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Modern Outdoor Side Table – Free DIY Plans

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This step by step woodworking project is about modern side table plans. I have designed this modern outdoor side that goes perfectly with my other project with similar style (double chair bench, chair and footrest). This side table makes for a perfect addition to any patio, deck or pergola. Make adjustments to my plans so it suits your needs and budget. See all my woodworking plans HERE.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the bench won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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Modern Outdoor Side Table Plans – Free DIY Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 16 3/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 23″ long, 1 piece – 11 1/2″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 18 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 11 1/2″ long TOP FRAME
  • D – 6 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 16″ long TABLETOP

  • 1 piece of 2×3 lumber – 8′
  • 3 piece of 1×3 lumber – 8′
  • 1 5/8″ screws
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • filler, glue, stain


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day



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How to build a modern side table



The first step of the project is to build the legs for the outdoor side table. Use a circular saw to make the angle cuts to both ends of the legs.



Use 1×3 lumber for the side braces. Use a saw to make the angle cuts and then lay all the components on a level surface. Align the edges with attention and drill pilot holes through the braces. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the braces to the legs.

Fitting the middle supports

Fitting the middle supports

The next step of the project is to lock the sides of the side table together. Therefore, drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the middles of the side braces. Insert 1 5/8″ screws and make sure the corners are square.

Tabletop slats

Tabletop slats

Attach the 1×3 slats to the top of the side table frame. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats, so you can create even gaps. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Modern outdoor side table plans

Modern outdoor side table plans

Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain on the outdoor side table, so you can protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the project. Check out the double chair bench, the modern chair and the footrest.

Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden project from decay, I recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. See my other woodworking projects HERE.



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