Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Morgan Table
A simple stylish build for your family room with plenty of space underneath for magazines or baskets!
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Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
Hammer or Brad nailer
1 – 2x2 at 8’
4 – 1x2 at 6’
2 – 1x3 at 6’
One sheet of ¾” plywood
1-1/4” pocket hole screws
Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
4 – 2x2 at 17-1/4” - Legs
2 – 1x3 at 38-1/4” – Long Aprons
2 – 1x3 at 25-1/2” – Short Aprons
2 – 1x2 at 38-1/4” – Long Shelf Support
2 – 1x2 at 25-1/2” – Short Shelf Support
1 – 1x2 at 26-1/2” – Center Support
1 – 26-1/2” x 39-1/4” of ¾” plywood – Shelf
1 – 28-1/2” x 41-1/4” of ¾” plywood – Top
2 – 1x2 at 42-3/4” – Upper Trim
2 – 1x2 at 28-1/2” – Upper Trim
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the
GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the taper as shown in the drawing.
Cut the aprons and the shelf supports as shown. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces. The tapers on the legs will face to the outer sides. Attach the aprons to the legs with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Locate them ¼” back from the outside face of the legs. Attach the shelf supports in the same manner, locating them ¼” back from the outside face of the legs, and also 4” up from the bottom of the leg.
Cut the piece for the center support. Drill pocket holes at each end and attach to the center of the long aprons.
Cut the piece for the shelf. Cut ½” x ½” notches in each corner for the legs. Drill pocket holes in all sides and attach to the supports with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Locate the top of the shelf flush with the top of the supports.
Cut the piece for the top. Attach to the table frame with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top, into the legs, aprons, and center support.
Cut the pieces for the trim. The trim will for a ¾” lip around the top. Attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
If desired, a router and a decorative bit can be used to put a nice edge on the trim!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my
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