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Nesting Outdoor Activity Table



When it's nice outside you want to get out there to enjoy it. If you have kids you want them to enjoy it too. One fun way for the kids to have fun outside is a sand and water table. However, the last thing we want is a bunch of kids toys laying around. That's why I came up with the idea for this nesting outdoor activity table. The sand and water table sliding under an outdoor coffee table and another dry storage container nests into that. All that, nicely concealed under a coffee table. Your welcome!

Click here to download the full plans for this coffee table.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Start by downloading the plans (link above). Then cut all the wood down to size. I opted for cedar because it doesn't require a finish and is resistant to rot and insects.

    2. Step: 2

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      Assemble the sides for each table or box. I used pocket hole joinery but these could just as easily be pre-drilled and screwed together.

    3. Step: 3

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      Assemble each table using the remaining pieces. Again, I used pocket screws as my form of joinery.

    4. Step: 4

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      Place the 40qt storage bins in each of the nesting tables. Know that when the bins are full of sand and water the bottom will sag so you'll want to make sure there is enough clearance for the dry storage underneath.

    5. Step: 5

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      Space the deck boards 1/2" apart. Then, pre-drill and secure the sides to the deck boards with 2" exterior wood screws. The screws should be staggered to help keep the sides stable.

    6. Step: 6

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      Now, you can test out the table to make sure each table or bin fits. Finally, you can place the table where you want it, fill with sand, water and toys and enjoy!

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Nesting Outdoor Activity Table

by Rogue Engineer
Jun 19, 2017
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When it's nice outside you want to get out there to enjoy it. If you have kids you want them to enjoy it too. One fun way for the kids to have fun outside is a sand and water table. However, the last thing we want is a bunch of kids toys laying around. That's why I came up with the idea for this nesting outdoor activity table. The sand and water table sliding under an outdoor coffee table and another dry storage container nests into that. All that, nicely concealed under a coffee table. Your welcome! Click here to download the full plans for this coffee table.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 46ce0a65 1b79 4ec4 bce3 3e56a15b30b6

    Start by downloading the plans (link above). Then cut all the wood down to size. I opted for cedar because it doesn't require a finish and is resistant to rot and insects.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge cfe6afaa 7826 4016 91f2 8c2757b2a018

    Assemble the sides for each table or box. I used pocket hole joinery but these could just as easily be pre-drilled and screwed together.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 3c3a9a83 d37d 4f82 8893 7be34fba0209

    Assemble each table using the remaining pieces. Again, I used pocket screws as my form of joinery.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge c5d6a257 e666 45fa 821a be5f28df2555

    Place the 40qt storage bins in each of the nesting tables. Know that when the bins are full of sand and water the bottom will sag so you'll want to make sure there is enough clearance for the dry storage underneath.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge eef66e2b 4f1a 4150 927c 9048d5774fc2

    Space the deck boards 1/2" apart. Then, pre-drill and secure the sides to the deck boards with 2" exterior wood screws. The screws should be staggered to help keep the sides stable.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge eda23a55 d131 412b 80cc 35bec29cd003

    Now, you can test out the table to make sure each table or bin fits. Finally, you can place the table where you want it, fill with sand, water and toys and enjoy!