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How to Make a Patio Table

Patio tables are a nice way to be able to hang out in your own yard. However, patio furniture can be very expensive, and is not always made of a good, lasting quality. Making your own patio table is a great alternative to the more expensive furniture options, and can look just as good and even last longer. This table is made from an old outside door, and is pretty simple to make. It can be made in under a day, and looks quite nice when finished. It has a slightly rustic look, and fits in well with any shabby chic look.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • Sandpaper
  • 4 2-inch by 4-inch boards
  • Sheet of plywood
  • Saw
  • Pre-made table legs, or 2-inch by 4-inch boards for legs
  • Wood screws
  • Wooden outside door
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or stain for the table
  • Wood varnish (if using stain)
  • Piano hinge
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    • 1

      Measure the door and subtract two inches from around all sides. Cut the 2-inch by 4-inch boards to match the subtracted measurements. Screw the frame tightly together using the wood screws. For added sturdiness, glue the screws in as well.

    • 2

      Cut a sheet of plywood that as big as the 2x4 frame. Use the wood glue to attach the plywood sheet to the 2x4 frame. Let dry.

    • 3

      Drill a hole through the four corners of the frame, making sure to drill both the plywood and the 2x4s. Screw in the pre-made table legs, or screw in the additional 2x4s. If making your own legs, you will need to decide how high you want the table to be and cut the wood to that size. Bracers for the legs may also be necessary.

    • 4

      Flip the wooden frame over. Remove any door handles or objects that are sticking out from the door. Place the door on top of the frame. Attach one half of the piano hinge to the frame, and the other half to the door. It is very important that you use a door intended for outside use, otherwise it might warp.

    • 5

      Sand the whole table until it is smooth. Brush the table off with a dry cloth to remove the sawdust. Stain or paint the table in your desired color. Usually paint will require a primer before putting on the real color. When staining, applying a wood varnish after the stain has dried is a good idea. Let dry for at least 24 hours before using.