Bistro Table Plans


This step by step diy woodworking project is about bistro table plans. I have designed this bar table so you can create a nice place in your backyard where you can serve a drink. This table is super easy to build by anyone and it only requires basic tools. As a general rule, we recommend you to invest in durable lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as they also have a nice natural finish.

There are so many designs and materials to choose from, that we really recommend you to spend some time researching the most suitable plans for your needs. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, we strongly recommend you to pay attention to these instructions and to check out the related projects,



  • A – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 30 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 29″ long TABLE FRAME
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×4 – 41 1/4″ long LEGS
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 33 1/2″ long, 9 piece – 26 1/2″ long TABLETOP
  • C – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 44″ long BRACES
  • 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
  • wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
  • 1 1/4″ pocket screws, 1 1/4″ screws


  • Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
  • Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
  • Post hole digger, Concrete mixer
  • Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


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The first step of the project is to build the frame for the table. Cut the components from 1×4 lumber at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then insert 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Build the tabletop for the bar table from 1×4 lumber. Cut the slats from 1×4 lumber, as shown in the plans. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 26 1/2″ long slats. Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats, to create even gaps. Align the edges flush and add glue to the joints.

Fit the 1×4 legs to the table. Align the legs with attention, drill pilot holes through the tabletop and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Lay the tabletop on a level surface and center the frame of the table. Drill pilot holes through the table frame and insert screws to secure it to tabletop. Turn the bar table upside down and drive a few 2″ nails through the tabletop into the frame.

Use 1×4 lumber for the bar table X braces. Make 45 bevel cuts to both ends of the braces. Moreover, you need to make a 1 3/4″ deep notch to the middle of the braces, so you can lock them together.

Fit the braces to the table, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. In order to protect the lumber from water damage, I recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wood chair in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.

You need to take a look over my adirondack bar height bar stools, so you can build matching chairs. This table is easy to build, but it has a very unique character, making it ideal for any backyard.

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