Put a shine on an outdoor table

Mark Rayner Mark Rayner creates this stylish table with a beaten copper effect.

You will need:

  • 12mm treated plywood cut to the following dimensions:
    • One piece 1200mm x 900mm (for table top)
    • Two 1200mm x 100mm (for the front and back edging)
    • Two 924mm x 100mm (for the side edging)
  • 50mm x 50mm treated timber cut to the following lengths:
    • Four 750mm (for the legs)
    • Two 810mm* (for the side supports)
    • Two 1110mm* (for the front and back supports)

* Measurements are based on 50mm x 50mm dressed timber (true measurement 45mm x 45mm). Always check measurements before cutting timber and plywood to fit.

Also required: Exterior PVA glue, paintbrush, paint roller and tray, 75mm brass screws, 40mm brass screws, exterior filler, sandpaper, drill, screwdriver and set square. Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect, Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene El Salva, Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Nero, Resene Enamacryl Metallic tinted to Resene Copper Fire and Resene Clearcoat UVS protective glaze.

Top tip: Countersink screws for a neater finish

Another idea: Use a similar technique to create matching bench seats – make outdoor seats about 450mm high.

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Step 1 how to buid a patio table

Step 1
Cut timber and plywood to dimensions listed. Sand rough edges. With the set square as a guide, fix a table leg into the end of the front support with two 75mm screws and PVA glue (drill pilot holes first). Repeat with other legs and supports to make a four-legged frame.

Step 2 how to buid a patio table

Step 2
Make sure the frame is squarely aligned as you fix the plywood top to the front, back and side supports with 40mm screws and PVA glue – again, drill pilot holes first.

Step 3 how to buid a patio table

Step 3
Ensure the first leg is at a right angle as you fix the plywood edging to the front support and table leg, using 40mm screws and PVA glue. Work around the table to fix the remaining plywood edging in the same way.

Step 4 how to buid a patio table

Step 4
Fill screw holes and any imperfections and joints in the plywood with exterior filler. Sand smooth when dry. Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to all surfaces of the table and leave for an hour to dry.

Step 5 how to buid a patio table

Step 5
Using an old brush and stippling technique, apply one generous coat of Resene Sandtex to the table top and side edging. Allow to dry for two to three hours.

Step 6 how to buid a patio table

Step 6
Paint the table legs and underside of the table top with two coats of Resene Nero, and the table top and side edging with two coats of Resene El Salva. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 7 how to buid a patio table

Step 7
Using a paint roller and tray, apply two coats of Resene Copper Fire to the tabletop and side edging. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 8 how to buid a patio table

Step 8
Apply one coat of Resene Clearcoat UVS protective glaze to the entire table, including legs. Allow to dry overnight before using the table.


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