DIY Outdoor Occasion Table

The Nerdy Girls are no strangers to the Home Depot Do-it-herself events. This month we built a super cute outdoor occasion table. The cost of materials amounts to about $35-50 depending the quality of the materials you buy. If you do not have power tools, it will be much more. Time to get friendly with your neighbor! So, as promised, here are the instructions for building the table from Home Depot for those who were unable to make it to the event.

DIY Outdoor Table


  1. (2) 2″x 2″x 8′ Weathershield (pressure treated) lumber
  2. 15/32″ 2’x 2′ BC sanded plywood panel
  3. (2) 2″x 3″x 36″ balusters
  4. 10′ pine chair rail moulding
  5. Pencil
  6. Tape measure
  7. Circular saw
  8. Drill, 7/64 drill bit, Philips head #2
  9. Brad nailer.

Cutting (please wear goggles and follow all safety precautions when using power tools)

  1. Cutting instructions for #1 above: Use a pencil and tape measure to mark (2) 24″ and (3) 21 1/2″ pieces. Use a circular saw to make these cuts, make sure to clamp them down securely when cutting. At the end of the first step you will have 2 pieces of lumber that are 24″ long and 3 pieces that will 21 1/2″ long. Allow about 1/8″ space where necessary. These pieces will make the frame of the table. Measure twice, cut once!
  2. Cutting instructions for #3 above: Mark each baluster at 18″ and again use the circular saw to them in half. These will be the table legs.
  3. Cutting instructions for #4 above: For the rail trim you will need to do a 45 degree bevel cut. The inside edge will 24″ to match the width of the table. Word to the wise: Make sure your bevel is going in the correct direction when you make these cuts. It can be tricky, just make sure to pay extra close attention at this point.

New Doc 6_1


  1.  Remember the five pieces of lumber you cut earlier? Well, this is the step where you get to put it all together! The 24″ will be opposite of each other and the three shorter ones will be between and perpendicular to the longer pieces. New Doc 6_2
  2. Now the fun begins! Use your drill and your 7/64″ bit to pilot holes into the six areas below (this is so you don’t split your wood). Using your drill and a #2 Phillips head, screw 1 3/4″ screws into each pilot hole. Yay, you have a frame!New Doc 6_3
  3. Fit the plywood onto the frame, mark 8 locations for the 8 pilot holes (one in each corner and one in between on each side). Drill your pilot holes around the perimeter of the plywood into the table frame.
  4. Using your drill equipped with a #2 Philips head, drive 1″ screws into each pilot hole, securing the plywood to the table frame.
  5. Now flip your frame over so that the plywood is facing down. Let’s attach the legs! Place your balusters on the corners of the table, drill the 7/64″ drill bit to drill 2 pilot holes through the frame and into the 3″ side of the leg. With your #2 Philips head, drive 1 3/4″ screws to fasten the leg to the table. Repeat for the other 3 legs.
  6. Now attach the beveled chair rail to the outside of the table frame using the brad nailer. Leave 1/4″ above the plane of the table to allow for the thickness of the tile.
  7. Insert the four slate tiles into the spaces between the chair rail! Sand, fill in holes with wood putty, and finish 😀