Build a Folsom End Table

A Fab End Table, Inspired by a Catalog Retailer

The fabulous plans to build a Folsom end table (inspired by Pottery Barn) are the perfect first DIY project! The easy to build table is built with a plywood base and solid wood face frames on the front and back. Unfortunately, the plans call for a full sheet of plywood due to the size of the table but that leaves a bit of material to build the matching coffee table or the bench and wall shelf!

This knockoff Pottery barn end table can also be scaled down to use a half sheet of plywood to save a bit of money. In my opinion, it is much more economical to buy a full sheet and save the scrap for future projects.

build a folsom end table dimensions


  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional (<– affiliate link!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Finishing Supplies


  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 26″ – Base Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 23-1/2″ – Base Sides
  • 4 – 1×2 at 26″ – Face Frame
  • 4 – 1×2 at 25″ – Face Frame

build folsom end table

Notes About the Project:

  • The edge banding will be applied to the shorter edges of the top and bottom (the edges that are NOT hidden by the face frame)
  • Sand all pieces prior to assembly
  • The materials listed are to make ONE table

Step One

Cut the pieces for the base top, bottom and sides. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces. Assemble the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

build a folsom end table base

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the face frames. There will be a 45° miter in each end. Secure the pieces to the front and back of the base, as shown, using glue and 2″ brad nails.

build a folsom end table face frames

Fill the holes and finish as desired!

A Few Ways to Make This Table Unique…

  • Add a piece of faux marble to the top using scrap plywood wrapped with marble adhesive paper (<– affiliate link!)
  • Stencil a large design on the top like a huge flower or mandala
  • Add a shelf inside before securing the face frames

Most of all have fun! If you build this table or any other project using my plans, let me know – I love seeing your projects!  Have questions about the plans to build a Folsom end table? Leave a comment below!