2x4 Outdoor Coffee Table

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Difficulty
Beginner
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Easy to build 2x4 outdoor coffee table using basic tools and beginner techniques.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

Related: 2x4 outdoor sofa (plans here) and one arm sectional piece (plans here)

Dimensions
DIY 2X4 outdoor coffee table
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 80 – self-tapping exterior deck screws, 2-1/2" to 3" long
  • Measuring Tape, Pencil, Eye and Ear Protection, Circular Saw or Miter Saw, Drill with bit to match screw heads, Clamps, Clean level worksurface
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 14-1/2” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 23-1/2” – Breadboard Ends
  • 5 – 2x4 @ 20-1/2” – End aprons, Supports
  • 8 – 2x4 @ 47” – Side Aprons, Tabletop Boards

Instructions

Step 1

Attach two legs to an apron, two deck screws per joint.  Repeat for second leg set.

Step 2

Screw a breadboard end to the top of the leg set built in previous step, attaching to both legs and apron with deck screws.  Repeat for second leg set.

Step 3

Build the table base with long aprons and remaining short aprons, attaching with deck screws.  Center the middle support on long aprons.

Step 4

Raise table support up off workbench on scrap 2x4 boards.  Attach legs to end aprons with deck screws.  Use at least six screws per side.

Step 5

Comments

godsgamepiece

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:27

I just love this! I'm planning to build all of this next week but I wondered if the back was comfortable with the back and arm rests being the same height. 

Rhi

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 08:07

Which penetrating transulcent exterior siding and decking stain did you use? And what color?

I made the outdoor sectional sofa last summer and did not apply any stain...and it's weathered a Michigan winter just fine. But would like to finish it now so it looks more polished (and add some protection). 

About to make this  2x4 Coffee Table to complete the set!

Aaaaand.....thinking of making the outdoor farmhouse table with built in coolers. :)

Love all your content, designs, plans and videos. Keep being awesome!

llitzenb

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 20:58

Very easy to follow plan. Love the finished product. Plan to shrink the length and make a matching end table. Would share the brag photo but I’m seeing Access Denied.

JD_2030

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:47

Hi Ana, we built this table to go with the sectional and we love both. However, after we put the table together all the wood warped/twisted and now one leg sits 1.5 inch in the air.

Do you have any advise on how to fix this problem? One note, we used deck stain to seal it.

Bazmehmet

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 04:53

If the legs are 2" thick and the end aprons are 20-1/2", surely that makes the overall width of the table 24-1/2", not 23-1/2". Or have I missed something?

kay6

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 18:30

3/4” does not work so make sure you space your top boards before you attach.

behindtherabbit

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:53

Made this to match the Outdoor Sofa from the Modern Comfort Collection. I shortened the length a bit to better my space and used pocket holes/screws to hide the screws. Doing this allowed me to omit the extra box frame on the underside of the table. Turned out as expected... Excellent!