Learn how to make a DIY outdoor chevron coffee table with a wood torched base in just one weekend with free plans & video!
The calendar may say that fall is here, but Mother Nature begs to differ! We are still having 70 and 80 degree days here in New York, which means we are taking full advantage of being outside this fall.
That being said, my family’s backyard oasis has been in desperate need of a new coffee table. So, I partnered with my amazing friends at Bernzomatic to make it happen. Here’s how I made them a new DIY outdoor chevron coffee table in one weekend!
Before we get to the good stuff, let’s talk about the types of wood you can use for outdoor projects. I chose cedar because I love the finished look, but there are other types of wood you can use.
What type of wood can you use for outdoor projects?
- Cedar: This wood has natural oils that make it resistant to decay and insect damage. It’s also lightweight, easy to work with, and has a pleasant aroma.
- Redwood: Another lightweight and durable option, redwood is resistant to decay and insect damage due to the presence of natural tannins. It’s also a beautiful wood with a unique reddish color.
- Teak: A popular choice for outdoor furniture, teak is known for its high resistance to decay, insects, and moisture. It’s also a dense wood with a beautiful golden color that weathers to an attractive gray patina over time.
- Cypress: This wood has natural oils that make it resistant to decay and insects. It’s also a relatively affordable option that’s easy to work with and has a beautiful grain pattern.
- Pressure-treated pine: This wood is treated with chemicals that make it resistant to decay and insects. It’s also a cost-effective option that’s widely available and easy to work with. However, it’s important to note that the chemicals used in pressure treatment can be harmful, so it’s important to take proper safety precautions when working with it.
- Mahogany: A dense and durable wood that’s naturally resistant to decay and insects, mahogany has a rich reddish-brown color and a beautiful grain pattern. It’s also a more expensive option than some of the others on this list.
- Ipe: Also known as Brazilian walnut, ipe is an extremely dense and durable wood that’s resistant to decay, insects, and moisture. It’s also a beautiful wood with a rich brown color that weathers to a silver-gray patina over time.
Do I still need to apply a protective sealant on wood meant for outdoor use?
Yes! You should always apply a protective sealant to any outdoor wood project. It will help protect the color and finish of the wood for a longer period of time.
How To Make An Outdoor Chevron Coffee Table
The last outdoor project I built with torched cedar was in May and it’s been holding up so well! I’m also a sucker for a good chevron project. So, I wanted to combine those two elements and make a new outdoor table for my parents’ yard.
Here’s how I completed this build in one weekend!
What you’ll need to make a DIY outdoor chevron coffee table:
Step 1. Cut your 2 x 2 boards into the following pieces:
(4) Legs @ 17 ¾”
(4) Long Frames @ 37″
(4) Short Frames @ 21″
(3) Supports @ 37″
Step 2. Make the pocket holes
Drill pocket holes in the end of your long frames, short frames, and supports.
3. Build the base of the DIY outdoor chevron coffee table
Next, attach your two sides together with your long frames using pocket hole screws and wood adhesive.
Also be sure to attach your supports 6″ apart the same way.
Step 4. Burn the base
Step 5. Clean up
After torching, use a wire brush to remove any char and smooth out torched wood.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as you want until you achieve your desired look.
Step 6. Mark base for placement of top boards
Once your base is prepared, find the center of the top of the base both vertically and horizontally. Mark this using a pencil and a straight edge.
Step 7. Cut chevron pieces
Next, begin cutting your chevron pieces. I’ve found that the best way to do this is to start with two pieces cut to 45-degree angle, place your boards on your base, and then trim it to size later.
Pro Tip: Outdoor wood requires room for movement, so use a spacer in between each row of your design to allow for maximum movement and drainage.
Step 8. Repeat pattern
Step 9. Optional: Add trim
Use a table saw to cut any leftover boards into ¾” border strips. Attach them to the outside of your chevron patterned tabletop using brad nails and wood glue.
Step 10. Sanding
Sand your tabletop making sure to get in between each board.
Step 11. Finish
Apply waterproof finishing.
… and in one weekend of work, you’ve made a table that will entertain family and guests for seasons to come!
There are so many things I love about this coffee table, but what gets me the most is how stunning cedar looks after applying a patina finish with my Bernzomatic torch!
I also love how fun the chevron pattern is – it totally matches the outdoor bar I made for their last backyard!
I’m so excited to see this table get lots of use, especially with warm days still to come.
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