- 4 by 8 feet 1/2-inch sheet of high-quality smooth-finish plywood
- 3 6-foot 2-by-4 boards
- 2 6-foot 4-by-4 boards
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw
- Wood stain or paint
- 1 1/2-inch wood screws
- 2 1/2-inch wood screws
Pub tables are perfect for a casual eating area or next to a pool. They are a foot or two higher than regular tables, and allow guests to gather around with a small plate of food and a drink. Building a small 3-foot by 4-foot wooden pub table is a fairly simple task. All that you need are a few carpentry tools, plywood, wood stain or paint, and hardware.
Cutting the Pieces
Draw out a 3-by-4 foot rectangular piece from the plywood for the top of the table. Cut out this piece with the circular saw.
Now saw two pieces of the 4-feet long 2 by 4.
Cut three pieces of 2 by 4 that are each 2 foot 9 inches.
Next, saw four pieces measuring 3-feet from the 4 by 4s for the legs of the table.
Sand all the rough edges of the cut wood. Apply wood stain or paint, and allow it to dry.
Assembling the Table
Construct the frame for the table using the five sections of 2-by-4 boards. Place the two 4-foot sections on edge parallel to each other 3 feet apart. Position two of the 2 foot 9-inch sections between them to form a rectangular frame. Fasten together all four sections by driving two 2 1/2-inch screws through both ends of the 4-foot sections into the shorter ones.
Add the center support beam. Put the other 2-foot 9-inch 2 by 4 on edge, running through the center of the frame perpendicular to the 4-foot sides. Attach this section to the frame by driving two 2 1/2-inch screws through the 4-foot sides of the frame into each end.
Align the plywood table top over the frame. Drive 1 1/2-inch screws through the plywood every 6 inches all the way around the edge into the frame, including the center beam.
Flip the finished portion over on the top of the table and attach the four legs. Sit one 4-by-4 piece on end against each inside corner, and drive two 1/2-inch screws through the frame into them. Use two screws on both sides of the frame that each leg touches.
Stand table up on the legs. Drive a 1 1/2-inch screw through each corner of the table top into all four legs for extra support.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- WARNING : Be cautious when using power tools.