DIY Outdoor Slat Top Table

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DIY Outdoor Slat Top Table
Making an outdoor slat table gives you a useful piece of furniture for the patio or garden. (Full House Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Making your own outdoor slat top table will give you a useful piece of furniture for when you find yourself entertaining on the patio or in the garden. With just a little knowledge and helpful instructions, you can build a slat top table that will last for several years. The slat table will be a four feet wide by eight feet long table that stands four feet off the ground.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Four 4-foot pressure treated 4-by-4s
  • Two 4-foot pressure treated 2-by-4s
  • Two 8-foot pressure treated 2-by-4s
  • Eight 8-foot pressure treated 2-by-6 slats
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • 4-inch deck screws
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Latex exterior-grade paint

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  1. 1

    Assemble a 4-by-8-foor rectangle of the 2-by-4s on the ground by placing the 4-foot 2-by-4s on the end of the 8-foot 2-by-4s. Turn all of the boards on their 2-inch sides to where the sides of the rectangle will be four inches high on all sides. Drive screws through the 2-inch thick sides of the 4-foot 2-by-4s and into each end of the 8-foot 2-by-4s to make the boards of the rectangle tight.

  2. 2

    Fasten a 4-foot 4-by-4 into each corner of the rectangle by standing the 4-by-4s up on end in each corner and driving screws through the 2-inch thick sides of the rectangle and into the 4-by-4.

  3. 3

    Flip the table over onto its legs. Then lay the 2-by-6 slats lengthwise from one 4-foot wide side of the rectangle frame to the other and parallel to the 8-foot sides of the rectangle frame. Fasten the 2-by-6s to the table by screwing screws through their 2-inch thick sides and into the rectangle frame of the table. This creates the slat table top of the table.

  4. 4

    Sand the top of the table using the sandpaper mounted on the sanding block. Get the top of the table as smooth as possible.

  5. 5

    Apply paint to the table on all sides, the top and underneath using the paintbrush to make the table able withstand weather.

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