Build an Outdoor Coffee Table, Hamptons Outdoor Table Collection
A slatted design coffee table that does not require pocket holes. Solid wood sturdy design, features full bottom shelf and open legs. Uses standard dimensional sized boards.
1 – 1×4 board ( you only need 4 feet)
9 – 1×2 boards (8′ Long) (pine 1×2 boards run about $1 a stick)
10 – 1×3 boards (8′ Long) (pine 1×3 boards run about $1.50 a stick)
2 – 1×4 @ 23 1/2″ (Breadboard Ends)
8 – 1×2 @ 45 1/2″ (Top Supports) (these boards can be fine furring strips, will not be seen)
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″ (Front and Back Legs)
4 – 1×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides of Legs)
2 – 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (Top Side Apron)
2 – 1×3 @ 42″ (Top Front and Back Apron)
8 – 1×3 @ 41″ (Tabletop Boards)
2 – 1×2 @ 21 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 45 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Top Pieces)
6 – 1×3 @ 45 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Top Pieces)
2 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Aprons)
2 – 1×2 @ 42″ (Bottom Shelf Aprons)
Breadboard Ends and Supports. First mark you breadboard ends as shown above on the bottom side. This is important – the end supports will have a different gap than the middle supports. This is correct, just follow the measurements above. Remember that there is a 1 1/4″ inset on the support ends and the outside edge of the breadboard ends. This is shown above. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to fasten in place. Screws are recommended here.
Legs. Build your legs as shown above.
Putting Legs on the Table. As shown above, fasten the legs to the supports. You can use 2″ nails or screws, and of course, glue. You don’t need to fasten through the top. If at the end you want to “beef” up the table, you can screw through the breadboard ends into the tops of the legs.
Side Aprons. Fasten the side aprons in place as shown above.
Front and Back Aprons. Fasten the front and back aprons to the supports, as you did the side aprons.
Tabletop Pieces. The table top pieces are spaced 1/2″ apart. Turn the table over and fasten through the supports into the bottoms of the tabletop pieces to hide your screw holes. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails.
If you don’t want a bottom shelf, you’re done! However, the bottom shelf will strengthen the table considerably if you are interested in a stronger table.
Bottom Shelf Supports. Fasten the bottom shelf supports as shown above to the legs.
Bottom Shelf Boards. As shown above, fasten the bottom shelf boards to the bottom shelf support. Fasten through the underside using 1 1/4″ screws or nails and glue.
Bottom Shelf Aprons. Cut and fasten the bottom shelf aprons as shown above. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws.