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DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

I thought my DIY outdoor furniture set was complete, but then I had requests for a matching DIY outdoor coffee table! It was a great idea, so we built one and it coordinates perfectly with our DIY outdoor couch and DIY outdoor chair!

DIY outdoor coffee table with matching DIY outdoor couch

Now we really have a complete matching set of outdoor furniture! I’ve been sharing sneak peeks of this table on Instagram stories while building it, and I’m so excited to share the final reveal today!

A special feature about this coffee table is that it’s smaller than your average size outdoor coffee table since we built it to go with the matching DIY outdoor couch which is a loveseat size.

The final size of this DIY outdoor coffee table is 16″ tall x 17.5″ wide x 42″ long.

Just like the chair and couch, this coffee table is really cheap to build, and costs about $20 in lumber!

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How to Build a DIY Outdoor Coffee Table:

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1. Make lumber cuts for outdoor coffee table

Click here for the printable build plans of the cut list and building steps!

Use a miter saw and make the following cuts from the 2x3s 

  • 6 pieces @ 14 1/2″

Make the following cuts from the 2x3s with 45 degree mitered cuts:

  • 2 pieces @ 42″ from long point to long point
  • 2 pieces @ 17 1/2″ from long point to long point

board cuts from the 2x3s with 45 degree mitered cuts

2. Assemble the top frame of the coffee table

Use a Kreg Jig and add one pocket hole on each side of the 2 boards at  17 1/2″.

Because these boards were cut with a 45 degree angle, they are only wide enough to fit one pocket hole that doesn’t show on the side of the board. So, when drilling the hole for each one, make sure to line the board up carefully with drill hole B on the Kreg Jig as shown in the photo below.

Use a Kreg Jig and add one pocket hole to angled short board

Next, add waterproof wood glue between one 17 1/2″ board end and one 42″ board end.  Then, clamp them down together to your work surface.

Use a brad nailer and 2″ brad nails and nail through the two boards together. Make sure to stay away from where the pocket hole screw will be going through.

Use a brad nailer and 2" brad nails and nail through the two boards together

Finally, add a 2 1/2″ outdoor Kreg screw into the pocket hole.

Repeat these steps on the other three sides to complete your outdoor coffee tabletop frame.

Tip: Don’t screw the Kreg screws in super tight because that can cause the board frame to not sit flat if the table isn’t perfectly square.

Assembled top frame of the coffee table

3. Add slat boards to the tabletop frame

Measure the exact distance between the side frames and cut three 1x4s to this size. The measurements should be 37″ but since we’re working with framing lumber, they may be slightly different.

Add two pocket holes to each end of the 1×4 boards. Make sure to adjust your Kreg Jig settings for 3/4″ thick wood.

Also, at this point if you want to make the staining process easier, go ahead and stain the 1×4 slat boards before attaching them to the tabletop frame. I forgot to do this and it took some extra time to stain between the slat boards at the end.

The slat boards should be attached with 1/2″ spacing between each of them on the table top, so go ahead and mark on the side boards where to attach them. Then, attach with 1 1/4″ outdoor Kreg screws at those marks.

TIP: Put a popsicle stick (or wood shim) under your slat boards when attaching them to the frame, otherwise they may stick up slightly above the 2×3 framing lumber frame once you flip the tabletop over. You can see me doing this in the video above.

Slat boards added to the outdoor coffee table top frame

4. Assemble DIY outdoor coffee table legs

Use a Kreg Jig and add two pocket holes on both sides of two of the 14 1/2″ boards. Make sure to add them on the side edges as shown in the photo below so that the holes will be hidden. We had to use a clamp to hold the boards in place on our Kreg Jig in order to drill them into the 2×3 side edge.

adding pocket holes to table leg board

Mark 3.5″ up from the bottom of one of the 14 1/2″ boards.

Attach the board with pocket holes at this mark perpendicular and flush with the edge using 2 1/2″ outdoor Kreg screws. Repeat on the other side with another 14 1/2″ board to form one of your table legs.

attaching table legs together with pocket holes and screws

Repeat these steps again to create a second table leg. Now the table legs look like a mini version of the sides of the matching DIY outdoor couch and DIY outdoor chair!

Assemble DIY coffee table legs

5. Attach table legs to the tabletop

Attach one of the tabletop legs to the table top with waterproof wood glue and a 2 1/2″ deck screw. Make sure they are countersunk beneath the wood surface (you will fill them with wood filler later). I used self tapping deck screws that do not require pre-drilling.

Also, make sure to avoid drilling through the area where the other Kreg screw is underneath from when we attached the side frames together, as well as where the 2″ brad nails went through.

Attach table legs to the table top with wood glue and deck screws

Repeat on the other side for the other table leg. And that’s it for the build!

Easy DIY outdoor coffee table build before adding stain

6. Fill holes, sand, and stain the coffee table

The last step is to fill the screw and nail holes with stainable wood filler. Also, finish any needed sanding. For tips on sanding wood, check out my easy guide on how to sand wood. Note, we did sand the tabletop corners to make them more rounded with less of a point.

Finally, stain your easy DIY outdoor coffee table! Just like the matching DIY outdoor couch and DIY outdoor chair, I used one coat of Valspar semi transparent exterior stain in Pine bark. This stain is harder to use because it dries quickly and is more of a paint consistency, so you have to work a little faster.

Also, if you didn’t stain the 1×3 slat boards yet, a foam brush helps to get between the slats for staining.

staining between wood slats with a foam brush

See my tutorial on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish and the best way to apply stain!

I’m so happy we added this cute, matching coffee table to our DIY outdoor furniture set. I didn’t realize how much we needed it until now! And it’s perfect for smaller outdoor spaces too! It was tough to photograph though because of our small sunroom!

DIY outdoor coffee table

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DIY outdoor coffee table with matching DIY outdoor couch

 

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Cecelia Morgan

Friday 22nd of May 2020

My husband used your plans to build a sofa, table and chair, saving us a lot of money on outdoor furniture. Thank you!

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

That's awesome!!! I'm so happy to hear that and that the plans were helpful :)

Kenzie

Friday 15th of May 2020

Love this whole set thanks for sharing. I actually would love to Make a dining table from this plan. Do you think for a bigger scale this type of tabletop would need supports on the underside?

Angela Marie Made

Monday 18th of May 2020

Thanks! Yes if you made a dining table, I would add side aprons and bottom supports under the table top from one side apron to the other.

Megan

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Going to hopefully build the whole set this weekend. Now we need a matching lounge chair!

Angela Marie Made

Thursday 14th of May 2020

So exciting! Yes that would be a fun addition!

LaRaysa Smith

Monday 11th of May 2020

I don't see the pdf plans to build this table. Will you also make a side table?

Angela Marie Made

Monday 11th of May 2020

I will try to get them added soon!

Melissa

Saturday 9th of May 2020

YAY!!! We built the couch and chair as our quarantine project and have re-discovered our screened in porch. I told the hubby that it needed a coffee table next. So excited - off to Home Depot....again!

Angela Marie Made

Monday 11th of May 2020

I'm so excited to hear that :)

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