You can tell someone is big on entertaining when they ask you to build a 10 foot dining table. That’s what my mom requested me to build her over Easter weekend. They had a couple of mis-matched outdoor dining sets that were falling apart. Sad, right? You spend $500 or more on glass and metal for it to fall apart after a few years. So we did a little brainstorming, and I found this beauty:
I hope you have a spare 4 grand lying around though, because that’s what you’ll have to shell out to buy it. Crazypants. So I did a little online digging, and found this plan to build your own knockoff 10 foot long table.
– The height. For some oddball reason, our table came out to 34″ tall. I don’t know about you, but I’m not real big on having to raise my arms over my head to eat. We didn’t have enough time to fix it before we left for home, but during our visit last weekend we quickly removed the top and cut 4″ off the legs from the top. So keep that in mind if you’re building from this plan.
– The plans are hard to follow because pieces get thinner or go missing from the diagrams from step to step. It was pretty confusing at times.
– The lumberyard didn’t carry cedar 2×10’s, so we used 7 2×6’s instead.
– We left a 1/2″ gap between each board so any dew or rainfall can escape and not pool on top and rot the wood.
That’s it! My mom is thrilled with her new table, and already got to show it off at a cookout with no fewer than 50 guests. Plus, with the cedar and sealant only costing $230, she saved 95% off the 4 grand version! Ain’t no shame in that. Oh, and if you’d like to build a “daintier” version of this table, Ana came up with a plan for an 8′ table using 2×4’s. Awesome!