Looking for an expensive and sturdy outdoor table? Get a step-by-step tutorial for making an EASY, DIY outdoor table that won’t break the bank!
A few years ago I did a DIY outdoor table using some scrap decking from my neighbors. It was a Roadkill Rescue challenge, so I was supposed to use something that was free.
The table has held up, but after 4 years, it was time for a new top. The sides were sagging and it was just really sad looking!
I re-purposed the base by simply removing the top. Here are the basics of how I made it:
- I started by making a box from 2×4′s. (They were originally stairs to a play structure.)
- I cut three at 21″ and two at 54″.
- I assembled them using 3″ deck screws, longer boards on the outside and the shorter boards on the inside with one in the middle for support. Use a square on the corners to make sure they are “square.”
- I used deck posts (4×4′s) for the legs. I cut four at 28″, then used a level to make sure the legs are “plumb.” That means straight!
- I also added supports in-between the legs, using lag bolts.
You can see the full set of instructions in the original post.
To freshen it up a bit, I painted it a distressed white.
The new top was VERY simple to construct! I bought (2) 12 ft. pieces of treated 2×10’s. (You can find them with the decking materials at most hardware stores.)
I cut each piece of wood in half (at the 6 ft. mark). Then used a pocket jig (also purchased at most hardware stores).
Here’s the actual jig that I have and love: HERE.
I worked my way down one side of each board starting at 2″ from the end for the first set and then every 6″. You should only do this on 3 of the boards, leave one without the pocket holes.
Then I laid the pieces out on a flat surface and screwed them together using 2 1/2″ screws.
It should look like the picture below when you are finished.
For added support, while I was moving it, I attached a piece of scrap wood on each end.
I used a tape measure to center the new top on the base, then used a square to make sure everything was straight.
To secure the top to the base, I used “L” brackets coming off of each leg.
The new top is so much more sturdy and I only spent around $35 for the wood and screws.
The top took about an hour to construct, so if you were making this table from start to finish, expect it to take about 2 hours.
Now we have a large, STURDY table where we can eat on nice evenings!
Well it would not be for me. My husband has been wanting this and his birthday is coming up so it would make my life easier because then he would have the gift that he wants. He has had this on a wish list for some time. In fact he showed me the exact item he wants and this is it–he showed me last evening.
Karen Moon says
Merry Ja says
I’m a big fan of DIY projects. I have a collection of projects I want to try but other than a basic tool kit my dad got me for my birthday, I have no tools! While most of the projects I want to do are on the easy side, without power tools, it’s really hard. This would help me finally start on my fun projects!
Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) says
The depth feature will make it so much easier to make screws flush with the surface of what I’m building!
Krista Kreke says
Because my drill is broken!
Sandi Allen says
I could so use this drill. I do not have my own.
I borrow my hubby’s which is very big and heavy.
Thanks for the chance!
Connie Higgins says
Great tutorial…need to make a top for my sewing machine legs. Thanks.
Great job on your outdoor table!
My husband and I are building and moving into our first home in the next month! We already have about 30 DIY projects on the list to tackle once we get in (one of the is building outdoor furniture); the Black & Decker 20v max lithium cordless drill would undoubtedly make tackling that project list 100x easier! 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity!
Robin A says
Would love this when I install shelving/closet system
karen andrews says
I need this to finish the trim around my new window. Also to fix the top of my cedar chest. My boyfriend always has his drill at work. I just need one of my own!
I watched the video and was amazed that the couple could do a house project and still be smiling when it was over! 🙂 I do like the size of the drill and love the light!
Thanks for this chance!!
Wendy McBride says
That awesome Black & Decker drill will make my life easier because I don’t currently have a drill since a thief swiped some of my tools. It would be really handy to have a drill again.
I love the table, Angela!! Maybe I could make one too with a new drill… 😉
This drill would make my life much easier because I haven’t had a properly working one since my drill went kaput late last year.
Holly B says
This looks so easy to use it might enable a DIY/ household repair spree!
