THE TABLETOP


I took the pipes I had and built this framework using some 2x4s. I drilled holes in the 2x4s using a 15/16th spade bit. I used some Gorilla super glue and put the pipes in the holes. Then I used a mallet to bang the framework into place so it was definitely snug. I also screwed the 2×4’s into the tabletop with 2 1/2″ outdoor screws.

This added a lot of stability to the table but you could easily make this framework using 2x4s and pocket holes rather than pipe. I just wanted to use the pipe because I had bought it and didn’t have extra 2×4.

The final step was to make the trestle, which I did out of a 2×4 and pocket holes. It was a good fit and once that was in place, that was a good, solid table. No wobbling at all!

I finished the table by staining the legs with Rustoleum Carbon Gray which matches  my outdoor couches I built. 

I LOVE my x-leg outdoor table. It’s so fun to have a place to sit and eat and enjoy each other’s company in the evening, admiring the view and feeling the breeze. 


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3 questions
  • Dava McCall
    on Aug 28, 2019

    What color/items did you use to finish the top? Love the look of the table❤️

  • Heje
    on Aug 28, 2019

    What color is the tabletop? Your table looks great!

    • Honeybear Lane
      on Aug 29, 2019

      Thanks! I did a method of weathered wood by first white washing and then doing a quick wipe of the carbon gray stain, followed by another coat of white wash.

  • Nancy Weldon McEntire
    on Nov 4, 2019

    The directions don’t say, but the pictures do not look like pressure treated wood. Can you confirm.

    • Honeybear Lane
      on Nov 4, 2019

      It's not pressure treated. I don't love the look for a table, for what's available in my area. You could try it and it would definitely hold up better for the weather!

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