My mom asked me to make an end table and eventually a coffee table as well for our cabin in Northern Michigan. It’s a rustic cabin, all pine and cedar with stained concrete floors, so she asked for rustic tables to match. Thus we have this side table! I built this in one day and with less than $20 in materials.
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Materials: (1) 2 x 6 x 96″, (2) 2 x 4 x 96″, (1) 1 x 3 x 72″, 2 1/2″ Pocket Screws, 2″ Wood Screws, Finishing Nails, Wood Glue
Step 1 – Measure & Cut Wood
The above picture lists all necessary cuts for this project. Please note that the measurements for boards with angle-cut ends are for the longest side.Add two 1 x 4 “feet” to the bottom of two 25″ boards using wood glue and finishing nails.The center supports of the legs are the 18 3/4″ boards which I attached in the center of the base pieces using wood glue and 2″ wood screws.With the 40° end flush with the base and the 50° end against the center support, attach the 12 1/4″ 2 x 2 boards with wood glue and wood screws. The “X” shape will come from these.Repeating the same process as above, attach the center support to the 18 1/2″ 1 x 4 board. making sure that the piece is centered and level. You will then attach the remaining “X” pieces to finish the legs.Once your two legs are finished, they will look like the image above.
Step 3 – Attach Legs to Create Base
With my Kreg Jig Mini, I drilled two pocket holes into each end of the 14″ 2 x 4 board. Then, with a little wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket screws, I attached this board to the center of each leg to create the base of the table.Here you can see the assembled base. I added some wood pocket hole plugs to hide those holes in the cross support.
Step 4 – Assemble Top
While you could use pocket holes or another form of joinery to build the top for this table, I went with a more simple method. Using some scrap 1 x 3″ pine that I had lying around, I cut two pieces at 21″ each. I attached these to the back of my 2 x 6 boards, aligned to create a square, using wood glue and 2″ wood screws.
Step 5 – Stain and Assemble
Once the base and top are completed, sand each with 80 grit and then 220 grit sand paper to achieve a smooth finish. I stained my table using Rustoleum wood stain in “American Walnut” and then finished it with a coat of triple-thick polyurethane in semi-gloss. After allowing the finish to dry completely, you’re ready to attach the base to the top of the table. You can do this by setting the base onto the bottom of the table and drilling 2″ wood screws into the top. Once it’s attached, flip it over and it’s ready to go!
Here’s a close up on the top of the table. I love the way the color came out, it will work well with the look in the cabin.