Bristol Outdoor Side Table

Don’t you just love it when a project turns out exactly how you want it to?  That’s how I feel about this side table.  The entire build took me less than 2 hours, and that’s including planing all of the lumber.  Super quick, super easy, super modern… why would anyone pay $625 + shipping for the Belvedere Side Table from Restoration when you can build it for about $25?

For my side table, I used cedar, and the wood was just so beautiful that I left it unfinished.  Since cedar is naturally bug and rot resistant, this table will last for many years without any paint or sealant.  Hopefully my mom will enjoy quite a few cocktails on this side table while lounging on her patio in her Bristol Lounge Chairs!

Estimated Cost: $25

Dimensions:

Dimensions as listed above.

Shopping List:

Wood:

1 – 1×3 @ 1 foot long
1 – 1×4 @ 4 feet long
2 – 1×8 @ 6 feet long (make sure that your 1x8s are 7 1/4″ wide. If they’re not, rip them down to that width.)
1 – 1×10 @ 8 feet long (ripped to 8 1/2″ wide. Will now be referred to as 1x9s.)
1 – 2×2 @ 6 feet long

Hardware and Supplies:

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Finishing Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Primer or Wood Conditioner
Paint or Stain

 Tools:

Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Drill
Countersink Bit
Finishing Nailer
Sander
Level
Measuring Tape
Carpenter’s Square
Safety Glasses

Cut List:

4 – 1×3 @ 1 3/4″ – feet
4 – 1×4 @ 9″ – legs
2 – 1×8 @ 27 1/2″ – side (long)
2 – 1×8 @ 22″ – side (short)
3 – 1×9 @ 27 1/2″ – slats
2 – 2×2 @ 27 1/2″ – cleats

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.  Please read through the entire plan before getting started.

Step 1:

Build the sides as shown above with your legs and short side boards.  Repeat this step to build the second side.

Step 2:

Attach the long sides to the front and back pieces that you just built.

Step 3:

Attach feet to the bottom of your table as shown above using 1 1/4″ finishing nails and wood glue.

Step 4:

Add cleats as shown above, leaving a 3/4″ gap above them to allow for your slats.

Step 5:

Add slats on top of your cleats.  So that I didn’t have any large screw holes to fill on the top of my table, I attached the slats using 1 1/4″ finishing nails from the top into the cleats to temporarily hold them into place while I screwed them together from the bottom.

Finishing:

Finish your project as desired.  Make sure to sand it down with medium grit sand paper and fill in all your holes with wood filler before tackling that paint or stain.  For more tips on finishing, visit The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.

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