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DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

08.11.16
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Introducing the Outdoor Slat Coffee Table – the third piece in our new outdoor collection. Not only is it beautiful, but it has tons of storage and the table top features nifty removeable panels. The perfect place to set your drink and store all of the messy kid toys out of sight, so you can actually enjoy said drink a little more fully. Win, win!

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$75-$125
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

SHOP THIS PROJECT //

  • 18 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 3/4” plywood at 2’ x 4’
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15” – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 23-1/4” – End Tops/Bottoms
  • 12 – 1×2 at 23-1/4” – End Slats
  • 4 – 2×2 at 44-1/4” – Front/Back Tops/Bottoms
  • 12 – 1×2 at 44-1/4” – Front/Back Slats
  • 3/4” plywood at 23-1/4” x 44-1/4” – Table Bottom
  • 2 – 2×2 at 2” – Table Bottom Supports
  • 2 – 1×2 at 10-3/4” – Front/Back Slat Supports
  • 1 – 2×2 at 23-1/4” – Long Table Top Support
  • 2 – 2×2 at 21-3/8” – Short Table Top Supports
  • 8 – 1×2 at 13-3/4” – Table Top Short Frames
  • 8 – 1×2 at 21-1/4” – Table Top Long Frames
  • 24 – 1×2 at 21-1/4” – Table Top Slats
  • 8 – 1×2 at 10-5/8” – Table Top Insets

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.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Legs and the End Tops/Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Tops/Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table so that they are hidden once the table is assembled. This step should be completed twice.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the End Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Slats. Place the End Slats to where they are flush with the outside edge of the Legs and spaced 1/4” from each other. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Tops/Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Tops/Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table so that they are hidden once the table is assembled.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Slats. Place the Front/Back Slats to where they are flush with the outside edge of the Legs and spaced 1/4” from each other. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the piece for the Table Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along all sides of the Table Bottom. Place the Table Bottom to where it is flush with the top edge of the Front/Back Bottoms and End Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Bottom Supports. Position the Table Bottom Supports as shown and secure into place with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws – start the screws from the inside of the Coffee Table, through the Table Bottom, and into the Table Bottom Supports.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Slat Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table. Insert 1-1/4” wood screws into the Front/Back Slats to attach them to the Front/Back Slat Supports.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the piece for the Long Table Top Support. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Long Table Top Support. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Short Table Top Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Short Table Top Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Short Frames and the Table Top Long Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Table Top Long Frames. Attach to the Table Top Short Frames as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step 4 times.

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Table Top Slats. Place the Table Top Slats to where they are flush with the Frame pieces and spaced 1/4” from each other. Attach to the Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Insets. Attach the Table Top Inset pieces to the Table Top “Panels” as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.  This step should be repeated a total of 4 times. When set in place, the Table Top Panels will each have a 3/4” overhang past the outer edges of the Coffee Table and will have a 1/4” internal gap between each Panel.

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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