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Modern Family Table

Though it looks like a pricey designer piece, this cedar patio table was actually crafted out of materials from the local home center. The base consists of two 24-inch-tall clay chimney-flue liners set atop 4-inch-thick concrete blocks (so that the table is at a comfortable height for sitting and eating). We made the tabletop from 2x4 boards alternating with 4x4 posts in decay-resistant cedar set ¼-inch apart. (We cut them 8 feet long and used enough lumber for a table 5 feet wide, but you can size the table as you’d like.) For braces under the tabletop, cut several 2x4s an inch shorter than the table’s width, and place them evenly along the length of the table, making room for the clay bases. (We used five braces.) Decking screws secure the braces to the tabletop; we then turned the entire assembly over to set on the bases.

 

See the step-by-step makeover.

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