Cocktail Side Table

This handy little cocktail table features simple joinery that has a classic appearance with no visible fasteners. Easy enough to build that you could make several in one weekend for a complete set.

You can also easily adjust the dimensions and fashion a coffee table or even a picnic table, resulting in an entire suite of outdoor tables.

The pocket-hole screws are simple and when combined with waterproof exterior glue, result in a very strong joint that’s invisible everywhere but underneath. Tabletop slats are spaced ¼" apart from each other for drainage, and you can dress up this design by routing chamfers or roundovers on some or all of the slats.

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COST:

TIME: 4 Hrs

SKILL:

Materials

  • (1) 1 x 8 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 4 x 4' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (4) exterior-grade 1 1/2" L brackets and screws
  • Exterior-grade panhead screws (suitable for pocket-hole joinery)
  • (4) nylon glides
  • Waterproof wood glue

Cut List

  • A. (5) 3/4 x 2 x 11 1/2"
  • B. (2) 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 18"
  • C. (2) 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 11 1/2"
  • D. (4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 17 1/4"
  • E. (4) 3/4 x 2 x 13 1/4"

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Miter, hand, or circular saw
  • Pocket hole jig with bit
  • Driver
  • Drill bit
  • 24" bar clamps
  • Hammer
  • Damp rag to wipe up excess glue