Hello loves! So, it’s been autumn for literally only five days, and yet I’ve switched my wardrobe entirely to flannel button-ups and boots. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m sure some of you can relate. Is it just me, or does fall feel like the most rustic of the seasons? Maybe that’s why I couldn’t wait to build and share this rustic “X” end table that my mom requested for our cabin. It only makes sense, really. Even more exciting than this table’s rustic charm is its price tag – less than $20. For a solid wood piece of furniture, you just can’t argue with a price like that. Below you’ll find the steps to create one of these – or even two – for yourself!
*Note – The following plans are for one side table, but may easily be doubled to create a set of two.*
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Measuring Tape
- Eye Protection
- (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.
Step 2 – Assemble Legs
Using 1 1/4″ finishing nails and wood glue, attach two of the 1 x 4 squares to each end of the longest side of the 22 ” boards. These will serve as “feet” for the table.
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 to build the top for this table, I went with an easier 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!
I love the rustic look of this table paired with its geometric lines. This will be the perfect addition to the living area in our cabin! Stay tuned for next week’s post as I may even make a coffee table to match. Until then, have an incredible week and happy building!