Adirondack Outdoor Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:43
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Free plans to build an Adirondack coffee table - this is out simplest plan!  Just cut and screw together - no nails, no pocket holes!  

Also check out our Outdoor Finishing Guide and all our Outdoor Furniture Plans.

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outdoor coffee table with wood stained top and white distressed base

Want to upgrade your outdoor space?  Outdoor furniture can add functionality and beauty to your deck, patio, porch or backyard.

Outdoor Coffee Table Plans

We love this coffee table because it's so simple and easy to build.  Since it's made with 2x4s and off the shelf lumber, it's inexpensive and easy to tackle.  Check out the free plans below.

 

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Dimensions
dimensions diagram for outdoor coffee table
Dimensions are shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

• 3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

• 3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

• 2 1/2” exterior screws

• 2” exterior deck screws or galvanized finish nails (for nailing top down)

Cut List

• 2 - 2x4 @ 44 1/2” (side aprons)* • 3 - 2x4 @ 20 1/2” (end aprons) • 4 - 2x4 @ 15 1/4” (legs) • 6 - 1x4 @ 47 1/2” (tabletop) * *NOTE: I took 1/2” off these measurements to conserve board use. Cut list is correct.

Cutting Instructions

Cut out all boards from cut list. Cut half of the cut list from each 2x4 to get all cuts to fit on the 2x4s.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Attach long aprons to shorter aprons by predrilling holes with the countersink bit and screwing 2 1/2” exterior screws into predrilled holes. Take a second to check for square by measuring diagonally from corner to corner and adjusting so diagonal measurements are the same.

I recommend adding an additional 2x4 support (20 1/2" long and in cut list) to the center - attaching exactly as you do the end aprons.

Step 2

Clamp legs to frame and predrill 4 holes (in pattern for a better looking product) to the apron.

Step 3

Drill two holes with countersink bit on each end of each board, 2 1/4” in. Attach through predrilled holes with deck screws and exterior wood glue.

Alternatively, you can use glue and galvanized finish nails

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

amf699

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 05:37

The collection looks excellent. I cannot wait to start building it.

One note on the cut list, it looks like you should have 3 end aprons and 2 side aprons, it is listed the other way around.

cpoore

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:56

I need a fairly narrow outdoor table to use near the BBQ. If I modified this table to be 8 feet long and about 3 feet high, would I need to add any additional support in the center, or are the legs strong enough as is?
Thanks!

danjohannesen

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:35

Hi Ana
I wanna try making a table like this, but i wanna do the joints with dowels, cause i got this bag of ½ x 4" dowels will it be strong enough if i use an outdoor glue?

dryphi

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 17:30

Note that you can actually do this with two (2) 2x4s if you fore-go the middle (end) apron. I was confused by the note underneath but the way this would break down is as follows:

1x44.5 + 1x20.5 + 2x15.25 = 95.5". Each 2"x4"x8' board is 96" long so that leave 1/2" excess for the saw blade.

 

I'm considering making something similar using 2x2s and 1x2s for my living room actually.

dryphi

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:00

Note that you can actually do this with two (2) 2x4s if you fore-go the middle (end) apron. I was confused by the note underneath but the way this would break down is as follows:

1x44.5 + 1x20.5 + 2x15.25 = 95.5". Each 2"x4"x8' board is 96" long so that leave 1/2" excess for the saw blade.

That said, if you have the extra 2x4 lying around, go ahead and add it as Ana suggested. You just can't quite "cut half" of three boards as her comment indicates ;)

 

I'm considering making something similar using 2x2s and 1x2s for my living room.