Cut the parts
To cut identical parts without measuring each one, screw a stop block to a 1×4 base (See the cut list measurements for this project in the photo under “Construction Drawings“). Position the base and clamp it in place. Miter the top supports at 45-1/2 degrees. That way, they’ll join tightly at the visible outside corners. Sand the parts before assembly.
Screw and Glue the Shelf Supports to the Legs
The shelf supports and legs must meet at 90 degrees. You can position them with a square, but if you’re building more than one table, you can speed up the job by making an assembly jig. This jig is made from 1x4s screwed to plywood.
Add the Tops Supports
Screw the top supports to the legs. Be sure to countersink the screw heads so the tile top will rest directly on the supports.
Install the Slats
Drill pilot holes, then fasten the slats using glue and nails or trim-head screws. Position the slats using 1/2-inch spacers.
Glue on the Top
Center the table on the underside of the tile and trace its location. Then apply construction adhesive and set the top in place. Set weight on the slats if needed. We finished our table with two coats of spar urethane.
The Finished Product
Enjoy your new patio tile table!
Construction Drawings for this project:
• 6′ of 2×2 oak
• 14′ of 1×2 oak
• 1 lb. 1-1/2″ galvanized finish nails
• Eight 1-5/8″ galvanized screws
• Exterior wood glue
• Construction adhesive
• 120-grit sandpaper
• Tile of your choice
What This Project Takes:
• Time: 3 hours
• Cost: $50
• Skill Level: Beginnger
• Tools: Basic hand tools, drill, miter saw, caulk gun
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