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How to Add a Stone Facade to an Outdoor Buffet

Adding stone facing to outdoor tables can be a fun way to create a unique look for a backyard or patio. Carter Oosterhouse shows how to add a stone facade to outdoor tables.

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Step 1: Cut the Plywood Table

Cut the plywood table facing to size, and set it down on a flat surface. Make sure the facing is clear of all dust and debris.

Step 2: Arrange the Stones

Arrange the stones over the surface in the desired pattern. For the top and the sides of the facing, place the stones just barely over the edges. On the bottom, place them right at the edge.

Step 3: Cut the Stones

If the stones are too thick, cut them down to size with a stone saw. Chisel away material so they are about 1/2-inch thick. Using a variety of sizes of stone can create a more natural looking piece.

Step 4: Apply the Adhesive

Once the stones have been laid out, turn each of them over and add epoxy to both ends. Next, add a dollop of landscaping adhesive to the center of the stone (The reason for using the landscaping adhesive along with the epoxy is that the epoxy will set in five minutes, whereas the stronger landscaping adhesive takes 24 hours to set).

Step 5: Set the Stones

Turn the stones over and set them in place.

Step 6: Fill the Gaps

Fill the gaps by adding pebbles. Take some mortar and fill in the spaces between the sandstones.

Step 7: Add the Pebbles

Take a generous amount of pebbles and add them over the mortar, pushing as many of the tiny rocks into the spaces as possible.

Step 8: Add the Pebbles to the Edges

To add pebbles around the edges, hold a beam against the side and place the pebbles. This will give the facing a clean look. Let it stand for 24 hours.

Step 9: Attach the Facing

Once completely dry, attach the facing to the front of the table using 2-inch screws. Insert the screws from the back of the table through to the back of the facing.