Concrete Paver Outdoor Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:46
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Concrete paver topped coffee table plans by ana-white.com

I have partnered with the manufacturer of GE-branded sealants and adhesives to bring you this post, and have been compensated for my honest opinions.

 

Howdy, folks!

For a few years now, I’ve been hoping to share plans for concrete topped outdoor tables.  But I do like to keep things simple and achievable for most any DIYer, even those with littles helping out (that would include me), so I’ve held off projects requiring  80 pound bags of cement and renting a concrete mixer.

But I was in the home improvement store the other day and noticed concrete pavers for sale for about $3 each.  And I thought, why not use the pavers as the concrete top?  No concrete dust, no heavy bags of cement in the back of my car, no mixing required!

A couple of hours in the workshop …

And, voila! A concrete topped coffee table without mixing concrete!

I still can’t believe how well it turned out!

And the best part, this beautiful, durable (and very heavy) concrete coffee table only cost about $25 to make!

The pavers I purchased were 12” x 12” for $3 each.  I decided to use four pavers to create a coffee table 2 feet x 2 feet. 

I measured the pavers and built a wood base sized for the pavers (plans below). 

The wood base is made of 2x2s – available at most any hardware store for about $2 each (you’ll need four total 8 feet long).  The cut list is below.

I used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes, one on each end of every board except the leg boards.

Once the pocket holes are all drilled, I started assembly.

I used 2-1/2” pocket hole screws to attach the longer 2x2s to the legs to create a leg set.  I repeated these steps to create a second leg set (pictured above leaning up against my worktable).

Then I just attached the remaining longer 2x2s to the leg set to create the coffee table frame.  The shelf slats were then just attached in the same method. If you are only using one pocket hole screw per joint, do use adhesive, as the joint will pivot on the one screw if you don’t.

I then sealed everything up with a penetrating stain. 

Now how to attach the pavers to the coffee table base?  There’s a new adhesive in town, and rumor is it is amazing. It’s called GE Iron Grip* Adhesive .

The big benefit of GE Iron Grip Adhesive is it’s one adhesive that sticks to just about everything.

I also love that it comes with a precision control tip, no gun required!  If you do occasional projects, and don’t want to invest in a gun, or a different adhesive for every project or material you use, this is the stuff.  It works right out of the tube.

And it’s easy to reuse.  All I have to do is let a bit of excess adhesive dry extending beyond the nozzle.  This creates a plug that I can just remove when I want to use it again.  Brilliant.

After applying the GE Iron Grip Adhesive to the top of the table base, I placed the pavers on top of the wood base.

Done!

So easy, so fast, so inexpensive!!!  I’ve gotten tons of compliments already on this table, and lots of “Are you going to build a matching ….. end table, console table, dining table …..”  I may just have to!

I’m so excited about GE Iron Grip Adhesive, too.  So many uses!  Baseboard that you can’t get a nail gun too, a stair tread without ugly fastener holes in the top, countertops … the uses are virtually endless! 

GE Iron Grip Ahesive is also available in a traditional 10.1 oz. tube. If you’re comfortable with a caulking gun, it’s great for larger projects. 

Want to try for yourself?  I’m giving away two (2) cans of GE Iron Grip Adhesive and a $100 gift card to the Home Depot that the manufacturer of GE-branded adhesives sent me to one lucky reader!   

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Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years and older, full giveaway policy here.

Good luck to you, and of course, the free plans for this project are below.  If you build, do share, we all want to see how your project comes out too!

XO Ana

Project plan diagrams, cut list, shopping list follows

 

*Iron Grip is a trademark of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. GE and the GE logo are registered trademarks of General Electric Company and are used under license by Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.

 

 
Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

4 - 12x12 concrete pavers

5 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

28 - 2-1/2 long pocket hole screws

GE IronGrip Adhesive

Penetrating Exterior Stain

Cut List

14 - 2x2 @ 21" long

4 - 2x2 @ 15-1/2" long

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Attach two of the longer 2x2s to the legs as shown with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  Use glue on joints and exterior pocket hole screws if for exterior use.  

Build a second leg set to match.

Step 2

Attach longer 2x2s to the leg sets to create the frame of the coffee table, using pocket holes.

Step 3

Attach bottom slats with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws, hiding screws on underside.

Step 4

Repeat for top supports, only this time place pocket holes facing upward.

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