Diy Side Table Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about diy side table plans. If you want to learn more about building a diy side table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with attention and invest in high quality-materials. Don’t forget to take a kook over the rest of the related article, as there are many projects that you could select from.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the table to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Diy Side Table Plans

Building a side table

Building a side table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 19″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 piece of 2×3 lumber – 14″ long, 2 pieces – 21″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 24″ long FRAME
  • D – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x24″ long TABLETOP
  • E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 11″x21″ long SHELF

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building an side table

Building the legs

Building the legs

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs of the side table. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to mark the cut lines with a pencil and to get the job done with a miter saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a vacuum. Make sure you take accurate measurements, otherwise the components won’t lock together properly.

 

Fitting the support

Fitting the support

 

Cut the brace out of 2×3 lumber and the top support out of 1×3 lumber. Take accurate measurements and drill pocket holes at both ends of the braces before locking them to the legs with 1 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure. Secure the top support to the legs with galvanized screws, after drilling pilot holes.

 

Fitting the bottom shelf

Fitting the bottom shelf

 

Cut the bottom shelf out of 3/4″ plywood and secure it to the supports with galvanized screws. Drill pocket holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the shelf. Add waterproof glue to the joints. Plumb the sides of the table before inserting the screws.

 

Building the tabletop

Building the tabletop

 

Building the tabletop is a straight-forward process, as you need to cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right size and to attach the 1×2 trims to the edges. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock them into place with glue and finishing nails.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

Place the frame of the table over the tabletop and lock it into place with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure, drill pilot holes through the supports and insert the screws. Align all the components at both ends before inserting the screws.

 

Diy side table plans

Diy side table plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the side table.

 

 

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