DIY Outdoor Coffee Table
Ana White’s site was my first stop to look for inspiration on the outdoor coffee table. This flag inspired coffee table caught my eye. Armed with the inspiration, I designed a basic outdoor coffee table that would also work with the design of the patio set.
Here is the tutorial of the outdoor coffee table I built. And the best part is that it cost me $12 and some change in lumber!
Overall Dimension of the outdoor coffee table is 35″ x 22″ and 18″ high.
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Materials for DIY outdoor Coffee Table
- 2″ x 2″ x 8′ – Total 3 – I used furring strips – about $1.87 each
- 1″ x 3″ x 8′ – total 4 – I used furring strips – about $1.75 each
- Kreg jig
- 2 1/2″ blue kreg screws – These are weather resistant.
- Miter saw or miter box
- 2″ wood screws
- Kreg right angle clamp
- Kreg face clamp
- Wood glue
Cut list for DIY outdoor Coffee Table
- 2″ x 2″ cut at 17″ – total 4 – Legs
- 2″ x 2″ cut at 17″ – total 4 – Short aprons and leg supports
- 2″ x 2″ cut at 17″ – total 2 – Top supports
- 2″ x 2″ cut at 29″ – total 2 – Long aprons
- 2″ x 2″ cut at 29″ – total 1 – bottom long support
- 1″ x 3″ cut at 35″ – total 8 – top slats
How to build the DIY Outdoor Coffee Table
Step 1 – Make all the cuts and pocket holes as shown in the picture below.
Step 2 – Create the side frames using the Legs, short apron and the bottom leg supports. The bottom leg support are 3″ from the edge of the leg. The right angle clamp is such a blessing to make these joints!
Step 3 – Attach the long aprons and create the table frame.
Step 4 – Attach the bottom long support. This is 7.75″ from the side of the leg.
Step 5 – Attach the table top supports. I attached these 11″ from each end.
Step 6 – Fill any visible pocket holes and prime and paint the frame and table top slats. It is best to do this before assembling the table top so that you can seal each surface completely with primer and paint. I used Outdoor primer and Glidden “whisper white” color matched to Behr Marquis Exterior Semi-gloss paint. It is key to think of it as encapsulating the entire set with paint to prevent moisture from seeping in. For the aqua I used Clark+Kensington’s Seaside Manor which I had left over from this rocking chair makeover.
Step 7 – Assemble the table top slats onto the frame. I used 1.5″ overhang on both sides of the slats. The first slat was attached flush on the inside edge of the long apron giving a 1″ overhang in the front of the table. I used a yard stick which was about 1/4″ thick as a spacer between the slats. Sometimes I get so engrossed in the process that I forget to take pictures during the process. Here is a picture I took while I was trying out the spacing while painting the frame. I predrilled holes from the backside and used 2″ wood screws and wood glue to attach all the slats to the short aprons and the supports.
There you have it! The simple outdoor coffee table is ready!
I love how it works with the rest of my rescued patio set and am totally loving the little bit of aqua the two stripes add to the set! We are now ready for spring and barbecues!
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