Hello all, welcome back! I’m so happy you’re here. Honestly. I find it crazy cool that there are real life humans reading and looking at what I create. I appreciate you all extremely!
Now you guys, I think I’m starting to go a little build crazy. With an abundance of inspiration all over the internet, how could I not be?! There are so many things I want to build but when you live with your parents, there are only so many rooms to build furniture for without needing approval. This week, I tackled Rogue Engineer‘s simple square side tables for my bedroom. Head on over to his site to find all kinds of furniture plans – it’s a DIY dream!
I built a couple of these simple tables to replace my bulky nightstands that had packed-full-of-crap drawers. I’m calling this project my motivation to actually get rid of all the things I’ve been stuffing into the old nightstands and make room for my new and improved tables. The best part about them? They were only $25 each and a Saturday afternoon to build! Keep reading if you want to see my spin on this project.
*Side Note – All supplies and cuts are factored to make two end tables. If only one table is needed, cut these values in half*
Here’s what you’ll need to buy:
- (8) 8′ 2 x 2″
- (6) 8′ 2 x 4″
- 2 1/2″ Pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2″ Wood screws
- Sand paper
Tools you’ll need:
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Hand Sander
- Tape Measure
- Eye protection
Step 1 – Make Your Cuts
In the picture above, I laid out all the cuts needed for two of these side tables. Remember, if you only want one table, only cut half of each.
Step 2 – Assemble the Tops
For the top, you will use 6 of the 21″ 2 x 4’s. I used my Kreg Jig Mini to drill pocket holes into the center and at the ends of each board and then screw them into each other using the pocket hole screws.
Once the 2 x 4’s are all attached, attach 21″ 2 x 2’s to both ends using pocket holes and screws. Then, drill pocket holes into each end of the 2 x 2’s and use pocket hole screws to attach 24″ 2 x 2’s to each side. Once it’s all put together and flipped over, the top will look like the picture above.
Step 3 – Assemble the Shelves
Each table has one shelf. To assemble them, follow the same process as with the top, except with five 17 1/2″ 2 x 4’s and two 17 1/2″ 2 x 2’s. We wont be adding any 2 x 2’s to the sides of the shelves.
Step 4 – Assemble the Sides
You’ll make two sides for each table using two 22 1/2″ and two 17 1/2″ 2 x 2’s per side. Drill pocket holes into each end of the 17 1/2″ boards. Attach one flush with the top of each 21 1/2″ board and attach the second one 4″ from the bottom of the longer boards, like what’s shown above.
Step 5 – Attach the Sides to the Shelves
You’ll attach the shelf level to the bottom board of the sides. I found it easiest to lay the side down and hold the shelf in place as I screwed into the pocket holes I drilled into the ends of each board. Once you’ve got both sides attached, drill pocket holes in each end of two more 17 1/2″ 2 x 2’s and attach them to the sides at the top, making a square. In the photo above you’ll see the fully assembled base next to the assembled top.
Step 6 – Attach the Top
To attach the top, flip everything upside down and place the base onto the top with it aligned so that each edge is an even size. Then use the 2 1/2″ wood screws to screw each side of the top square of the base down into the top. Make sure that you space them so that you aren’t screwing into one of the pocket hole screws of the top. I used two screws in each side. Once it’s attached, flip it over and you’re ready for finishing!
Step 7 – Sand and Stain
I used my hand-sander with a 90 grit paper to sand off the lumber printing and rough edges. Once it’s smooth, use whatever stain you’d like to finish it. I used Minwax Wood Finish in “Espresso” since I love the look of dark wood grain. I also let mine dry overnight since it’s going in a carpeted room – I definitely don’t want any stain rubbing off on the cream colored carpet!
And there it is – the finished product in place! I love the simple look of this table in comparison to the bulky black nightstands that were here before. Next up is a new headboard to match! Keep an eye out for that one as it will be coming to the blog soon 🙂
Once again, thank you for all the love and support! Any reader is an appreciated reader. I hope to see you back soon!