Plywood Tabletop Replacement

Give your outdoor table a brand-new shape and size with pressure-treated plywood.
Outdoor Dining Table With Party Decor

Outdoor Dining Table With Party Decor

No matter how small your outdoor space, make it pop with table linens and fresh flowers in look-at-me shades. Set up a beverage station so guests can help themselves, and add cushions or pillows to chairs -- comfortable furniture will entice guests to sit a spell.

Materials Needed:

  • pressure-treated plywood
  • table base
  • tape measure
  • notepad
  • pencil
  • tablecloth
  • wood or metal screws
  • nuts
  • drill
  • drill bit
  • wrench

Step 1: Determine Shape and Size

To maximize seating, determine the proper shape and size for replacement top. Use tape measure to gather dimensions for length and width, then jot measurements down on notepad using pencil.

Tip: Round tabletops accommodate more chairs and are best for conversation; long, rectangular tops are ideal for narrow spaces.

Step 2: Have Plywood Pre-Cut

Referring to dimensions on notepad, have a 4' x 8' sheet of pressure-treated plywood cut to size at local home improvement store.

Step 3: Mark and Drill Holes

Lay pre-cut, pressure-treated plywood on top of table base. Use pencil to mark holes for screws in relation to where they attach to base. Add bit to drill, then drill through plywood to create hole.

Step 4: Install Screws

Using drill, add screws through holes and into table base.

Drill Screws in Plywood to Build Table

Drill Screws in Plywood to Build Table

Using drill, add screws through holes and into table base.

Step 5: Secure With Nuts

Using wrench, add nuts to screws from underneath top and tighten.

Drill Screws Into Plywood Table

Drill Screws Into Plywood Table

Using wrench, add nuts to screws from underneath top and tighten.

Step 6: Conceal Plywood

Place tablecloth atop plywood, ensuring drop edges conceal all four sides.

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