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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

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      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

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      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

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

    4. Step: 4

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      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

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      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

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      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

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

    8. Step: 8

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

    9. Step: 9

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      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
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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
    Huge 93629674 07cf 4f0f 8ff8 c35c78180d1a

    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
    Huge 2e339760 a98f 4e18 9ebe dcc5535f3dfe

    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
    Huge dde53adc eb3a 4f0d b406 7ea4a19db728

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

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 4816b4c7 7ceb 48a4 96e7 2e362ecc30e1

    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
    Huge 2caf47cb 91cb 43d7 ab8d 59c1ffde8836

    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
    Huge f9c22193 6ecf 4d1a ad65 70ad0fc1bbe9

    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
    Huge c43340f9 af0e 415b 81bf c5ca8d06a48c

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

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 44f281ca 8198 4ec4 872c d100e19ad828

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

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 8e9ae621 8849 4b7d b662 e2f794b02466

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