How to Build a Side Table
A little over a year ago, Matt and I built a coffee table similar to one found in a high-end catalog. The catalog price was $399 – yikes! We built the coffee table for about $50. Now it is time for matching end tables. The end tables in the catalog run $199 each and we built two of these beauties (yes, two!) that are a tad bit bigger at $30 for the pair!!
The plans for the coffee table can be found here. I drew up the plans for the end tables myself in order to customize the size to fit our needs. The construction method is quite a bit different, also. The plan drawings are at the end of the post. Click on the drawings to enlarge them!
- Four – 2×4 at 8′ (stud length is fine also)
- One – 4×4 post at 8′ (these will be ripped down 3″ x 3″)
- Kreg jig and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
- Stain or paint and sealer
We started by cutting all of our lumber to length with the miter saw. These tables will each measure 18″ x 24″ x 20″.
While I ripped the posts down to 3″ x 3″ on the table saw, Mr. Awesome drilled all of the pocket holes with the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2″ material.
Mr. Awesome sanded all of the pieces before assembly. At the same time, I assembled the table tops using glue, 2″ pocket hole screws, and clamps.
We attached the shorter apron to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Because this piece is so short, we used a close-quarter drill to get into the tight space.
Next, we attached the longer aprons to the legs to connect everything together. After checking for square, we added the center support.
Last, we placed the table top face down, centered the leg assembly on it, and drilled screws through the pocket holes in the aprons and support into the top.
Mr. Awesome stained the tables with Minwax stain in Provincial. After the stain was dry, we sealed the tables with Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin.
Wow! Fantastic work… Cheap, too!!
Until next time,
Plans to build the side tables:
Start by cutting all of the pieces to length. Drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown with the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2″ material. Attach the shorter aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Attach the longer aprons with glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. After checking for square and making any necessary adjustments, attach the support in the center of the longer aprons using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Assemble the table top as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Attach to the leg assembly using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes drilled in the aprons and support.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
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