DIY Outdoor Concrete Table
Build an outdoor table that will withstand the elements and rejuvenate the yard.
Cedar's natural resistance to the elements, including moisture, helps it hold up to the weather outdoors. We left this table base unfinished, but you can stain the wood to make it even more durable. This homemade base is 22×46 inches from the outside edge of each leg; the concrete top will overhang about 1 inch on all sides.
How to Make a Table Base
What you'll need:
- Four 4×4×30-inch cedar posts
- Three 8-foot 1×4 cedar boards cut:
- Eight 3 3/4-inch pieces
- Four 3-inch pieces
- Four 15-inch pieces
- Two 39-inch pieces
- Two 17¼-inch pieces
- Measuring tape
- 1¼-inch exterior galvanized screws
- Drill with screwdriver bit
Cut the cedar boards to the lengths listed above.
Concrete is a surprisingly manageable medium with an earthy vibe and unbeatable durability. It's also forgiving -- if you mix in a little too much or not quite enough water, you'll still be OK. Countertop concrete is done with a fairly dry mix that will set overnight. Rough edges and small air pockets add rustic appeal to concrete. This project is relatively small (the top is 24×48 inches) so you can pour it without a wire-mesh stabilizer and heavyduty frame. For a tabletop larger than this, you will need both.
How to Make a Concrete Tabletop
What you'll need:
- Three 2×2×48-inch foam strips
- Foam tape
- 2×28×52-inch foam insulation board
- 2×4 boards
- Biodegradable colorant
- 5-gallon bucket
- Handheld drill with paddle mixer
- Two 70-pound bags of concrete (we used Buddy Rhodes Concrete Counter Mix)
- Rubberized work gloves
- Concrete trowel
Build a wooden frame from 2×4 boards to fit tightly around the foam frame. Set the mold on a solid surface.