Adirondack Stool or End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:52
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This simple Adirondack side table can also be used as a stool.  It's perfect for any outdoor space.  Our free plans include step by step diagrams and shopping lists and cut list.

We also have Adirondack Chair plans and lots more outdoor furniture plans. Make sure you read our outdoor furniture finishing secrets here.

Photo submitted by HurricaneKris

adirondack stools stained a chocolate brown

This little outdoor stool doubles as an end table or side table. 

adirondack end table shown as a stool with children
We love it indoors as a plant stand too!
dimension diagram for outdoor side table
Dimensions are shown above. Standard chair height can be used as seating as well.


Shopping List

2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

1- 2x2 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

Common Materials
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

4 - 2x2 @ 17 1/4" (Legs)

4 - 1x3 @ 9 1/2" (Aprons)

2 - 1x2 @ 9 1/2" (Side Supports)

1 - 1x2 @ 10 1/4" (Stretcher)

5 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2" (Top)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Build two legs sets as shown above drilling Kreg Jig pocket holes for 3/4" stock, and using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

With the remaining 2 aprons, drill Kreg Jig pocket holes on ends and attach to leg sets as shown above. Place pocket holes to insides.

Step 3

Measure up 3 1/2" on all legs and mark. Attach side supports with glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws centered on legs.

Step 4

Follow with stretcher, attached with 3/4" Kreg Jig pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 5

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.


Erin in Fairbanks (not verified)

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 12:32

I didn't win the Kreg jig...can I do this project without it?

In reply to by Erin in Fairbanks (not verified)

Ana White

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 09:44

Hi Erin, darn, I wish I could give everyone a Kreg Jig!

What I would do is swap the aprons and bottom supports for 2x thick boards, that way when you go to screw (use 2 1/2" screws and countersink from outsides) you'll have more "meat" to screw into. Certainly, you can!

Erin in Fairbanks (not verified)

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 09:59

Thanks Ana,

I'll either try it that way, or maybe I need to buy myself a Kreg Jig for my anniversary. :)


Daisies and Crazies

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:17

This is such a cute table. I was just telling my husband this week that Ana White is the all-around perfect woman. Not perfect as in "doesn't make mistakes" but more because you are kind, gorgeous, multi-talented, generous, hardworking, etc.

I really admire and appreciate you. xo


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:50

For an outdoor table such is this one, is it necessary to fill in all the pocket holes on the aprons with wood filler? I just wondered because you say to place the pocket holes to the inside... but if you have to fill them all in with wood filler and sand them even with the board it seems like it would be easier if the holes were on the outside. I'm probably overthinking it but when I made the outdoor harriet table I spent twice as much time sanding the 50+ pocket holes that I filled in with wood filler than I did putting it together.... Was that overkill? LOL Thanks

Pam the Goatherd

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:48

This is perfect! My son needs a little table to go next to his computer desk to hold "stuff". I think I'll make this a little taller and put a shelf at the bottom instead of the stretcher and make the top out of a solid piece of plywood. Should be just what he needs.


Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:06

Hi Ana, I'm a little confused about the Kreg Jig. Is it necessary to purchase the whole system and the mini is just a part of that or can you just purchase the mini and use that by itself?

I am very new to woodworking and absolutely love it! Working on my first Adirondack chair as we speak.

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