Make Your Own DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With Carved Legs
I’m very serious about my DIY goals. I started planning the summer setup for our terrace way back in March. The idea was pretty simple: do away with the bulky outdoor table and chairs to leave place for a floor lounging area. We set up an outdoor rug on which we placed this DIY coffee table surrounded by floor pillows.
If you have a small outdoor space, I’d highly recommend not bothering with furniture and setting up a multifunctional eating and lounging area like this to maximize your space!
In this post, I'll show an overview of the steps we took to build this outdoor table, find the detailed DIY Coffee Table tutorial on Very Liv!
To start off, cut your wood into the following pieces:
BOARD (table legs)
- 6 by 10″ / 15 x 25cm: 8 pieces
SQUARE DOWEL (leg support)
- 10″ / 25cm long: 4 pieces
- 2 1/2″ / 6cm long: 4 pieces
- 3 1/4″ / 8cm long: 4 pieces
I used a 16 by 31″ (40 by 80cm) tablet. If you have some scrap wood you’d like to use up, you could join some boards with wood glue and clamp them to create a wider tablet!
To create the Middle-East/India-inspired carved look on the legs, you will need to create some stencils. Use plastic sheets or strong cardboard and draw the curved outline of the legs. Cut along the line to create the stencil and use this to reproduce the shape on the 8 leg pieces.
To carve out the legs, equip your jigsaw with a blade for curved cuts or the thinnest wood blade you own. This will help a lot because a narrow blade will follow a curve much more easily than a bulky one.
Once you’re finished cutting the coffee table legs, use a sanding block to smooth the cuts.
To assemble the legs, place 2 leg pieces at a square angle and screw the 10″ / 25cm dowel along the joint. Next, screw 2 short dowels at the top of the leg, on each side of the 10″ (25cm) dowel.
Now, add some wood glue and place your assembled leg in the corner of your tabletop. Screw the leg into the tablet by adding 2 screws into the 2 1/2″ (6cm) and 3 1/4″ (8cm) dowels.
Finally, give the whole table a good sanding to remove imperfection, especially at the joint between the tabletop and legs. Wipe the table clean to remove any dust. Next, brush some wood stain and sand to equalize the stain if needed.
Once the stain has dried fully, apply an outdoor topcoat to protect it from the elements.
And voila! I placed the table outdoor as soon as it dried, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the floor setup! There are few better feelings than finishing up on a long-standing goal 😄
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