Patio end table

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. 

Patio End Table

Patio End Table

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:

Usage Material Length Quantity
Frame Length 2x4 26" 2
Frame Width 2x4 20" 2
Legs 2x4 20" 4
Lower Surface 2x4 25" 3
Lower Surface (support)* 2x4 14" (+/-) 2
Top 2x4 32" 6

*Lumber varies in thickness.  For this reason, these sizes are estimated.  Wait until you have the frame and legs installed so that you can measure the exact size of these pieces.

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.

Patio End Table - Leg Assembly
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). 

Patio End Table - Upsidedown End View
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 - Side view

Patio End Table - End 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...  :-)

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