How to Build an Outdoor Wooden Side Table Out of 2x4's




Introduction: How to Build an Outdoor Wooden Side Table Out of 2x4's

Hey Guys!

So I wanted to add another piece of furniture for my outdoor furniture set. So this time I'm building an outdoor side table out of 2x4's and a 6$ patio stone.


- [1x] Patio Stone ( 12x24 ) Buy this at the big box store.

- [2x] 2x4x8

- Construction Adhesive

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

I'm using my miter saw to cut all the 2x4s to the right length. ( You could also use a circular saw ). Here's the cut list.

Step 2: Assembling the Frame ( PART 1 )

First step is to assemble the front and the back of your table frame. To do so, I put some glue on both end of the 16.5" pieces, then I clamp them to two 20" pieces. I don't use any pocket holes for this build, but because I still want to use some screws, the glue will help me for the next step.

And the next step is to drill two 2½ GRK screw on both end of the 16.5" 2x4's at a 45° angle. The GRK trim head help give a clean finish look, with a minimal effort. I highly recommend those screw, but otherwise you could also use regular deck screw, but the head won't give a nice finish like the GRK ones.

Step 3: Assembling the Frame ( PART 2 )

Now we assemble both parts we just made in the last step. So to connect the frond and the back of our frame, i will add four 8"¾ long pieces using some wood glue and GRK screws at a 45° angle.

Step 4: Assembling the Frame ( PART 3 )

Last step is optional but. I add a center piece to make sure the legs will stay straight and won't warp over time. Again, I use the same process with the last 16.5" 2x4, glue + GRK trim screw at a 45° angle.

Step 5: Sanding

Sanding using #80 grit sandpaper, I remove all the prints and the imperfections. Then, I use a #120 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface before I apply the stain.

Step 6: Wood Stain

To protect my project, I apply some exterior semi-transparent wood stain. The color is called boat house. I only applied one coat and it seams enough, but anyway I have a roof over my patio so it won't rain on it. Protect your table according to your needs, location etc.

Step 7: Adding the Concrete Table Top

Now, it's time to add the table top. I know it's a DIY project and a lot of persons will make their own slab, so if you want to, you can, but I decided to make this project as easy as possible, so buying a patio stone from a big box store is saving me all the problems of pouring my own concrete, plus the cost. The patio stone is the same price as a concrete bag, but if I was going to pour my own concrete, I would need to add some cost for the moulding frame, maybe rebar, and it's time consuming. So finally, a 6$ patio stone was a better option for a small project like that.

It's a 12x24 patio stone, but real dimension is 11¾ x 23½

I put a bead of PL premium around the perimeter and I put the patio stone on it. No need to add some weight on the stone. the weight of the stone itself ( 33lbs ) is enough.

Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry, and enjoy your new side table! :)

Step 8: Thanks for Watching! :-)

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11 months ago

Nice easy project, good to see you glued the stone down. I did find your Youtube pic funny though... $6 patio stone... my first thought was "and $25 worth of 2x4s!". Thankfully lumber prices are coming down again.


12 months ago

Great nice table


12 months ago

Very doable project. Good point on buying the patio stone. Besides saving time and money, you also have so many more options to get different colors and patterns, with no extra effort.