I have been wanting some outdoor furniture for a long time. I finally talked Mr.PBL into helping me build a farmhouse patio table. I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but I have to say that I am proud of how it came out. Mr. PBL did most of the building while I sanded and painted it.
Here are the steps to build the table.
Step 1 – Cut the 4 by 4 legs to 27 1/2″.
Step 2 – Cut 2 of the 2 by 4 braces to 70″ and cut 2 of them to 33 1/2″.
Step 3 – Cut the 1 by 6 deck boards you will use for the top to 72″. Use 7 boards and it should come out to 39″ wide.
Step 4 – I screwed the 2 by 4 braces together to make a rectangle.
Step 5 – I had enough of the 4 by 4 I used for the legs to make a center brace which I screwed in the center of the 2 by 4 rectangle I just made for extra bracing. See the picture below. The legs were not screwed on yet, they are just there for a visual.
Step 6 – Now screw on the first deck board that will make the top. Leave a 1 inch overhang on all the sides and make sure this is the straightest board. If the first board is not even it will really show at the last board.
Step 7 – Screw on all the other deck boards to finish the top. This is treated lumber and will shrink when it dries. I used a ratchet strap to pull the boards together really tight before I screwed it down. When it is dried there is about a 1/4 inch gap between the boards.
Step 8 – Now you have the top done it is time to put on the legs. I used four ¼ inch carriage bolts to hold each leg on. Use a long ¼ inch drill bit to go through the 2 by 4 and the 4 by 4. Put two lag bolts horizontal and two vertical so they don’t hit each other. I also used a regular washer and a lock washer so the nut does not come off.
Step 9 – Let the treated wood dry for a couple of weeks, then sand, and paint.
Here is the finish product!
This table is very sturdy and it will definitely last for a long time. It will be great to entertain with! I am hoping to do some more DIY projects for my patio. Stay tuned to the blog for our next project.
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