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.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Screw and Glue the Shelf Supports to the LegsPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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 SupportsPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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 SlatsPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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 TopPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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 ProductPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Enjoy your new patio tile table!
Construction Drawings for this project:
Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
• 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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