Michele Timms says
I am amazed with what can be made with wood and tools… This is not my skill department but my husband’s and he often builds things for around our house (inside and out). I’m sure that he would love a tool like this one!
It would make my husbands life much easier. Since Father’s Day is coming up this would be a perfect gift to give him. Thanks for the giveaway!
Linda Owens says
It seems we always need a drill for something we need to do around the house and this one is awesome. Love the table. There are several things I need to do and the drill will make it so easy.
I would enjoy having this drill. I like the Auto Sense feature. It would give me courage to try more diy projects. I shy away from some things for fear of
I would enjoy winning this. I like to Auto Sense feature on the drill. Thanks for the giveaway. : )
Dale Fish says
I am converting a spare room into a master bath….ohhh, the possibilities with this!!!
I have a very heavy antique mirror that needs hanging, this will help! Thanks.
I would love to have my very own power tools for my projects. The Auto Sense feature is fabulous. Thank you for the giveaway.
OMG! My pr husband is always complaining about the old one he got! This one would make his diy projects much easier!
The autosense feature is pretty awesome!
Susan T says
Hubby is going to be remodeling our kitchen……maybe with the Auto Sense drill I would even help him. 🙂
Betty Waliczek says
My husband is a great handy guy and DIYer, but he doesn’t have a cordless drill. This Black and Decker20 VMax would make him VERY happy!
I’m still using the corded electrical drill because I don’t have a battery powered one.
Jamie Lockard says
Ooh!…this would be great for the Adirondacks we’re planning, along with the swimming pool cover chores
Oh My…I could write a list a mile long of how this drill could be used. Lol, inside the house, outside, helping family and neighbors. But I came here tonight to readmire your beautiful outdoor table (redo) hoping I could learn to put one together myself. And that amazing drill would make that possible. Yay!! I LOVE your table…love it…thank you. 🙂
Amy Coats says
It would help my husband build more awesome additions to my house!
We are planning a move this summer and I can think of all sorts of things we can use this for!!
Anne Elliott says
oh I would SO love this. I have a lot of *ahem* projects out in my porch waiting for some motivation. I just KNOW a new drill would give me a push to get my butt out there and tackle some of them!!!!
I love the table!!!
Charity Cram says
I love that it stops when the screw is in place. It would make attaching hardware to back of picture frames so much easier!
Jessica Walsh says
1. I will no longer strip screws
2. LED flashlight? Yes please! Wish I had this when I was remodeling the kitchen and putting cabinets together!
3. So I know when the drill is about to die and I can find a good stopping point…. (Aka, my decision not because I lost power!)
Gosh, so many projects not enough time but this drill looks like it would make it so much easier to get it done!
Heather S says
I’d love to win this! I’m helping make picnic benches for a local non-profit and I’d love to bring my own drill!
Christine Kiehl says
Oh this drill would make my life easier as even I COULD use it for fixing up my home; drilling all kinds of wood for DIY crafts! All of that without having to take items to my male neighbor or lumber yard! Thank you for sharing yourself with your followers! I always enjoy your posts! Warmly, Christine email@example.com
Kelly D says
I think that this drill will make our projects go easier and quicker because it has so many useful features, like the autosense technology.
Cordless always makes life easier!!
Dawn Monroe says
I have to share my husbands drill and when ever I need it he has it at work or in the truck. Id like to have my own, especially Black and Decker which is a trusted name in our house.
My drill is ten years older than baseball and on life support. Besides that, this has so many great features it would improve my skills!
Devin M. says
I’d finally be able to finish my wife’s fix-it list!
RoseAnn Cruz says
We bought a house last year and we have lots of fixer up projects to do. Just start with the front door and go all through the house out to the back deck that needs to be replaced! It’s a beautiful old house it just needs lots of tender loving care.
This amazing drill would really help with our DIY projects!
Having this drill would be a huge help in that I wouldn’t have to depend on my husband’s drill. Sometimes he takes it with him to work and I need a drill. I’m asking for tools for my birthday, Christmas, Mother’s day (next year). Every woman should have her own set of tools.
