2×4 Outdoor Coffee Table

by Robert
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Hey there!  This month’s challenge over at Ryobi Nation a fun one!

That’s right – build and share a project for the great outdoors in June, and you could win $ 500 in Ryobi Tools!  

You can share a photo to enter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by including #RyobiNationRocks and #RyobiGreatOutdoors in the text of your post, or you can upload a photo and enter right here.  $ 500 bucks in tools are on the line, you should enter!

And I have just the project for you too!

My 2×4 outdoor sofa (plans here) and the one arm sectional piece (plans here) have been holding up well!  I did apply one coat of penetrating transulcent exterior siding and decking stain to it in a brown tone, and it really made the wood beautiful!  This is such a gorgeous and comfortable piece!

But I found as we were relaxing and using the sectional, we really needed somewhere to put drinks and snacks, somewhere to put our feet up.  We needed a coffee table to match.

So designed a coffee table to match the 2×4 sofa and sectional styling, again using all 2x4s. Again, only a drill and a saw needed – no Kreg Jig required.  Now I love my Kreg Jig to pieces.  It is an amazing tool and I believe everyone should have one.  But I like to do projects too that don’t require a Kreg Jig for people just getting into woodworking, and not ready to invest in all the tools just yet.  If you have a Kreg Jig, you can certainly use it on this project to hide screws as well.

It took me about two hours, counting prestaining the previous day, to build this coffee table.

And under $ 20 in materials!  

It is all kinds of gorgeousness.  2×4 what?!?!

It is a very substantial coffee table, solid and heavy.  The wind isn’t going to blow it away.  

Cushions, that’s another story.  We’ll just say the cushions do keep my FitBit happy and leave it at that.

So, you ready to build?  I’ve shared these plans over at Ryobi Nation as part of June #RyobiGreatOutdoors, so you guys can have more inspiration for building to win that $ 500 tool prize.  Here’s where you can get all the plans:

Let’s see what you got!

XO Ana



PS – Just in case you haven’t heard, our Tiny House will premiere on HGTV this Monday night (June 6, 2016), 9PM EST.  

Should be a fun show, hope you can tune in with us!


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