Patio Table

Plant Trough Hack

A patio table adds sophistication and charm to any outdoor space. It anchors the seating elements and provides a surface for food, drinks, and plants. Designed with simplicity and elegance in mind, this table features a strong, sleek base with cladding that waterfalls from the top down two sides.

Using 4x4s as legs, 2x4s for structure, and 1x4s for cladding, this project takes shape in just a few simple steps. When the leg assemblies are completed, the support structure is secured to create the table's skeleton. From there, it's just a matter of attaching the slats that waterfall over three faces.

After a light sanding and a waterproof finish is applied, you and your family will be set to enjoy some R&R.

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COST:

TIME: 4 Hrs

SKILL:

Materials

  • (2) 4 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (3) 2 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (7) 1 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb box 2½" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) box (approx. 50 screws) 4" heavy-duty lag wood screws with 5/16" head
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A. (4) 4 x 4 x 47"
  • B. (4) 4 x 4 x 8 ¾"
  • C. (2) 2 x 4 x 23 ½"
  • D. (4) 2 x 4 x 44 ¼"
  • E. (21) 1 x 4 x 30"

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill/driver
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • 1/2" Forstner bit
  • 5/16" Hex driver bit
  • Clamps (12" and 4')
  • Framing/combination squares
  • Combination countersink drill bit (with 2" long 1 /8" bit)
  • Radial sander
  • Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
  • Waterproof wood glue

Plant Trough Hack

Hack Materials

  • (1) 1 x 4 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 4 spacer jig (used in Step 11)
  • (1) ½ lb box 2 ½" wood screws
  • Preferred wood finish

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Combination countersink drill bit
  • Drill/driver
  • Radial sander
  • Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
  • Waterproof wood glue