Outdoor Coffee Table
Our 2x4 outdoor sofas have been wonderful. I love them so much, I had to make a matching outdoor coffee table. This coffee table is just 2x4s, and all you’ll need to build it is a drill and a saw.Click here to download Ana White's project plans for this How-To!
STEP 1: I prestained all of my 2x4 boards on sawhorses outside. I like to prestain outdoor projects especially if they are slatted, creating difficult to reach areas, and because I can stain all sides of every board, further protecting joints from the weather and moisture.
This stain is a translucent penetrating deck/fence stain. It soaks into the wood for deep protection. To keep up with protection, you just have to reapply a coat about every 5 years. No sanding, stripping, just brush on over the existing coat.
STEP 2: All of the cuts in this project are simple square cuts. A compound miter saw is the fastest and easiest way to make cuts, but a circular saw with a square and clamps can be used as well.
STEP 4: Screw a breadboard end to the top of the leg set built in previous step, attaching to both legs and apron with 3” deck screws.
STEP 5:Build the table base with long aprons and remaining short aprons, attaching with 3” deck screws. Center middle support on long aprons.
STEP 6: Raise table support up off workbench on scrap 2x4 boards. Attach legs to end aprons with 3” deck screws. Use at least six screws per side.
STEP 7: Flip table over and lay remaining boards on top. Attach outside tabletop boards first, all edges flush on outsides.
STEP 9: Attach tabletop boards to supports with 3” deck screws. Do not overdrive screws. TIP: Attach in pattern for a more attractive tabletop.
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7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
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