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Build an Umbrella Table

Shaina Oliphant
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Umbrella table

If you enjoy a cool drink under a shade umbrella on a hot summer day then building an umbrella table is the perfect project for you. Learn how to build this attractive weather-resistant table that will accommodate an umbrella and stand, as well as have enough surface space for drinks and snacks.

Skill level:  Advanced

Time to complete:  Variable


Step 1: Make the Legs


Cutting strips of cedar


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 21/2″.

Step 2: Create a Skirt


Cutting lengths of cedar


For the table skirt rip cut the 1 1/4″ x 6″ cedar to a width of 3 3/4″. Then cut two 26″ lengths and two 24″ lengths.

Step 3: Assemble Skirt


Assembling box for skirt of umbrella table


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

Step 4: Attach Legs To Skirt


Attaching wooden legs to skirt of umbrella table


Position a leg in one corner of the skirt, firm against the sides and down against a 1 1/4″ x 6″ spacer. Glue, countersink and screw through the leg into the skirt. Repeat for all corners.

Step 5: Create and Attach Fastening Pieces


Attaching fastening pieces to legs of umbrella table


Using the excess pieces from the skirt, cut fastening pieces to fit between the legs. Glue and screw them into the skirt against 1 1/4″ 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 1 1/4″ 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.

Step 8: Drill Umbrella Hole


Drilling umbrella hole into table


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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