Want the perfect table to go with your Adirondack chairs? Look no further. Hand Tool Essentials offers free plans for you to build your very own DIY Adirondack table. Not only is this the perfect outdoor woodworking project, but your friends will be impressed with the new addition to your patio. The best part is…we’ll help you customize it to fit your own needs! Continue reading as we guide you through building the perfect DIY Adirondack table for your needs.
Adirondack Table Materials
For the top of our Adirondack table, we’ll be using 3 oak stair risers that are 48″ x 7.5″ x 3/4″. These can be purchased at either Home Depot or Lowe’s if you’d like to follow along exactly. With that being said, we certainly welcome you to explore other wood species, lengths, & shapes. Moving down to the optional lower shelf, we’ll be using 2 more of the same 48″ x 7.5″ x 3/4″ boards. Though this shelf is optional, it’s an easy extra step that provides your table with better support.
With the cross members, the ends of the table will be made with just 3″ x 1″ boards. Start by cutting two of the boards in half. If you using an angle top plate to secure your cross members to your table legs, you might be able to save on wood costs by using 36″-long 3″x 1″ boards for this step. In any case, you’ll need at least 16″ for each cross member to reach the table. As for the longer runners, we recommend 3″ x 1″ boards for the top and 2″ x 1″ boards for the lower shelf.
Solid Wood Legs
3″ x 3″ hardwood boards will do the trick for the legs of our DIY Adirondack Table. Since 3″ x 3″ square boards aren’t always available, there are a few different options here. If you feel confident with you joining skills, you can glue 3 boards together that are 3″ x 1″. Depending on how your lumber store does its pricing, it may be cheaper (or more expensive) to go this route. The obvious downside of this option is that it adds an extra step to your project. Another option to consider is looking for square dowels that are in this size. For any lumber store that offers manufactured woods (dowels, molding, etc.), consider this direction before whipping out your glue.
Adirondack Table Dimensions
Assembling the Legs of Our Outdoor Table
Adirondack Table Top & Shelf
The top of our table is fairly straight forward—space the three slats .25″ apart. The .25″ separation isn’t a hard number if you want to deviate in either direction. With that being said, we don’t recommend increasing the gap as items will be more prone to falling through the cracks. For the length, you may certainly explore longer slats to increase the table’s width. This will also allow you to round the ends into curvilinear tips.
On the other hand, the bottom shelf is a bit more particular. We trimmed these boards down to 44″, which is the width of our frame. Thus, the ends of the shelf shouldn’t extend beyond the posts. In terms of spacing, we opted for .5″ as these types of shelves aren’t generally used for smaller items. If you’d like to change the spacing, be mindful that you’ll need to adjust the shorter cross members as well.
A One-of-Kind Outdoor Table
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