DIY Adirondack Table Plans Free

DIY Adirondack Table Plans for Free

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

Adirondack Table Top & Shelf Wood

Table Surfaces

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.

Adirondack Table Cross Members Wood

Support Structure

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.

For the long runners supporting the top, the cross members will connect at each leg. On the bottom, the long runners will connect to each of the end cross members. We’ll fully illustrate this in a later step.
Adirondack Table Legs Wood

Sturdy 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

Outdoor Table Frame Dimensions Wood Materials

Assembling the Legs of Our Outdoor Table

For our table’s wood frame, we connected the posts to the cross members with mortise & tenon joints. If you’re not familiar with this style of joinery, a mortise hole is drilled into the post of the table. This pocket is designed to tightly hold the tenon tongue, which is the end of a cross member. Generally speaking, the tongue should always be smaller than the rest of the cross member. For height, we generally recommend at least .75″ of separation between the top of the cross member and the top of the tenon tongue. With any less, we risk breaking the top of the table’s leg. The bottom, on the other hand, only needs about .25″ of clearance.
Mortise & Tenon Joint Table Outdoors
The primary reason for making the tenons smaller is to hide errors in the mortise holes. Since it’s nearly impossible to get a perfectly rectangular mortise hole, the over-hanging lips on a cross member cover the imperfection. On the sides, about .125″ is enough room for error.
Adirondack Table Wood Top Outdoors

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.

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