Shopping List

  • Outdoor wood construction glue, I use "Liquid Nails" brand
  • Deck Screws, some 3" long and some shorter, use deck screws because they won't rust like regular screws
  • Four 4x4's cut 28" long, have the lumberyard cut them for you
  • Two 2x4's, 51" long
  • Two 2x4's, 26" long
  • One 2x2 6' long
  • 1x4 board, you will need 4 pieces about 26" long, so buy two 6' pieces, then you will have some left over, and don't cut them yet!
  • For the tabletop you need nine 1x6 cedar boards, 5' long, look them over and pick out nice boards for your tabletop.

Note, these are using the english system of measurements. For example, a 4x4 is 4 inches by 4 inches. Except the lumber mills not actually cut smaller than that. So typically a 2x4 is 1 3/4" by 3 3/4". And a 4x4 is typically 3 3/4" by 3 3/4".

I don't know how to translate all this to metrics. If someone knows how, please send me the metrics so I can share them.

Tools you will need

  • electric drill, two if possible
  • drill bits
  • screwdriver bits for drill
  • electric jigsaw for cutting the circle
  • hand saw for trimming the 2x2's, 2x4's and 1x4's
  • T square or drafting triangle
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • rasp
  • caulk gun, (unless you use glue in a squeeze tube container)

A cautionary note

It's always good to have someone else around to help. Hopefully someone who knows how to use power tools!

A note about treated lumber - I used treated lumber for the legs and base, but I have heard since then that the poison in treated lumber leaches out into the soil over time and poisons your yard. You may want to use untreated lumber because of this.

If you do use treated lumber for the legs and base, DO NOT SAND TREATED LUMBER, it is ARSENIC, and very VERY POISONOUS. If you sand it you will create sawdust and very likely poison yourself, or the pets, or the kids.....

The whole point is to have a meal outside, with the kids and the dog, and you don't want to poison anybody.

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We have dinner outside on my table as often as possible. It really seems to help us to slow down and enjoy the food and each others company.

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