Simple Side Table DIY

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I’m in the process of working on a redecorating project with a pretty small budget, so I’m taking an opportunity to get my hands on some practice building furniture from scratch. I usually refurbish or add to existing pieces of furniture, but I’ve rarely built a piece from the ground up, so building this little side table taught me a little somethin somethin. Here’s a synopsis of how it all went down…

(Side note: I’m in no way, shape, or form an expert on building furniture, and I’m sure that there are more efficient methods than mine. I just do what works for my limited budget, resources, and know-how. Hopefully I teach somebody how NOT to make the same mistakes I make!)

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To start things off, I took a trip to Home Depot to get some hardwood Red Oak trimmed down to size. I got two boards trimmed to 20″ for the top and bottom of the table, and two boards trimmed to 21″ for the sides (all boards are a foot wide). I also grabbed four 6″ tapered legs and four leg top plates to eventually mount the legs to the bottom of the table (legs and plates bought from a local True Value). I wanted the final product to be 27″ tall, which is why I got 21″ boards for the sides, but it turned out to be a little taller with the thickness of the horizontal pieces included.

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All it took to build the frame was a handful of screws and wood glue, but this is where I ran into a bit of a problem. I didn’t want to apply screws to connect the top of the table to the sides, because I didn’t want them to be visible from the top. I ended up using only wood glue to adhere the top, and it seems to be extremely strong, so maybe that’s enough?

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My initial intention was to have the table be completely open in the middle, with no shelf built into the center. After getting to this point, though, we thought it looked a little weird without it, so I went ahead and got another piece of wood cut down to 18.5 inches to fit. I mounted these brackets so that the shelf would sit directly in the center.

After letting the glue dry , I sanded everything down and applied the stain. I had to apply 4-5 coats to get the color that I wanted. I ran into an issue where the stain wouldn’t soak in to areas of the wood that I neglected to wipe completely clean of glue, so I had to go over certain spots with tons of extra stain to match. Lesson learned! After a couple of coats of polyurethane, it was good to go.

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I’ll be showing where this guy will end up once the room is complete!

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