2x4 Outdoor Side Table

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Build your own outdoor side table with free plans by Ana-White.com


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Out 2x4 Outdoor Collection is a reader favorite!  Since so many of you have built the sofa or sectional pieces, we thought we'd add a side table plan to the collection too.

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All of the plans in the 2x4 Outdoor Sofa collection are available here.

This collection is so popular because:

  • It's easy to build with just straight cuts, a drill and a saw
  • It's all 2x4s, so holds up well and is heavy enough to not blow away in the wind
  • Easy to modify to fit spaces and custom needs
  • Can paint or stain just about any color

We love this little side table, because it's just four 2x4s to build it! It's sturdy enough to hold a plant or even an occasional guest!

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2x4 Outdoor Side Table

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Dimensions shown in diagram


Shopping List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long, cedar preferred, or exterior finished construction grade lumber
  • 50 - 2-3/4" self tapping (star bit) #8 all purpose construction screws (suitable for exterior use)
Cut List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 16-1/2" - legs (or 1-1/2" less than overall desired height)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 24" - top (or desired overall depth)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 21" - leg side aprons (or desired overall depth minus 3")
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 18" - inside frame (or desired overall depth minus 6")
  • 8 - 2x4 @ 17" - top and open side aprons (or desired overall width minus 7")
Cutting Instructions

Cut the longest pieces first to maximize board cuts and fit everything on the four 2x4s.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Clamp all pieces down when attaching.

Predrilling or starting screws first will make project easier to assemble.

If you have a pocket hole jig, we do recommend using it as you can hide all the screw holes.  You can build the top first, and then add the legs and aprons, without having to build the inner frame.


Step 1

Attach the leg side apron to two legs, flush on inside, with two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach top to the legs with three screws, one on each end and one in the middle.

Step 3

Build the inner frame with 2 screws per joint.

Step 4

Attach the inner frame to the legs with four screws, spaced wide appart and angled in different directions for increased strength.

Step 5

Lay the top pieces inside the table and screw down, one screw per joint.



Sat, 04/24/2021 - 13:59

I can’t find 2-3/4" self tapping (star bit) #8 all purpose construction screws. Will 3” ones work?


Sun, 05/02/2021 - 18:54

looks like 3" screws would work. All of the joints are 2x4 shot side to a long side which is 1.5 + 3.5. I may have missed one, though.

Counter sink or predrill might be a good idea, as we do not want to strip the hole and leave the screws sticking out, or split the boards. Tempted to make this for our back yard and a 2 yr old to use near our lounge swing.


Wed, 06/30/2021 - 15:39

even through the edge, a #8 screw wont split it (unless its a really bad 2x), now you go to a 10 or 1/4 in then we have a talk. 3" are fine as well, its like when they call out a 2 5/8 something, 2 1/2 will work just fine. Rule is 50% of the thickness of the board under screw threads will hold until the wood rots around the fastener :D


Thu, 08/04/2022 - 07:49

As a retiree with plenty of time, I decided to pick-up woodworking with a help from a friend and YouTube.
I'm happy to say due to your inspiration, videos, and plans I've made two outdoor side tables, a coffee table, and a bench for our new deck using the leftover lumber.
Quite an accomplishment for me since I've never done anything like this in my life.
Now I'm watching your YouTube for more ideas and inspiration! Thank you and God bless.