Side Table Plans

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If you want to learn how to build a side table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Therefore, we recommend you to choose the plans and design that suits you needs and fits withing the budget. Work with attention and plan every step of the project from the very beginning, if you want to keep the costs under control and to get a professional result.

There are many aspects that you should take into account before starting the actual construction of the side table, that is why we recommend you to read the instructions, as well as the related articles. It is essential to invest in high-quality materials and to select the right side table plans. Cedar, pine or redwood are excellent choices, as they are both durable and have a really nice finish.

 

 

Side table plans

Building a side table

Building a side table

 

  • 1 – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 26″ LEGS
  • 2 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16″ SUPPORTS
  • 3 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16″ SUPPORTS
  • 4 – 5 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 27″ SLATS 
  • Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
  • Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
  • Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
  • One day

 

 

Building a side table

Building the legs

Building the legs

First of all, we recommend you to build the four legs of the side table. As you can notice in the image, we recommend you to cut the bottom of the legs in a decorative manner, otherwise the end result might not be beautiful.

Building the sides of the table

Building the sides of the table

Continue the project by attaching the supports to the top of the legs, by using 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports before inserting the galvanized screws into the legs. Add waterproof glue to the joints after making sure the legs are perfectly plumb.

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

Next, install the rest of the supports, as show in the image. Align the supports at both ends, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. In addition, check if the corners are right-angled.

Attaching the slats to the frame

Attaching the slats to the frame

Attaching the slats to the top of the wooden frame is a straight forward job, but you need to tackle everything with great attention. Don’t forget that you should attach the first slat to the middle of the frame and continue with the rest of them. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert the screws into the slats after making sure they are equally-spaced.

Side table plans

Side table plans

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Check if the components are secured into place properly and if the structure is rigid. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges that could injure you.

PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay.

 

 

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