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Kahikatea Flat Road, Silverdale
Nth Auckland, New Zealand


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Kitset Outdoor Tables

Kitset Outdoor Table

Our outdoor table kitsets can be built by just about anyone using the minimal of tools, and their robust construction will give years of reliable service.

The slatted top means it will not be susceptible to cupping - the small gaps between slats will enable water to drain immediately.

The table frame can also be used to support a natural edge slab as the table top. The strong sub-frame will give the necessary strength to keep a single-piece slab reasonably flat and minimise warping.

Length Width Price (inc. GST)
6 seater 1290mm 930mm $600
8 seater 1890mm 930mm $735
10 seater 2490mm 930mm $900

The timber is dry, clear and dressed macrocarpa, and is supplied slightly over length for final trimming by the builder during the construction process.

All fastening hardware (screws, bolts, washers) is included in the kitset. Outdoor furniture oil is an optional extra.

You will need a drill and a 150mm long 6mm drill bit, construction adhesive, circular saw, and ideally a drop saw.

Below is the cut list giving all the provided pieces for construction:

Select table size:

Quantity Dimensions (mm) Length (mm)
Slats 6 140x45 1200
Cross Members 2 90x45 840
Legs 2 290x45 610
Leg Bases 2 65x45 930
Packers 4 40x20 200
Braces 2 90x45 330
Skirts (side) 2 65x45 1200
Skirts (end) 2 65x45 930
M10x150 galvanised coach screws and washers 6
M10x100 galvanised coach bolts and washers 6
75x14g galvanised bugle screws 4
125x14g galvanised bugle screws 24
100x14g galvanised bugle screws 40
Hex driver bit 1

Watch our YouTube video showing the construction process:


1) The first thing we need to do is take the sharp edges off the timber. Sharp edges can be a source of splinters in the long term. This can done simply using coarse sand paper, or an electric planer held at 45 degrees, or a router with a pencil rounding bit.

2) First we will start with the table top slats:

Diagram of table slat

The slats will be six long pieces of dressed 150x50, which when machined actually measure 140x45. This will ultimately give a table width of 930mm which is quite adequate for an outdoor table. Lay them out on the ground - with the side you want visible face-down - and arrange the boards so any gaps caused by slight curves are minimised. Make sure you keep them in this order for the entire process.

Draw two line marks across all of the slats. The distance between these lines is determined by the size of your table:

  • 6 seater: 1200mm apart
  • 8 seater: 1800mm apart
  • 10 seater: 2400mm apart
Later in Step 7 we will use these lines cut the slats and skirts to length in one cut using a circular saw - cutting to length on both ends of the table once the slats are secured in place later will ensure they are all perfectly even.

3) Now we are ready to cut the two cross members.

Diagram of table cross member

The two cross members are 90x45 and they will be cut to 840mm long and have 45 degree cuts as shown. These are positioned 280mm in from the two cut lines you made in step 2.

  • The 10-seater 2400mm long table has a third cross member in the center for stability. Position this 1200mm in from an end cut line.
Screw and glue the cross members to the slats, using the 125mm long 14 gauge batten screws through the 90mm thickness, and 75mm long 14 gauge batten screws on the 45 degree ends. Using a 150mm long 6mm drill bit (which you may have to buy), drill a 6mm pilot hole right through the 90mm cross member but not into the slats. Try to eliminate any gaps between boards by wedging them across. Small gaps are not an issue as in an exterior situations the slats will eventually shrink slightly leaving a nice gap for water to drain through when it rains.

4) Next we construct the legs.

Diagram of table leg upright

The uprights are two pieces of 290x45 cut to 610mm long. This will mean the table height will be the standard 740mm from the floor to the top surface.

The leg bases are 65x45 and they will be cut to 930mm long and have a tapered cut as shown.

Diagram of table leg bases

On the underside of these we drill three 20mm deep/32mm diameter countersink holes – one in the centre and the other two 110mm either side. We then drill a 12mm hole right through each of these. Using M10x150 galvanised coach screws, screw and glue the leg bases to the uprights. To avoid splitting, drill a 6mm pilot hole into the end grain of the upright.

5) On the underside of the leg bases screw and glue the four packers. These raise the table leg base off the ground to create ventilation, and prevent rocking that may occur with the large surface area of the leg base on its own.

Diagram of table packer

6) Now fix the leg assembly to the table top's cross members from step 3 using three M10x100 coachbolts for each leg. Attach these to the side of the cross member facing the center of the table.
If you are assembling the 10-seater table, attach them to the two outer cross members.

To add extra stability add two short 90x45 diagonal braces to the inner side of each leg using 100mm long 14 gauge batten screws. Drill a 6mm pilot hole right through the first piece.

Diagram of table brace

7) Now stand the table up and screw the 1200/1800/2400mm long 65x45 skirts to the edge of the slats from step 2 using 100mm long 14 gauge screws spaced about 450mm apart. Ensuring the skirts cover the space between the two marks you made earlier. Diagram of table skirts

8) Cut the table top to length with a circular saw guided by a straight edge, along the two markings you made in step 2. You may find it helpful to extend those markings around to the top face of the table before cutting.

9) The final step is to cut and screw on the 65x45 end skirts.

This will give the table a heavier look and will protect the end grain of the slats from cracking. Use 100mm long 14 gauge batten screws, first drilling a 6mm pilot hole right through the first piece.

Sealing the table: To finish your table, seal the timber with Osmo decking oil to protect it from the elements.

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Photos of the constructed table

  • Constructed table

    Constructed table

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    Constructed table

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    Our tables also provide shade!

  • Constructed table & bench seats

    Constructed table & bench seats

  • Constructed table & bench seats

    Constructed table & bench seats

  • Constructed table

    Constructed table

  • Constructed table

    Constructed table

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    Natural edge slab top kitset table

  • Our kitset table and bench seat frames supporting natural edge slab tops

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  • Constructed outdoor table kitsets

    Constructed outdoor tables