Introduction: How to Build an Outdoor Wooden Side Table Out of 2x4's
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! :)
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1 Person Made This Project!
- stcall72 made it!