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Patio End Table

These patio end table plans provide the procedures for building an end table for your patio or deck.  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

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
Fasteners Deck Screws 3" 70 (+/-)

*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.



Patio End Table - Assembly

First, cut the four framing pieces to the lengths indicated in the table. The lengths assume that you are planning to miter the framing joints.  The measurements are long-point to long-point.

Position the legs inside the frame as shown in the diagram(s).  Use a square to align them perpendicular to the frame and secure them with 3" galvanized deck screws.

Patio End Table
End Table - Detail

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). 

Once the frame has been assembled, and horizontal supports (c) have been added, cut top surface boards.  Center them on the assembled frame and space them approximately 1/8" apart.  Once you have them aligned correctly, screw them into place with 3" deck screws. 

Patio End Table - Side View
Side View


Next, add the three lower shelf boards.  Use the two diagrams (above and below) for reference.

Patio End Table - End View
End View

I hope you have fun building this and other wood outdoor furniture projects. 

Patio End Table
End Table - Completed

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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