Side tables are an essential part of any living room and bedroom design, from the perspective of both function and aesthetics. The good news: side tables are easy and inexpensive to build! You need wood, table legs, and a few tools (which you can rent from Broadway Rental).
Read on for step-by-step instructions on building a side table, courtesy of Magnolia.
- Four pieces of high-quality plywood: two 18” x 6” pieces and two 18” x 8” pieces
- Table legs (customize for the final look you’re seeking)
- Pencil and ruler
- Wood glue
- Paint or polyurethane
- Finishing nails, wood putty and fine grit sandpaper
How to Build a Side Table
- Apply glue to one side of the first piece of 18” x 18” plywood, then attach one piece of the 18” x 6” piece. Repeat with the other 18” x 6” piece, and hold until glue sets. Then glue the other 18” x 8” piece on top of the smaller pieces, and secure the clamps on both larger pieces to allow all glue to dry fully, preferably overnight.
- Add finishing nails along the joints. (This is especially important if you will be placing heavy items on the table.) Cover nails with wood putty, and, once dry, sand smooth.
- Remove the clamps, then use the paintbrush to add a thin coat of pain or polyurethane. Dry completely.
- Use a ruler and pencil to mark where the table legs will be drilled. Choose the correct size screws for the wood and legs, then attach legs one at a time.
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