Build an Outdoor Coffee Table, Hamptons Outdoor Table Collection

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:00
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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.

Overall Dimensions are show above.


Shopping List

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)
Waterproof sealant

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

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)

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


Step 1

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.

Step 2

Legs. Build your legs as shown above.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Side Aprons. Fasten the side aprons in place as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Bottom Shelf Supports. Fasten the bottom shelf supports as shown above to the legs.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Bottom Shelf Aprons. Cut and fasten the bottom shelf aprons as shown above. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws.

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Yolanda (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:24

Holy wow! We ask and boy do you deliver. Outdoor furniture! Yay! And this is so clean-lined and gorgeous.

Qycone (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:25

It is a cold rainy day here, but nothing like where you are. I am so excited about this outdoor furniture. I just moved into my first house last year, and love my backyard. I didn't get to enjoy it last year because there was no place to sit and no money to buy furniture. I want to get started on this gorgeous piece right away, but first I have my eye on a couple of the rolling cubbies. Just have to get my boyfriend to go to the lumber yard with me! Maybe if the rain lets up, I can talk him into going tonight. I can't wait to see what you show us to go with this table! Keep up the wonderful work! It is very exciting to those of us following along.

offtoworkigo (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:38

Excellent! I totally need this...and it's beautiful!

Now all I need is a small outdoor bistro table and my patio is complete.

Ana, you rock!

Heather (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:48

YAY! I can't wait to build this for our patio I'm planning to make with pavers this spring! If it'd ever stop raining and warm up long enough that is...

Lianna (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 11:03

Gorgeous! I was thinking of using the modern harvest table plans for an outdoor table. Thanks so much Ana for the coffee table plans!

Debby H (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 11:30

Love it! Love it! Love it! I hope the couch bases are coming soon!
Of course, I would expect no less from my favorite blog! I share your site with everyone! I think my friends are tired of hearing about it! Now, I just need to actually make something! I have mygarage cleaned out and ready to build!

Thanks! for all the inspiration!

Carrie (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 12:52

Just love it. We have just started building a patio so will soon have a space to put this table. Please please please do plans for the seats.

Joni (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 12:56

Let me just say that YOU are amazing! This table is just perfect! We are furnishing the patio and deck this spring/summer and THIS is perfect! Cannot wait for more awesome plans!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!