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Outdoor Coffee Table


Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

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.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Step: 3

      Attach two legs to an apron, two 3” deck screws per joint.

    4. 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.

    5. Step: 5

      Build the table base with long aprons and remaining short aprons, attaching with 3” deck screws. Center middle support on long aprons.

    6. 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.

    7. Step: 7

      Flip table over and lay remaining boards on top. Attach outside tabletop boards first, all edges flush on outsides.

    8. Step: 8

      Place remaining tabletop boards in table, spacing about ¾” apart.

    9. Step: 9

      Attach tabletop boards to supports with 3” deck screws. Do not overdrive screws. TIP: Attach in pattern for a more attractive tabletop.

Comments (9)


  • Where are the measurements for the cuts?
    By aubriee, on June 3, 2016

  • Also where did you get the fabulous cushions for the sectional? Love them!
    By aubriee, on June 3, 2016
    • Did anyone ever answer this question?
      By angalexava, on February 16, 2017

  • Thanks for adding the download with the measurements.
    By aubriee, on June 4, 2016
    • I can't find the measurements. Where did you find them?
      By Nancybo, on June 4, 2016

  • I'm soooo looking forward to my first build. Thanks for making this so easy. For those of you looking for the measurements up at the top is a link. Right Below "Outdoor Coffee Table" is the link.
    By crozzby, on June 21, 2016

  • There is a link to the plans with measurements above the Steps section. Love this project!
    By _Stephanie_, on June 24, 2016

  • Why would you stain before making your cuts!?!?!?! Now you have to get the stain out again!
    By Spookypook, on June 26, 2016

  • Hi, Where are the cushions from? Love them!!!!
    By angalexava, on February 16, 2017

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Outdoor Coffee Table

by Ana White
Jun 02, 2016

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.

Project Steps

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Step: 3

    Attach two legs to an apron, two 3” deck screws per joint.

  4. 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.

  5. Step: 5

    Build the table base with long aprons and remaining short aprons, attaching with 3” deck screws. Center middle support on long aprons.

  6. 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.

  7. Step: 7

    Flip table over and lay remaining boards on top. Attach outside tabletop boards first, all edges flush on outsides.

  8. Step: 8

    Place remaining tabletop boards in table, spacing about ¾” apart.

  9. Step: 9

    Attach tabletop boards to supports with 3” deck screws. Do not overdrive screws. TIP: Attach in pattern for a more attractive tabletop.