This rustic coffee table came about because of an outdoor building challenge from some DIY blogger friends. Be sure to check out their projects at the bottom of this post.
It is time for fun building challenge! This month our friend Katie at Addicted 2 DIY is hosting this Great Outdoors Challenge!
My neighbor and I spent a couple of months putting up a new diy picket fence built from scratch. yep, every board cut by yours truly about three times. I wanted to show you where I got the legs for my outdoor rustic coffee table. They were the scraps that were topped off the front arbor.
Scrap lumber for rustic coffee table
This is where they landed—and they were the perfect size for my new outdoor rustic coffee table.
I also had some 2×4’s left over in this pile.
And these? Pickets that were cut too short.
Here is my cut list:
4×4 16” long (4)
2×4 30” long (2)
2X4 10” long (2)
1×4 38” long (ripped in half)
1×4 14″ long (11)
Basic build for coffee table
This is the dry fit of all the pieces to see how they go together.
Mark lumber for pocket holes
I mark my boards for the pocket holes so I don’t get confused as to where they go. (been there, done that)
Drill pocket holes
I drill the pocket holes in the two 10” side skirt pieces.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
You can see where the pocket holes are drilled.
I used these blue (outdoor) Kreg pocket hole screws.
Easy assembly with pocket hole screws
This is the base of the outdoor coffee table.
I ripped the 38” 1×4 in half to box in the 1×4 slats.
How to build rustic coffee table
You can see here on the dry fit that I laid the ripped 1×4 on either side of the picket planks. Also notice that I had to rip one of the planks (the middle one) in order to get the planks to fit the length of the table.
Now it’s time to secure the planks.
While the plank boards were in the dry fit stage I marked the sides that were less desirable for pocket holes.
I used a Kreg Jig Clamp to hold the planks in place in order to secure them with the screws.
Sand table top
I sanded the table top smooth with my Ryobi cordless orbital sander.
More pocket holes to attach table top
In order to attach the table top to the base, I drilled more pocket holes around the skirt of the table base.
You can see where I secured the table top to the table base with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws.
I did a little more sanding on all of the table legs, top and skirt. It’s ready for some stain!
Stain rustic coffee table
I used Minwax Special Walnut stain and a cheap chip brush on the entire table.
Seal with Polyurethane
After allowing the stain to dry overnight I applied some Minwax Fast Drying Poly using a chip brush. You can see that I didn’t fill any of the pocket holes, not an issue for me.
This Pottery Barn knockoff rustic coffee table was a fun and FREE project using scrap wood. My only cost were the screws.
Here’s my inspiration for the table.
More awesome outdoor projects
Be sure to visit my friends to see their awesome outdoor challenge projects.
Now it’s your turn! If you have an awesome outdoor project to share that you built using wood, metal, concrete, etc–link it up!