1.5 Hours
Building a bistro table is one of the easiest DIY projects you can take on if you’re a beginner level builder. It only takes a couple of tools and bonus: it’s made entirely from 2x4s. For only $15 and about an hour!!
Pieces – all cut from 2x4s:
  • 6 pieces cut 22.5 inches long – for top
  • 1 piece 20 inches long (ripped in half – so you get 2 pieces) – for cleats
  • 2 pieces cut 34 inches long (ripped in half to make 4 legs) Cut both ends of each on a 30% angle.
  • 1 piece cut 12 3/8 inches long (ripped in half – makes the center leg support – use second half below)
  • 2 pieces cut 2 3/8 (from second half of the center leg support) – for blocks
10 scrap pieces of 1/4 inch cuts (to act as spacers)
First, sand down all of the cut pieces. If you have a wood planer, you can run the cut pieces through to knock off the uncut edge and smooth out the legs/center support.
Putting the spacers between each of the top pieces (the 20 inch long pieces) and clamp them together to keep it even.
Measuring in 5 inches from the edge, use the cleat pieces to put the top together. Predrill holes and use 2 1/2 inch wood screws to attach it to the bottom.
Next, attach one of the leg spacer blocks to the top of the leg. You’ll attach one directly to the cleat, then the other to the spacer. First attach the leg without the spacer. Attach the leg on each side to the cleat, then screw the leg brace between the two legs at 17 1/2 inches from the top of the table to make it center correctly.
Then attach the spacer to the other legs and attach the spacer to the cleat and the leg to the coordinating leg.
Make sure when you attach the legs, you do it on a level surface to be sure you have them sit properly. Paint the bistro table and you’re done!
Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
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