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2×4 Side Table Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about 2×4 side table plans. I have designed this side table so you can build it with just 2x4s and 1/2″ plywood. This side table has a super simple yet elegant design and it features a sturdy frame. You can use regular pine for this side table, or you could invest in weather resistant lumber. You could also cut out a hole in the top of the side table, so you can fit a large outdoor umbrella.

Before starting the actual construction you should study attentively the local building codes, to find out whether you need a building permit and if there are some restrictions for your project. Choosing the right location for your deck is essential, so make sure you check if there will get enough light or if it will add character to your property. Using weather-resistant materials is also important, so buy at least pressure-treated lumber. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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2×4 Side Table Plans



Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17 1/2” long, 1 piece – 17” long, 1 piece – 13 1/4″ long 2xSIDE
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 15 1/2” long SUPPORTS
  • C – 5 pieces of 2×4 decking – 18 1/2” long TOP
  • D – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 18 1/4″x18 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 18″x27″ long PANELS


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




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Side Table made from 2x4s Plans

Building the legs

Building the legs

The first step of the project is to build the legs for the side table from 2x4s. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.



The next step of the project is to lay the legs on a level surface. Use 2×4 lumber for the side supports. Make angle cuts at both ends of the supports and then drill pocket holes. Align the supports to the legs and leave no gaps between the components. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble everything together tightly.



After building the sides you need to install the supports. Cut the supports from 2×4 lumber and then drill pocket holes at both ends. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble everything together tightly.

Fitting the top slats

Fitting the top slats

Attach the 2×4 slats to the top of the side table. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly.



Use 3/4″ plywood for the end panels. Mark the cut lines on the plywood and then get the job done with a circular saw. Attach the panels to the frame of the side table and then insert 2 1/2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the side panels

Fitting the side panels

Use 3/4″ plywood for the side panels. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and then get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails and glue to lock them into place tightly.

2x4 Outdoor Side Table Plans

2×4 Outdoor Side Table Plans

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components to enhance the look of the side table.



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