Carol Clark says
it will be a less hassle with this battery indicator and i could use the light putting coffe tables back together after i paint them this would come so in handy
Bev Heaps says
This would be so awesome! It would help me tremendously. I never know just how far to put the screw in. All the information I need is right there on the drill itself. I will repeat-this would be awesome!!
Conor Bray says
I can finally make a pair of bedside tables that I like without the headache of a corded drill! Love the look of this cordless drill!
kylee hylton says
I really want to start my own buisness building and remodeling furniture and this would help out so much!
Meghan Finley says
It would make my list of DIY projects for my new place A LOT easier
I have been asking my hubs for my own drill to work on my list of DIY projects; He keeps saying just use mine. Well your’s is fine, but I would really like my own so I don’t have to hunt around for it when I need it! I would also really like a lighter one than his older large clunky DeWalt.
I love how the Black and Decker 20V Max has a light to help with all those dark hole situations, a button to choose which setting you like, how convenient is that, nice upgrade! I also especially like the auto sense technology, would really help with my bad depth perception! lol
Sharlene Piscitelli says
I like to recycle old furniture pieces into new ones and this would make repurposing so much easier.
christine jessamine says
I love that this has depth controll. This would make projects alot easier for our family
Laura J says
Oh it would make mine so much easier…as I do not have one now. I have such a hard time without one. I think the cutting-edge electronic clutch is so wonderful! Knowing that I would not strip the screws is so awesome! I would love to be able to create things like your table on my own if I had a drill! Oh the things that I could do !!! 🙂
It would make my life soooo much better. I’m in the process of replacing 12 windows. I’m really tired of tripping over cords! I also love creating and repurposing items. THANKS
Tina W says
My fiance is an electrician so his big powerful drills travel with him in his truck for work. I’ve discovered a low-power “electric screwdriver” is no help when trying to do a fix-it job when I am home alone. This would be great so I could let my DIY juices flow!
Michelle M says
This would make our life easier because our drill is old and needs to be replaced. But, with so many other expensive things to replace right now, it’s kind of on the back burner. Thanks for the chance to win!
we’re moving to a new home and would love to have this drill for all of the projects, organization, and furniture we’ll be working on!!! We’d also love to build a deck but we’re being ambitious!
amy loane says
I would love one of these for hanging decor around the house!!!
jen riccio says
I love how this drill works and I was afraid to use the one I got because I kept ruining my DIY projects. I would love to try this and hope to win it. Thanks for the opportunity
Emily B says
My husband is a great handyman so he would love the advancements of this drill and the accuracy it provides. I think it would be easier for me to use as well having the “autosense” feature!
Michelle L.-R. says
I’ve recently started working on some furniture upcycling projects and could really use a good reliable, and always needed, cordless drill/driver – especially when I move onto making some raised dog beds I’ve been wanting to try. Oh, and that old rundown and outdated house I’m in the process of purchasing….very much needed too! I can’t even begin to tell you how much that will be used in the kitchen area alone! I plan to gently remove all the cabinetry in the house and send them over to our local Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Alicia Morris says
My husband would love this would be so much better when we make things he makes shelfs and crafts to sale to help he is retired and that keeps him busy thanks for the chance to win it for him
Alice W. says
I have been telling my husband that I need my own drill for so long now! This would be awesome! I LOVE how your table turned out. Thanks for sharing your giveaways in Bloggertunities so I could find you 🙂
Alisha Hodges says
This drill can make my life easier because it will allow us to do a lot of home projects and we won’t have to worry about stripping screws or ruining furniture.
This drill would be ideal for my husband and son to work together on a similar re-used fence and deck boards project. Great automatic features. Thank you for this opportunity!
Thanks for the giveaway this would be awesome because I have so many things that needs fixed up around my house and when I ask my husband to fix them his answer is ,”We don’t have a drill.” If I can get him one he wont have a reason to not fix the things that need to be fixed 🙂 We usually have to borrow stuff like that from my uncle.
