As far as I’m concerned, every meal is better when it’s enjoyed alfresco. This large outdoor dining table’s unique built-in planter box lets you turn even an ordinary dinner into a special event. It’s designed to house a standard 36-in. plastic planter insert,but you could also fill it with a variety of decorative objects or meal accompaniments.
The table is made from standard dimensional lumber and requires only a few hand tools and basic portable power tools to build. It comfortably seats six people, but it could easily accommodate eight. If you prefer to forgo the planter opening, you can simply replace the short narrow top boards with full-length boards — or keep your options open and build an insertto cover the box when you want to have more tabletop space.
The table’s built-in planter box allows you to create interesting centerpieces for any occasion. You can install a 36-in.-long planter insert or fill the box with buckets of cold beverages, a selection of your favorite condiments or a decorative row of candles. When you need more tabletop space, install the optional insert to cover the opening.
Click here to download plans to build the Outdoor Dining Table, complete with step-by-step how-to photos, illustrations as well as shopping and cutting lists.