Homemade Patio Table with Stone Top

Getting ready for summer, I just finished building a custom patio table.  Our neighborhood suffers from really bad wind so I wanted to build a strong sturdy table that seat 6-8 naturally and can even squish in 10 – 12 as needed (hence the wider approach on the table.

Here is the table frame being built up.  Since it needed to support the weight of proper stones, I needed to make sure that the underlying frame was solid and not just a piece of plywood that would bow and sag over time.

table-frame

I bolted lag bolts from the frame into the footings.  then the frame is comprised of strong ties to hold them together – mainly because that was easier to build the frame.

table-support-joists

Here is the plywood topper.

table-empty-top

Next I added in some additional wood along the edges of the table as a border.  With those in place I added in the tiling backer board and secured it to the plywood underneath.  With the edges and backer board in place I began playing around with tiling arrangements.

table-dry-run

Before I laid the tile I did some staining and sanding.  It tool a while to bring all of the edges from the various layers in line with each other.

table-sanding

Here we have the tiling mortar being applied to the backer board.

table-mortar

With the mortar in place, the tile was laid.  A small amount of grout was applied and a sealing layer added to the stone.

Viola the finished product:

table-all-finished

Sure was fun to build…

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