DIY Side Table Plans
DIY Side Table Plans
This little end table is a perfect fit for tight spaces or it would make a great plant stand! My sister asked me to make her a simple side table to sit between her chairs on the front porch, so here I am with the DIY Side Table Plans for you.
Hey guys, it’s Shara again from Woodshop Diaries! I’ve been working on several larger projects and decided to switch things up a little and work on some fun smaller builds like this cute little side table! The railings on the side make this somewhat of a “mission style” piece of furniture, which I’m quickly becoming a fan of. But the style is so simple that it would fit in with just about any décor—modern, farmhouse, traditional.
If you’re ready to get building this cute little DIY side table, here’s what you’ll need:
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- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Kreg Jig for pocket holes
- Nail gun (or hammer and nails)
- Tape Measure
- (1) 2”x 2”x 8’ board
- (2) 1”x 2”x 8’ board
- (1) 1”x 6”x 8’ board
- (1) 1’x 4’ x 8’ board
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” and 2 ½” wood screws
- Wood Glue
- (4) 1 ½”x 1 ½” x 19” (table legs)
- (8) ¾” x 1 ½”x 11 ½” (top and bottom supports)
- (3) ¾”x 5 ½”x 16 ½” (table top)
- (1) ¾”x 3 ½”x 14 ½” (part of bottom shelf)
- (2) ¾”x 5 ½”x 14 ½” (other part of bottom shelf)
- (4) ¾”x 1 ½”x 12” (side rails)
DIY Side Table Plans Instructions:
Step 1: Cut legs and supports
Cut four 2”x 2” pieces for table legs according to the cut list above. Then, cut eight 1”x 2” pieces according to the cut list for the top and bottom supports.
Step 2: Assemble the frame
Drill a ¾” pocket hole into each end of all 8 support pieces. Make a mark on the legs 3” from the bottom. Attach the supports as shown below (line up the bottom edge of the bottom support with the 3” mark.)
Once you have two frames assembled as shown above, attach two supports between the two frames at the bottom (as shown below.) You can go ahead and attach the other two at the top, but I found it easier to do this after the bottom shelf is in place.
Step 3: Add bottom shelf
The bottom shelf is composed of two 1”x6” boards and one 1”x4” board. Cut the shelf pieces according to the cut list and glue them together using wood glue.
Once the glue has dried, use a jig saw to notch out 1 ½” squares into all four corners.
Slide the shelf in place and use a nail gun to secure the shelf to the bottom supports.
Step 4: Add side rails
Cut four 1”x 2” side rails according to the cut list. If you haven’t already attached the last two top supports from step 2, go ahead and attach these using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Place the 1”x 2” side rails in place (two rails on two opposite sides) spacing evenly. (I found 2 7/8” space between the rails provides even spacing.) Clamp rails in place while you screw them in.
Drill pilot holes through the top supports and screw in 2 ½” screws to hold the rails in place at the top.
Then, drill pilot holes at an angle through the bottom and screw in 1 ¼” screws to hold the rails in place at the bottom.
Step 5: Attach the top
Cut three 1”x6” boards for the top according to the cut list. Just like the bottom shelf, glue the boards together.
Once the glue has dried, line the top of the table base with glue and clamp the top on.
Finishing Your DIY Side Table:
Sand it down and putty holes. Paint, stain or finish as desired. I stained the table with Rustoleum Weathered Gray.
I love the simple style of this table. What do you guys think? Do you think you could use these DIY plans to build your own side table?
For another simple, but stylish end table, check out my twisty table!
Until next time, happy building 🙂
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I would like to print out the plans but I don’t see a print button. Help!
I had the exact same problem yesterday; I just cut 4 new boards, about 1/4″ longer. I think the plans are off a bit. But, nice job–great little table!
I started putting this table together this morning and for some reason my side rails are too short. I’ve checked my measurements and they are right. So I’m wondering if the side rails should have been 12 1/4 or 12 1/2. So to keep from having to re-cut my wood I’m just gonna move up from the 3 in. mark from the bottom to 3 1/4 or 3 1/2. Just wanted to tell ya in case the measurement is wrong but all of my wood is cut right. Hopefully if the measurement is not accurate then it can be corrected to keep others from cutting to short.
Amy, thank you so much for comment. I’ll look into it.
Yes, I am so sorry, this was a typo. The side rails should be 12 1/4″ long OR you could move the bottom supports up to 3 1/4″ from the bottom instead of 3″ and keep the 12″ side rails. Either would work. Thank you for catching this!!
I love all the projects you do!
I have a question though, what do you do about warping with green wood from a big box store?
I love the paint! It looks amazing! Love your ideas and your work!
Shara, these side tables are so sweet! They’re a simple, yet effective design and very fit for purpose.
Plus, I love the stain you have used. I am a sucker for monochrome though, haha!
Brittany, thank you for sharing this DIY on your wonderful blog 🙂
As always, what a fabulous job. I have a t
Side table exactly like this beautiful table you made. The only difference I got my’s from a second hand store on their 50% off day, and paid only $1.50. What a steal!