I’ve teamed up with Kreg Tool Company to show you guys and gals how to make an outdoor side table that will stand out and set your porch apart! This is a great intermediate skill level project that uses all solid wood and multiple joinery techniques. I hope y’all enjoy this project as much as I did!
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Here are the tools and items I used for this project:
Materials & Products
Tools I Used
- ISOtunes Pro
- RZ mask M2
- Table saw (new version)
- Drum Sander (optional)
- Miter saw
- Bandsaw / Jigsaw
- Router Table
- Rockler double bearing router bit
- Drill (new version)
- Impact driver
- Strap clamp
- Light Duty E-Z Hold clamps
- Parallel clamps
- Kreg Foreman
- Woodpeckers square
- Woodpeckers setup blocks
- Woodpeckers Paolini 6″ pocket rule
- 3/8 Forstner bit
- 3/16″ brad point drill bit
- HVLP gun
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How to Build an Outdoor Side Table
- Rough Cuts
- Jigs and Templates
- Table Top
- Table Legs
- Apron & Braces
- Free Plans
As with all woodworking projects, the first thing to do is lay out your boards, make your rough cuts and start dimensioning material. Making templates of the parts comes in handy here to help determine your initial cuts.
Jigs and Templates
This project is made easier by building a few basic templates and jigs.
I made a template for the outer table top ring, a circle to fit inside that ring, the apron, and lower braces.
I also made a taper cutting jig for the legs along with a jig to cut the curved mortise in the top of each leg.
The table top is made up of an outer ring with several slats glued and screwed to it.
To make the outer ring I first glued up a panel that was large enough to cut the ring from. I used my table top template to aid in this process. Once the glue had cured, I cut it to rough size using the bandsaw and jigsaw.
To cut the ring to it’s final size, I used the router table and a flush trim router bit. For the center slats, I cut them to their appropriate sizes by screwing them to a circular template (spaced according to the plans), rough cutting them on the bandsaw, and then using a flush trim bit on the router table. Next I drilled pocket holes in the end of each slat and secured them to the outer ring with ss pocket hole screws.
The table legs are the single most in-depth part of this entire project. But by breaking down the steps it’s very doable. The first thing is to bring our stock down to size.
With that done I opted to do the most difficult task first. I routed the curved slot in the top of each leg. This slot accepts the apron and needs to be fairly accurate and snug. The easiest way to accomplish this was to build a jig which you can see in the YouTube video.
After routing the curved slot I used a dado stack to cut the notch for the lower braces. Any number of tools can be used to cut this feature if a dado stack if not available.
The final task is to taper the legs which I accomplished using a taper sled.
Apron & Braces
The apron and braces are made by first rough cutting to shape on the bandsaw and then using a template and flush trim bit in the router table to form them to their final shape.
I drill a series of counterbored holes in the apron to attach the legs to the table top.
For the braces, I drill a pocket hole in the each end for assembly.
To assembly the base, I dry-fit everything in place and use a combination of strap clamps and mini E-Z hold clamps to firmly hold everything in place. I use ss pocket hole screws and first secure the braces to the legs. I then flip the assembly right side up and drive screws through the apron into the legs.
With the base complete I center the top on the apron and drive screws through the remaining four holes in the apron into the table top.
We decided on Varathane classic gray to stain the tables and followed up with General Finished Exterior 450 in satin.
As always, if you have any questions, let me know. And until next time, have fun making something!
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