DIY Outdoor Slat Top Table

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Things You'll 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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Robert Dyer has worked as a freelance writer since 1998. He has had articles published in "Mississippi Gulf Coast Historical Quarterly. Dyer has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of South Alabama.