Free DIY Furniture Plans: How to Build a Nova Outdoor End Table

05.14.14 By //

I hope the weather is finally starting to warm up wherever you happen to live and you have DIY outdoor furniture building on the brain. I know I sure do! My little seester is getting married in July so it seems like there is so very much to do between now and then, and quite honestly I’m not sure how much building I will have the chance to do between now and then. Luckily I have all of you amazing builders to live vicariously through… Yipee for that. This plan is the last piece in the Nova Collection and it has a fabulous secret feature you might not have noticed…because it’s a secret… the lid opens for storage inside! Woot woot!

You know how I love a good storage piece! Especially one that is disguised as a table, it’s a no brainer. We already covered Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Nova Outdoor Sofa, Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Nova Outdoor Club Chair, and Free DIY Furniture Plans on How to Build a Nova Outdoor Coffee Table so we round out the collection and give you guys the whole package! I hope you like it! Xx… Rayan

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

Dimensions for Free DIY Furniture Plans on How to Build a Nova Outdoor End Table
  • 5 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 4 – 2×2 at 19-1/2” – Legs
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 16-1/2” – Bottom
  • 4 – 1×3 at 16-1/2” – Side Slats
  • 12 – 1×2 at 16-1/2” – Side Slats
  • 4 – 1×3 at 18” – Front & Back Slats
  • 12 – 1×2 at 18” – Front & Back Slats
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 18” – Top

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.

Cut the pieces for the legs and bottom. Cut the notches in the bottom using a jigsaw. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the bottom as shown. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4”pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the side slats. Position them with approximately ¼” spacing between them, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Cut the pieces for the front and back slats. Attach the slats to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The slat spacing should match that of the sides.

Cut the piece for the top. Install the continuous hinge to the box, then to the top. Add the lid stays, if desired.

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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