DIY Outdoor Slat Top Table

Written by robert dyer | 13/05/2017
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.

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 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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