How To Make An Outdoor Chevron Coffee Table

 

Steps

  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"
    Miter saw
  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.
    Table legs
  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.
  6. Once your base is assembled, use your BZ4500 Heat Shrink Torch for Large Surface Areas & Bernzomatic Propane Tank to give the wood a rich patina finish.
    Torching wood
  7. After torching, use a wire brush to remove any char and smooth out torched wood.
    Brush
  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.
    Measuring
  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.
    Chevron wood
  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.
    Border
  13. Sand your tabletop.
    Sanding
  14. Apply waterproof finishing.
    Finishing

… and in one weekend of work, you’ve made a table that will entertain family and guests for seasons to come!

What You'll Need


BZ4500HS
BZ4500HS

Heat Shrink Torch for Large Surface Areas

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TX9
TX9

14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder

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Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • Wire Brush
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • Straight Edge/Ruler
  • Speed Square
  • Tape Measure

Materials

  • (11) 2 x 2 x 4' Boards
  • (5) 1 x 6 x 8' Boards
  • Water Resistant Wood Adhesive
  • 1 ½" Stainless Steel Brad Nails
  • 2 ½" Exterior Pocket Hole Screws
  • Waterproofing Finish
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