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.
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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
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 a box with these four pieces 24" inside the 26". Glue and brad nail together.
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
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.
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.
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
Stand the table upright on its legs and use the hole saw to drill a hole in the centre, to accommodate the umbrella.
Fill all cracks and holes with exterior wood filler. Sand, stain and apply sealer (optional).
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours
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