Constructing the Base

  1. Cut four legs (A) from 4x4 treated lumber, each 26 inches long.
  2. Cut four side supports (B) from 2x4 treated lumber, each 27 inches long.
  3. Cut eight support blocks (C) from 2x2 treated lumber (or wider material ripped to 2 x 2), each 3-1/2 inches long.
  4. The base consists of four legs (A) connected by four side supports (B). Because the finished base must be absolutely straight, its assembly should be done on a level surface. It is also easier to assemble upside down (not you—the table).

Refer to Figure 1 and attach the side supports (B) to the legs (A). Drive 4-1/2-inch-long screws at an angle (toenail) through the top and bottom of each side support (B) into each leg (A). Countersink the screws. Make sure that the side supports (B) are flush with the top end and the outer surfaces of each Leg (A). Reinforce each joint by attaching a support block (C) to both sides of each Leg (A) and to the adjoining side supports (B).

Use two 3-inch-Iong screws on each side of each support block (C). This assembly is further reinforced by the table trim pieces in the next step, so don't panic if the table seems less than perfectly stable at this stage.

  1. Cut four table trim pieces (D) from 2x6 treated pine, each 37 inches long.
  2. Standing each table trim piece (D) on its edge, miter both ends at a 45-degree angle. Attach the mitered trim to the assembled base 1-1/2 inches above the side supports (B), as shown in Figure 2. Use exterior wood glue and 4-1/2-inch-long screws to attach the trim pieces to the legs (A). Use at least three screws on each end of each table trim piece (D).
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