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 for 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!
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:
(11) 2 x 2 x 4′ Cedar Boards
(6) 1 x 6 x 8′ Cedar Boards
Water Resistant Wood Adhesive
1 ½” Stainless Steel Brad Nails
2 ½” Exterior Pocket Hole Screws
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″
2. Drill pocket holes in the end of your long frames, short frames, and supports.
3. Begin building your table frame sides by attaching the short frames to the legs with pocket hole screws and wood adhesive.
4. Next, attach your two sides together with your long frames using pocket hole screws and wood adhesive.
5. Also be sure to attach your supports 6″ apart the same way.
7. After torching, use a wire brush to remove any char and smooth out torched wood.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 as many times as you want until you achieve your desired look.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Keep repeating this until you’re happy with your pattern. Attach each board using exterior wood adhesive and stainless-steel brad nails.
12. Optional: Use a table saw to cut any leftover boards into ¾” border strips. Attach them to the outside of your chevron partnered tabletop using brad nails and wood glue.
13. Sand your table top.
14. 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 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 them 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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