Adirondack Stool or End Table

Free easy step by step plans to make a do it yourself Adirondack side table or Adirondack stool.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

These days, it's not uncommon for me to wonder if perhaps we've taken on too much this summer. You know we are building our mothers a Duplex dubbed the Momplex, while writing a book due out next year, and doing my best to keep up with my dear blog as well.  I am so grateful to have these opportunities, but sometimes we just get so busy, I can't step back and appreciate it.

So I really needed this day.

This day of realizing how big our daughter is, who has grown up so much on this blog.  So many of you have consoled me as a parent, offered advice, told me to let the hair brushing thing go.  Thank you for being there.  Parenting is much more enjoyable when you are okay with "good enough" and I'm wiser from your friendship.
Can you believe our little Gracie can hit a ball, ride a bike with no training wheels, use a measuring tape, and make herself breakfast?  How time flies!
But this day was about letting kids be kids, remembering the enchantment of seeing fish under the dock.
Finding frogs
And not getting too upset when your littlest girl cousin smashes it.
Once, we asked Grace why she loved camping so much.  And she said quite simply, "Marshmellows."  Children really do have their priorities right.  
Then the jokes started.  Isn't he cute?  This is Grace's cousin Braden.
He REALLY knows how to make the laddies laugh.
What a day.  While the kids played, I took photos for the book.  Because for me, it's not just about the furniture.  It's about how the furniture improves the lifestyle of our families and friends. 
I can't show you all the photos - I'm really hoping for a book tour so I can meet everyone in person! - but I brought along some pieces that won't be in the book to help fill the photos.  And this end table is one of them.  It actually is stool height and sturdy, so could be used as a stool too.  
Hope the work that you are doing is impacting your family as positively it is mine!
Shopping List: 

2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1- 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions are shown above. Standard chair height can be used as seating as well.
Cut List: 

4 - 2x2 @ 17 1/4" (Legs)
4 - 1x3 @ 9 1/2" (Aprons)
2 - 1x2 @ 9 1/2" (Side Supports)
1 - 1x2 @ 10 1/4" (Stretcher)
5 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2" (Top)

Step 1: 

Build two legs sets as shown above drilling Kreg Jig pocket holes for 3/4" stock, and using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 

With the remaining 2 aprons, drill Kreg Jig pocket holes on ends and attach to leg sets as shown above. Place pocket holes to insides.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Measure up 3 1/2" on all legs and mark. Attach side supports with glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws centered on legs.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Follow with stretcher, attached with 3/4" Kreg Jig pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

I nailed the top on with 2" finish nails and glue, but certainly, you could drill pocket holes in aprons to attach from underside.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Hi Erin, darn, I wish I could give everyone a Kreg Jig!

What I would do is swap the aprons and bottom supports for 2x thick boards, that way when you go to screw (use 2 1/2" screws and countersink from outsides) you'll have more "meat" to screw into. Certainly, you can!

Thanks Ana,

I'll either try it that way, or maybe I need to buy myself a Kreg Jig for my anniversary. :)


This is such a cute table. I was just telling my husband this week that Ana White is the all-around perfect woman. Not perfect as in "doesn't make mistakes" but more because you are kind, gorgeous, multi-talented, generous, hardworking, etc.

I really admire and appreciate you. xo


For an outdoor table such is this one, is it necessary to fill in all the pocket holes on the aprons with wood filler? I just wondered because you say to place the pocket holes to the inside... but if you have to fill them all in with wood filler and sand them even with the board it seems like it would be easier if the holes were on the outside. I'm probably overthinking it but when I made the outdoor harriet table I spent twice as much time sanding the 50+ pocket holes that I filled in with wood filler than I did putting it together.... Was that overkill? LOL Thanks

This is perfect! My son needs a little table to go next to his computer desk to hold "stuff". I think I'll make this a little taller and put a shelf at the bottom instead of the stretcher and make the top out of a solid piece of plywood. Should be just what he needs.

Hi Ana, I'm a little confused about the Kreg Jig. Is it necessary to purchase the whole system and the mini is just a part of that or can you just purchase the mini and use that by itself?

I am very new to woodworking and absolutely love it! Working on my first Adirondack chair as we speak.

Is there plans for the Adirondack chair to go with this table? I tried to search for it but had no luck finding anything. Please help. Thanks

Hi Ana, I really like the Adirondack stool. I was wondering if you will have the matching chair plans in your book? I like this style of Adirondack better because it looks lighter than your original style. I would love to see a set of plans for the new style of chair. Wonderful web site and keep up the great work.

Hi Debbie 742,
To print out a selected range of pages on a .pdf file:
click 'print' icon (or select file>print)
a "print" dialog pox appears. About 1/3 of the way down under "print range" at the left side of the box, you can key in the page numbers you want to print. (When I tested this it was pages 14-22.)
The 'Preview: composite' section at the right of that box will show you what your printout will look like.
Then you can click "ok" and it will print out just the pages you want.

Hi e3moore1212,

The plan for the chair in the photo is in Ana's book "The Handbuilt Home" on page 174. It's a great book with some wonderful plans and super useful info for building.

She also has several other great adirondack chair plans on this site:

Home depot chair plan:

Ana's Adirondack chair:

Modish Adirondack chair: