A Custom Mid-Century-Inspired Side Table You Can DIY
Put your DIY skills to the test with this handmade wooden side table project. A great multipurpose project with clean sleek lines that will accent any living room or bedroom. Use a fun pop of color for the legs and a rustic barn wood for a surprisingly sophisticated eclectic vibe.
What You'll Need:
- Two 4" x 1" x 10" pieces of wood
- Two 16" x 1" x 10" pieces of wood
- 4 round tapered legs 14" in length
- 4 round angled faceplates with hardware
- Sanding block or paper
- 4 large clamps
- 3/8" dowel rod
- Drill with 3/8" drill bit and thin drill bit
- Spray paint
- Painter's tape
- Screw driver
- Wood glue
- Wood finish
Step 1: Start by spray painting the legs. If you would like to keep the metal detail as is, tape off with painter's tape before spray. The best way to spray the legs is to stick the pegs into a piece of cardboard. Also spray the angles plates if desired. Let dry.
Step 2: Sand the edges of your wood piece. If you get your wood from a hardware store, they can cut it down to the dimensions listed above. If not, ask someone with a bandsaw to make your cuts for you.
Step 3: Place one of the larger pieces of wood flat on your working surface. Place the two smaller pieces on the sides to start to create a rectangle box. Glue the sides in place with wood glue.
Step 4: Place the top on the box and glue in place.
Step 5: Use clamps to clamp the wooden box into place (place them at the corners). Let the glue dry overnight (or as directed on the back of the bottle).
Step 6: Mark out holes in each of the corners of the table. The hole must be placed directly above the side of the box. This will create your joint.
Step 7: Drill 1 hole approximately 3/8" in diameter and depress the drill down far enough that it goes past the top and into the side piece. Do this in all 4 corners where you marked out your holes.
Step 8: Cut 4 pieces of dowel approximately 3-4 inches each with your saw.
Step 9: Place wood glue into each hole and put the dowel into each hole.
Step 10: Use a rubber mallet to push each dowel all the way down into the hole. Let the wood glue around the dowel dry (allow drying time as indicated on the back of the bottle of wood glue).
Step 11: Once the dowels are dry, saw off the excess dowel and sand smooth. Add finish to your box top as desired (clear polyurethane, lacquer, oil or beeswax, etc).
Step 12: When the box top is complete, flip it over so that the bottom is facing up towards you. Place the angled plates in each corner (with the angle facing outward towards each corner). Pre-drill the holes with a small thin drill bit. Screw the screws into place with the screw driver.
Step 13: Screw the legs into place to finish off your table.
Flip it over and put it in it's new corner of your home!