Free Woodworking Plans to Build a PotteryBarn Inspired Chesapeake Snack Table

05.31.11 By //
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This simple table is a stunner with it’s clean lines and slightly coastal feel! This is the perfect little snack table outside, or with 2 side by side would make a stylish option for a coffee table and is a fabulous addition to our Chesapeake Collection! This piece will literally cost you less than $10 and will come in closer to $8 so you can easily build a couple of them as a fabulous solution for outdoor or indoor use!

Estimated Cost 

Under $25

Dimensions for This Project


Tape Measure



Saw – you can have your local lumber store make cuts for you if need be.

Kreg Jig® (pocket hole system)


1 – 2×2 at 8’

1 – 1×4 at 6’

1 – 1×3 at 10’ OR 2 – 1×3 at 8’ (if 2 furring strips at 8’ are cheaper than 1 at 10’, purchase those)


1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws – Stainless Steel or Blue Kote

Wood Glue – suitable for outdoor use

Sanding Supplies

Cut List 

4 – 2×2 at 17 1/4” Legs

4 – 1×3 at 13 3/4” Aprons

4 – 1×3 at 11 1/4” Top Center Boards

2 – 1×4 at 18 1/4” Top Outside Breadboards

2 – 1×4 at 11 1/4” Top Inside Breadboards


Consider using a specie of wood suitable for outdoor use such as Cedar or Redwood, and if you use a less expensive specie be sure you seal your table well to avoid a premature and untimely death of your piece.

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Cut your Legs to Size: Legs should be 17 1/4” in height.

Step 2

Step 2 

Fasten Together using the Aprons: Create your pocket holes using your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and place them on the outside of each apron for attaching to the legs as well as 2 vertical pocket holes in each apron to fasten the table top in place in a later step. Fasten the aprons to the legs using 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3

Step 3 

Construct the Top: Using your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock you will create pocket holes in the Top Center Boards and in the Top Inside Breadboards as shown below. Fasten together using 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue and space the Top Center Boards 1/4” apart and from the Top Outside Breadboards.

Step 4

Step 4 

Attach the Top: Use 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to attach the top to the aprons using the pocket holes you created in Step 2.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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