I am SO excited to share with you my FIRST EVER DESIGN and FREE PLANS for this awesome little design! Here it is:
Small X End Table
My living room isn’t huge, but I recently bought a couple lamps that I wanted to go on either side of my sofa. I already had an end table for one side, but this little spot in between the bookcases and the sofa wouldn’t fit a normal sized end table. I shopped around and most everything I found was too big! Until I went to Target and found a little skinny gray end table with double Xs… only it was $60. So I thought it about for awhile and came up with some plans that would give me a similar look and size, for only about $20 OR less in materials ( less if you have extra 1/2″ plywood laying around or use a less expensive option like MDF!)!! How awesome is that?!
I was able to build this little table in a couple hours on a Saturday night! By the following Monday, I had already sanded, filled holes, and painted this little beauty! The finish is the same I did on the Restoration Hardware-inspired end table I did a couple weeks ago: French Linen Chalk Paint, dry brush with a light gray, then clear and dark wax.
This table fits perfect, has room for a bit of storage, and looks stylish! I’m so stinkin proud of it, you have no idea!
Ok, so are you ready for the plans?
Dimensions for table are 16″ wide x 16″ deep x 24″ tall
Shelves have about 8″ clearance for both top and bottom.
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2 – 8′ lengths of 2X2 (for legs and side supports)
2 – 8′ lengths of 2X1 select pine (for Xs and mitered edges around table top)
1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood (for top and shelves)
16 – 1″ pockethole screws
16 – 2 1/2″ pockethole screws
36 – 18-gauge x 1 1/4″ brail nails
paint of desired color or stain and top coat
4 – 2×2 @ 23.5″ (legs)
8 – 2×2 @ 11.5″ (side supports)
14.5″ x 14.5″ square of 1/2″ plywood (top)
2 – 11.5″ x 11.5″ square of 1/2″ plywood (shelves)
4 – 2×1 Select Pine board @ 16″, miter cut on both ends, 45 degrees
4 – 2×1 Select Pine board @ ~15″ (for decorative X on both sides) cut at 50 degrees on ends that meet with shelves, and 10 degrees off center where they intersect) (see below)
NOTE: Always use wood glue before screwing or nailing any pieces of wood together. Also, clamping before gluing and screwing pieces into place really ensures a tighter, straighter fit, so always think of ways to maneuver your project so clamps can be utilized when possible.
Drill 1 1/2″ pocketholes on either end of 2×2 shelf supports (11.5″ long boards). Using 2 1/2″ pockethole screws, glue and attach supports to legs. Do this for both sides separately.
Drill two 1/2″ pocketholes on all 4 sides of each shelf. Using 1″ pockethole screws, glue and attach plywood to shelf supports. Reduce clutch speed on your drill so you don’t split wood or go in too far. You will also want to make sure that the plywood is not 100% flush with the side supports, to ensure the pockethole screws don’t emerge. I moved mine down about 1/8″.
Attach remaining side supports. These are attached last, in case you need to cut a sliver off an end to get them to fit snugly without causing too much stress on already-screwed joints.
Glue and nail down top plywood to 4 legs. About 2 nails per leg will do.
Miter cut the Select Pine trim to 45 degree angles and attach 3 sides first. Cut last side a bit longer (about 1/4 inch) and test to see if it fits, shaving off a little at a time until you get a perfect fit. Outside line (longest side) is 16″. Glue and nail into place.
Cut and attach decorative X supports. The long support is about 13.25″ long from one mitered side to the other, but cut longer and test to get a snug fit, shaving off a bit until you get the right length. The end the attaches to the end table frame (in the corners) is 50 degree angle. Where they two intersect, is 10″ off center. Glue and nail into place.
Repeat the process for both sides.
Fill all nail holes with wood filler, let dry. Sand entire piece smooth with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper using an orbital sander. Finish with either stain or paint to your preference!
Whew! These plans have taken me too long to write up, so I hope someone out there enjoys them! Please let me know if you use them and build a little end table! I would love to see it!
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