Jeannie Garcia-Buechele says
I got my husband a new grill for Father Day and living in Arizona, you have got to have shade for your drill and I would like to make my husband a grill gazebo to shade his grill. My husband is a great guy and I would like to do this as a thank you to him for putting up with me for the last 20 years 🙂
kaye newman says
It would make my life easier because it would be so much more quicker then using my old screwdriver.
This drill make my Mom’s life easier. She is starting to try to do things herself.
Susan P. says
I need to replace my drill. I have a Black & Decker electric drill that I bought 35 years ago that still works great but one with new technology that automatically stops when the screw is in place would be great.
Mary W says
I need a great drill like this one to call my own. With an automatic clutch, no more stripping screws or damaging the work surface. My work would look cleaner and more accurate – a big plus for me!
Our drill died a few months back and we have several DIY projects that are waiting to be finished until we can get a new drill. This would be great!
Lisa Goodman says
I have been a diy person for a while, but I have always had my dads tool to use –however–unfortunate events of family issues has left my dad without several of his tools. Since he is older now, he really doesn’t have a need to replace alot of the items…so…i dont have access to them and being a single mom…bills and such are more of a priority. I could save for a cheap one, but I would rather have one that will last me for a good while. whoever wins this though…i wish them happy diy!!
Love your table!
If I had this drill, I wouldn’t have to borrow my son’s drill any more 🙂
I love the features this one has. I’m a single mom who has been trying to learn how to fix things for the past couple of years, and has tried to learn to build things we need or things for the kids since our budget hasn’t been stellar. In the process of all of that, I’ve discovered that a drill that would help me to not strip screws would be a good thing 😉 I’ve had lots of lessons to learn along the way, and stripped screws have popped up in the” lessons” category several times. A drill who is smarter Han me would be a great blessing!
deb dench says
I just bought a fixer upper in Baltimore. My son and I are doing the work ourselves. This would really help!
I would LOVE to win this for my husband, we are just starting out and he has barely any tools, I think he would love this. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Melonie Bushey says
I hate asking for help, especially from a man! I live alone and this drill will help me more independent.
I’d give this to my hubby and he’d find a great use for it! He’s always wanting new tools.
We are going to be putting new siding and a new roof on our house. This would be so handy to have so I can help. Plus, it doesn’t look so big that it will make my hand hurt. Thanks for the opportunity.
Kim Avery says
It would be for my husband & it would make my life essier because he would stop begging for a 20V or complaining the 12V won’t hold a charge! Plus we would save money by not buying replacement screw bit because they are stripped!!! Also o wouldn’t have to buy him a birthday present!!!
Sarah Wiley says
Would love to have my own drill! Especially one
That stops before I strip the screw! I hate
Sharing with my husband. He doesn’t keep
His bits organized or battery charged. Thanks!
MATTHEW FLOWERS says
It would help me out a lot around my house. I’m always having to fix something around my old house. It seems like I’m fixing something every other day around here! It would be a very big help.
crystal sheckles-gibson says
I would have to hide it from my husband. 🙂 It would make home repairs and projects so much easier.
Simone H says
I am the WORST at stripping screws. This would be great for me. I wouldn’t have to wait on my hubby to do all the “honey-do list”, I could do some myself with this drill.
This new drill would be such a lifesaver! My hubby is battling with terminal cancer, so alot of the fixer upper chores are coming my way from around the house…. love the features of the drill like auto stop so i cant mess up!
Amanda Baker says
What an amazing ‘tool.’ I am really power-tool challenged. My name really should be ‘Grace’ for all the things I do to myself. Right now I have a smashed toe and poisen ivy. This tool could have helped in the prevention of the smashed toe as there is a DIY wood shelf involved in that particular mishap.
Lynn Leahy says
This drill would make my projects so much easier!
Beautiful Table! Could you please share with me the color you chose for the top.
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