This patio end table goes well with my other inexpensive patio furniture. It complements the coffee table located in the outdoor furniture plans section on this site. I built this one mostly out of left-over lumber from my patio cover project.
I used western red cedar to construct my table, but you can use any lumber that you choose. I recommend a material that is suited for exterior use (like cedar, redwood, or pressure treated pine). Here is a list of the parts and sizes that you will need:
|Lower Surface (support)*||2x4||14" (+/-)||2|
First, cut the four framing pieces to the lengths indicated in the table. The lengths assume that you are going to miter the joints, that is, cut them at 45 degree angles. The measurements are long-point to long-point.
Position the legs inside the frame as shown in the diagram(s). Use a square to square them with the frame and secure them with 2.5" galvanized deck screws.
|Frame assembled with one leg attached|
Before cutting the horizontal supports (c), measure the distance (d) between the legs after they have been attached to the frame. Use this measurement for the length of the horizontal supports (c).
|End Table with legs attached (shown upside down)|
Once the frame has been assembled, and horizontal supports (c) have been added, cut and screw in the top surface boards. Center them on the assembled frame and space them approximately 1/8" apart. Add the remaining lower surface boards. Use the two diagrams below for reference.
|Patio end table - Side view|
|Patio end table - End view|
I hope you have fun building this and other wood outdoor furniture projects.
By the way... In case you are wondering what's on top of the table in the picture above, it is the feet of a metal duck. I wired his feet to the table top so that wind wouldn't keep blowing him over... :-)