One of the great things about living in Florida is spending time outside during the winter. Often in the evening my family will eat meals, read, play games, or make s’mores out on our lanai. In order the get the most out of our outdoor living, I decided to make an outdoor table.
I mentioned in my previous post about my outdoor sofa that a friend gave me left over cypress beams and cypress tongue and grove slates from a cabin he built. I had a lot of wood left over from the sofa, so I decided to build the table from the same material. Plus, I wanted the sofa and table to look like they belonged together.
I used the cypress beams to the make the table legs and the cypress tongue and groove slates to make the table top. The only part of the table that isn’t cypress is pressure treated 2×4 that I used to make the table frame.
- Wood to make table leg (I used 3-3/4 in x 8 in cypress beams)
- Wood to make table top (I used 5 in cypress tongue and groove slates)
- Pressure treated 2×4
- 2-1/2 pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4 pocket hole screws
- Table saw
- Benchtop Jointer
- Circular saw
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
I made the table legs out of cypress beams. First, I used a table saw to cut two 45 degree angles on a side of the beam.
Second, on the other side of the beam, I used a circular saw to cut a taper into the leg. Since the beam was too thick to cut with one pass, I cut on one side and flipped it over and cut the other side. I then used a benchtop jointer to smooth out the rough spots.
I made the table base with pressure treated 2×4. First, I connected the legs using pocket hole screws.
Second, I connected the top of the base to the table legs with screws that I countersank so the table top would sit flush on the base.
Third, I attached a piece of pressure treated 2×4 in the middle of the table base to give more support for the table top.
I made the table top using tongue and groove cypress slates. Also, I used a table saw to cut the slates to 3- ½ inches for the outside frame of the table top. I then used pocket hole screws to attach the slates to the outside frame.
I connected the table top to the table base. I used screws that I countersank on the table base, so they would not stick out.
I sanded and stained the table.
The table has been fantastic. We use it all the time, and it has made a great addition to our lanai.