$15 Bistro Table Building Plans

Building a bistro table is one of the easiest DIY projects you can take on if you’re a beginner level builder. It only takes a couple of tools and bonus: it’s made entirely from 2x4s. For only $15 and about an hour, you can make this cute little table, perfect for a patio or porch or even a small breakfast nook.$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

DIY $15 Bistro Table

Pieces – all cut from 2x4s:

  • 6 pieces cut 22.5 inches long – for top
  • 1 piece 20 inches long (ripped in half – so you get 2 pieces) – for cleats
  • 2 pieces cut 34 inches long (ripped in half to make 4 legs) Cut both ends of each on a 30% angle.
  • 1 piece cut 12 3/8 inches long (ripped in half – makes the center leg support – use second half below)
  • 2 pieces cut 2 3/8 (from second half of the center leg support) – for blocks
  • 10 scrap pieces of 1/4 inch cuts (to act as spacers)

Instructions:

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

First, sand down all of the cut pieces. If you have a wood planer, you can run the cut pieces through to knock off the uncut edge and smooth out the legs/center support.

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

Putting the spacers between each of the top pieces (the 20 inch long pieces) and clamp them together to keep it even.

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

Measuring in 5 inches from the edge, use the cleat pieces to put the top together. Predrill holes and use 2 1/2 inch wood screws to attach it to the bottom.

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

Next, attach one of the leg spacer blocks to the top of the leg. You’ll attach one directly to the cleat, then the other to the spacer. First attach the leg without the spacer. Attach the leg on each side to the cleat, then screw the leg brace between the two legs at 17 1/2 inches from the top of the table to make it center correctly.

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

Then attach the spacer to the other legs and attach the spacer to the cleat and the leg to the coordinating leg.

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

Make sure when you attach the legs, you do it on a level surface to be sure you have them sit properly. Paint the bistro table and you’re done!

$15 DIY Bistro Table - made from 2x4s. Such an easy project for a beginner - only takes about an hour!

If you like this 2×4 project, be sure to check out all of the others below!

 


So many good ideas here for things to build with 2x4s!

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.

Comments

  1. Love it Gina! Once again, you make it look easy. Really beautiful design… love how beefy the top is. You rocked this 2×4 challenge! Thanks for organizing it!

  2. Such a versatile table! I think my back is calling for one of these. Thanks for all the work you put into this challenge.

  3. My deck is calling not my back LOL

  4. So cute! Love the white with the turquoise chairs! Thanks for letting me be a part of this challenge!

  5. Love your table! Thanks for putting this together!
    Debbie

  6. Beautiful job, Gina! Will be pinning for later!

  7. Girl this is awesome. What a great table that could be used in so many ways! Thanks for challenging us in this 2×4 challenge. It’s always fun to see how different all the projects end up!

  8. Love the table! And for $15, you can’t beat it! Thanks for organizing this challenge!

  9. Gina, this is the perfect little table for the patio or back deck!! The colors are great too! Thanks for putting this together, it totally got my butt in gear to learn how to use to power tools! Thanks!

  10. Gina I love your 2X4 bistro table! This challenge was a blast to be a part of. Thanks for letting me play along!

  11. Looks awesome! Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge Gina! <3

  12. Charlotte says:

    Gina, Where in the world did you find the adorable turquoise metal chairs that are in the Bistro Set picture?

  13. Thanks Gina, it’s so cute 🙂

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