DIY Furniture Plans – Power Tool Challenge: Porch & Patio Edition
It is that time again, my friends – Power Tool Challenge time! This month’s theme is “Porch and Patio” and it couldn’t be a better topic with better timing! I have been working hard around my house which includes building deck though the deck will not be completed for at least another month. It certainly doesn’t stop me from building fabulous furniture for it! The DIY furniture plans to build a Stenciled Concrete Top Table feature a wood frame with round rungs at the bottom and a simple concrete top. I used a solid exterior stain on the table frame then added a stencil to the concrete top with exterior paint. It looks fabulous, if I say so myself!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 2-1/2″ screws
- 1 – 50lb bag of quick setting concrete mix
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- Stencil & Exterior Paint
- Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Pocket Hole Jig
- 1″ Forstner Bit
- 2 – 1″ Round Dowels at 4′ (or 4 at 3′)
- 1 – 1×3 at 4′
- 1 – 1×3 at 6′
- 1 – 2×2 at 8′
- Scrap 1x2s at approximately 24″ long – total of four
- 4 – 2×2 at 17-1/4″ – Legs
- 4 – 1×3 at 16-1/2″ – Aprons
- 4 – 1″ dowels at 17-3/8″ – Bottom Rungs
- 2 – 1×3 at 17-1/2″ – Top Supports
To construct the base:
Cut the pieces for the legs. With all four legs lined up against each other, drill a 1/2″ deep hole with the 1″ Forstner bit (<– affiliate link!) approximately 4″ up from the bottom of each leg.
Turn two of the legs over so the adjoining face is up and the holes (just drilled with the Forstner bit) face left, then turn the remaining two legs over so that the holes face to the right. Drill another hole with the Forstner bit approximately 3″ up from the bottom of each leg on the face of the leg that is pointing up.
Cut the pieces for the aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure one apron to one leg, positioning the apron 1/4″ back from the outside face of the leg using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Note the position of the holes on the leg to which the apron is secured… For example, if the face of the leg with the 4″ hole faces the inside (toward the apron) and the face of the leg with the 3″ hole is facing the same direction as the pocket holes (up), the opposite leg has to have the face with the 4″ hole facing in and the hole with the 3″ hole facing up. (See the drawing for clarity.)
Insert a dowel into the hole facing toward the apron, then position the other leg on the other side securing to the apron using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Create a second assembly identical to this one for the opposite side of the table.
With one of the side assemblies laying face down (pocket holes facing up), secure the remaining aprons to each of the legs, positioning them 1/4″ back from the outside faces of the legs. Insert a dowel into each of the holes, then position the remaining leg assembly on top. Secure the aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the top supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to two of the aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Finish the base frame as desired. I used a waterproofing exterior stain in a color named Royal Hayden which is a sort of clay-orange color. It is the same stain I used on my picnic table.
To construct the top:
Before the concrete is mixed up, a mold for the top will have to be built. I used scrap wood at approximately 1″ thick but I think a thicker top would have been better. 1x2s measure 1-1/2″ wide and would be perfect!
Cut two 1x2s at 20-1/2″ long and two at 22″ long. Drill a pilot hole in each end of the 22″ pieces and assemble the mold using 2-1/2″ screws with no glue.
Place the mold on top of a flat surface covered with plastic (a trash bag works well) or a piece of cardboard.
Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When I mixed mine it was a bit “soupy” (too much water) and that is ok because the water will evaporate but the top will take longer to dry. I added a concrete colorant (charcoal grey) to the mixing water before I added the water to the concrete mix.
Pour the concrete into the mold spreading it with a small trowel or garden shovel. Give the mold a few taps with a rubber mallet to remove any voids or air bubbles in the concrete.
Let the concrete sit in the mold until most of the water has evaporated, then carefully remove the mold. I let mine sit for about two hours before I removed the mold (yours may not have to sit as long).
Let the concrete dry and cure for a couple of days.
Once the concrete has dried, the top can be stenciled as desired. I chose to use a large flower stencil with white exterior paint.
Move the base frame into position on the porch or patio, then position the concrete top so that each side hangs over approximately 1/2″.
I love this table – it came out way better than I expected! Want to check out the awesomeness from the others in the Power Tool Challenge?
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Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Stenciled Concrete Top Table? Leave a comment below!
Originally posted 2016-05-19 07:00:40.