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Deck and Patio Pub Table

Create your own pub table for outdoor dining with these easy-to-follow plans. You can stain the cedar table to complement your other patio furniture or outdoor decor.

Wooden pub table on a deck accompanied by painted outdoor bar stools.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Electric drill/driver with bits, countersink, and driver bit
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Waterproof wood glue
  • Sandpaper and sanding block


  • See Project Diagram for lumber required
  • 1-1/4-in deck screws
  • 1-5/8-in deck screws
  • 2-in deck screws
  • Olympic Elite solid-color stain, Rustic Cedar

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Build the Table Top

Step 1

Measure the table top across the width of the slats.

Cut the slats (A) to length and lay them edge-to-edge on your work table with the ends flush (Project Diagram, Cutting List, Cutting Diagram). Measure the width of the assembled slats. The width should be about the same as the 38-1/2-inch slat length, but may vary depending on how straight the boards are and how tightly the slats fit together. Mark the slats so they can be reassembled in the same order.

Step 2

Mark each pub table apron length.

Cut the aprons (B) about 2 inches longer than listed (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Position the aprons on the slats (A), with the edges flush and in a “pinwheel” orientation (one end butted against the mating apron and the other end protruding beyond the edge of the table top) (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Making sure the apron you’ll trace against is square to the slats, mark the apron lengths.

Good to Know

Positioning the aprons in pinwheel orientation allows you to accurately mark the lengths without measuring.

Step 3

Mark the mating ends of the aprons (B) and the position of the slats (A) for reassembly. Cut the aprons to length. Drill countersunk pilot holes through the overlapping end of each apron. Assemble the apron frame with waterproof wood glue and 2-inch deck screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Good to Know

Because the screw holes are very close to the ends of the aprons, drilling countersunk pilot holes prevents splitting when driving the screws.

Step 4

Glue and screw the slats to the table aprons.

Flip over the apron frame and slats. Drill countersunk pilot holes in the ends of the slats. Observing the orientation marks on the slats, glue and screw them to the aprons (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Step 5

Glue and screw cleats to the table aprons and the rails to the cleats.

Flip the assembly upside down. Cut the cleats (C) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Measure the distance between the aprons and cut the rails (D) to length. To center the cleats on the aprons, mark centerlines on the edges of the aprons and the cleats. Then align the marks, glue and screw them in place. Glue and screw the rails to the cleats (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Good to Know

To determine the length of the rails, measure along the inside of the apron, not at the middle of the assembly. This way, slightly bowed apron boards will be pulled straight when you install the rails.

Step 6

Turn the table-top assembly right-side up and screw the slats (A) to the rails (D) (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Add the Legs, Stretchers, and Braces

Step 1

Glue and screw the wide table upright to the narrow leg.

Cut the wide uprights (E) and narrow uprights (F) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting Diagram). Glue and screw together the uprights to form the legs (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).

Step 2

Glue and screw the table legs to the apron frame.

Position one pair of legs with the wide uprights (E) against the same apron (B); glue and screw them in place from within the table to hide the screws. Position the second pair of legs on the opposite apron with the wide uprights against the apron and glue and screw them in place (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).

Step 3

Measure the stretchers to fit between the table legs.

Like the aprons (B), the stretchers (G) will be installed in pinwheel fashion (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Cut the stretchers about 2 inches oversize. To determine the stretcher lengths, hold a scrap cut from the stretcher boards against the inside of one leg and measure from the inside face of the opposite leg to the inside face of the scrap. Cut the stretchers to length. Drill countersunk pilot holes through the overlapping end of each stretcher and screw together the stretcher frame.

Good to Know

Measure the stretcher lengths close to the aprons. This way, slightly splayed legs will be pulled into alignment when the stretchers are installed.

Step 4

Screw the stretcher frame to the table legs.

Place the table upright on the floor. Cut four 12-inch-long spacers from scrap wood and clamp one to the inside face of each leg. Rest the stretcher (G) frame on the spacers and screw it to the inside faces of the legs (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).

Step 5

Install the long leg braces first, then add the short braces.

Cut the long braces (H) and short braces (I) to length and shape (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Mark vertical centerlines on the faces of the cleats (C). Align the upper ends of the braces with the centerlines. First, glue and screw the long braces to the inside faces of the cleats and legs (Project Diagram, Drawing 5). Then glue and screw the short braces with the leg ends of the short braces against the inside faces of the long braces.

Finishing Up

Step 1

Install the apron trim flush with the tops of the slats.

Cut the apron trim (J) 2-inches longer than listed (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Using the same method for determining the lengths of the aprons (B), mark the lengths of the apron trim and cut them to length. Glue and screw the apron trim to the aprons with the top edges of the trim flush with the tops of the slats (A) (Project Diagram, Drawing 6).

Step 2

Measure between the legs for the lengths of the long foot rails (K) and short foot rails (L) (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Glue and screw the foot rails to the stretchers with the top edges flush (Project Diagram, Drawing 6).

Step 3

To prevent splinters, sand slight chamfers on exposed edges. Apply an exterior sealer/stain (Rustic Cedar shown). Double-coat exposed end grain, especially the ends of the legs.