Simple White Outdoor End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 02:05
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About Project

Free simple easy step by step project plan to build a Restoration Hardware inspired end table. Features simple design, slatted top with breadboard ends.

I really feel the silver lining of DIY furniture is in your scrap pile. As any project builder will tell you, what you can make for free from your scrap pile is the sweet spot.

Take this end table. It's built to match the Simple White Outdoor Collection, inspired by Restoration Hardware's Nantucket Collection, and it's made from scraps leftover from the Simple White Outdoor Sofa. For free! Yipee!

And it wasn't until after I built this end table (my very first outdoor end table that I own) that I realized just how useful they are.  Because I tell you, we are spending quite a bit of time on our sofa, and it's nice to have a spot to set your drinks, laptop, phone, or book.
So save those scraps, you might just have an end table in your pile of leftovers.  Freebies rock!
Dimensions are shown above.


Common Materials
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

4 - 2x2 @ 17 1/4" (Legs)
6 - 2x2 @ 14" (Supports and Aprons)
2 - 1x3 @ 19" (Breadboard Ends)
7 - 1x3 @ 14" (Tabletop Boards)

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


Step 1

Build two legs as shown above. You can use the Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" stock and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws or simply use 2 1/2" screws countersunk and wood glue.

Step 2

Tabletop Frame. Build the tabletop frame as shown above. Again, pocket holes or 2 1/2" screws and glue.

Step 3

Attach legs to frame as shown above. Hide pocket holes to the inside if used.

Step 4

For Kreg Jig users - skip to step 6.

Attach breadboard ends as shown above, flush to the inside of the apron. Nail or screw down with glue and 2" fasteners. You could alternatively screw from underside to hide screw holes.

Step 5

Step 6

For Kreg Jig users, set your jig for 3/4" stock and attach tabletop boards to breadboards with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 7

Then use 2" screws to attach base to tabletop, concealing pocket holes on the underside.

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.



Tue, 01/17/2017 - 07:22

I am a novice woodworker, and I would like to build this table (and possibly other projects) using PVC trim boards.  Assuming they come in the correct sizes, is there any reason I could not or should not try this? 


Tue, 01/17/2017 - 07:33

I am a novice woodworker, and was wondering if this plan could be built with PVC trim boards, assuming they come in the correct sizes.  Is there any reason this could not be done?  Thanks,   Mitch