DIY Garden Table

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Building a small, simple garden table for multiple outdoor uses.

DIY Small Garden Table

We decided to build the table 3 feet long X 3 feet high x 20 inches wide.

Wood Needed

We purchased 3 2 x 6 x 10 boards based upon these measurements.

Aligning the Tabletop

We cut the first board into four pieces that will make the table top and sanded them all down. Then we decided how far apart we wanted the tabletop boards spaced. You definitely want a gap so that water, etc. can fall through. We decided a paint stick worked perfectly. So we cut up a few and put them between the boards.

Securing the Tabletop

Our next step was to place the spaced out table top boards on top of two securing boards and screwed them together with one screw in each table top board. Then it's time to put the bottom together.

The Legs

We made this by eye, therefore it's easier to share the photos with you and there's many more photos over on the blog...

Table Legs

Once we had the legs arranged we bolted them in with heavy duty bolts that we got at our local hardware store.

Leg Bolts
Leg Lift

We added these leg lifts to the bottom of each leg to add stability.

Assembled Table

This table is super sturdy and I painted it white so I wasn't worried about all the bolts showing.

Finished Garden Table

I luv this table and use it for everything!

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  • Kc Nordquist Kc Nordquist on Apr 13, 2020

    I am curious as to why there are so many bolts (?) holding the legs together. Obligatory I am no woodworker, but that looks a little overkill to me.....

  • Db Db on Apr 15, 2020

    What kind of paint did you use ? Looking at your resources I clicked on paint used and chalk paint came up, did you use chalk paint ? and can that be used outside?

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  • William William on Apr 29, 2020

    It's a cute looking table. The legs should have had half lap joints rather than separate pieces of wood so brackets and screws needed to be used. The screws and brackets will become a weak point over time as the wood expands and contacts. Also the throw the table out of kilter. I would have used half lap joints. John Biermacher's solution is a great alternative for the DIY.

  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Apr 14, 2021

    Half laps,dowel joints,wood gusset type bracing,etc;there are many ways to do something,but the builder may have been limited on tools,experience ,workspace,or any number of other things.He made a table to suit his needs and that's all that counts.