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Build an Umbrella Table

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Build an Umbrella Table

Here's the perfect project for anyone who enjoys a cool drink under a shade umbrella on a hot summer day. The 26" x 26" table will accommodate an umbrella and stand, have enough surface space for drinks and snacks, and looks great in rich, weather-resistant cedar.

9 Steps

  1. Make the legs
  2. Create a skirt
  3. Assemble skirt
  4. Attach legs to skirt
  5. Create and attach fastening pieces
  1. Measure and cut tabletop
  2. Attach tabletop
  3. Drill umbrella hole
  4. Finishing touches
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Make the legs

Step 1

Make the legs

To make the legs, cut 4 pieces of 4" x 4" cedar to 17" lengths. Then rip cut the pieces to 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Create a skirt

Step 2

Create a skirt

For the table skirt rip cut the 5/4" x 6" cedar to a width of 3 3/4". Then cut two 26" lengths and two 24" lengths.

Assemble skirt

Step 3

Assemble skirt

Assemble a box with these four pieces – 24" inside the 26". Glue and brad nail together.

Attach legs to skirt

Step 4

Attach legs to skirt

Position a leg in one corner of the skirt, firm against the sides and down against a 5/4" x 6" spacer. Glue, countersink and screw through the leg into the skirt. Repeat for all corners.

Create and attach fastening pieces

Step 5

Create and attach fastening pieces

Using the excess pieces from the skirt, cut fastening pieces to fit between the legs. Glue and screw them into the skirt against 5/4" x 6" cedar flush with the top of the table legs.

Step 6

Measure and cut tabletop

To make the table top, cut five pieces of 5/4" x 6" cedar to fit inside the skirt. So all pieces are of equal width, measure and divide by five, then rip cut the five pieces to equal widths.

Step 7

Attach tabletop

Lay the five pieces together on a flat surface and fit the table over them. Countersink, glue and screw through the fastening strips into the pieces.

Drill umbrella hole

Step 8

Drill umbrella hole

Stand the table upright on its legs and use the hole saw to drill a hole in the centre, to accommodate the umbrella.

Step 9

Finishing touches

Fill all cracks and holes with exterior wood filler. Sand, stain and apply sealer (optional).

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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