Adirondack Stool or End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:52
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This simple Adirondack side table can also be used as a stool.  It's perfect for any outdoor space.  Our free plans include step by step diagrams and shopping lists and cut list.

We also have Adirondack Chair plans and lots more outdoor furniture plans. Make sure you read our outdoor furniture finishing secrets here.

Photo submitted by HurricaneKris

adirondack stools stained a chocolate brown

This little outdoor stool doubles as an end table or side table. 

adirondack end table shown as a stool with children
We love it indoors as a plant stand too!
dimension diagram for outdoor side table
Dimensions are shown above. Standard chair height can be used as seating as well.


Shopping List

2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

1- 2x2 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

Common Materials
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


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

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

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

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

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
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.



Wed, 05/20/2020 - 15:43

I didn't see it either... and I'm working on this project right now! Lol.
My guess is to use the 2 inch finishing nails for the top pieces, since those are on the equipment list but haven't been used in steps 1-4... I'm going to give it a try and we'll see how it goes! Fingers crossed.


Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:24

Hi there! I am new to woodworking and love this little table. Would it be hard to add a shelf at the bottom somehow, over the support? Any tips?

Thank you!


Sun, 07/19/2020 - 10:11

I'm not sure how the top is attached unless I'm missing the directions somewhere. I'll figure something out but for me I'm not sure how they get attached to the base.
Love this starter project to get me back into woodworking. Thanks, Ana!


Sun, 03/07/2021 - 21:14

In step 5, what did you use to attach the top boards of the tabletop? Screws? Nails? No description is given.

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