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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Bouclier Side Table

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Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • 2 – 2x2 at 4’
  • 1 – 1x2 at 6’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 6’
  • Half sheet of ¾” plywood
  • Quarter sheet of ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • Edge banding for plywood
  • 2 pair of 16” drawer slides
  • 2 drawer knobs or handles
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x2 at 23-3/4” – Legs
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 17-1/2” – Side Panels
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 19” – Back
  • 3 – 1x2 at 19” – Front Aprons
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 21-1/4” x 23-1/2” – Top
  • 4 – 1x4 at 14-1/2” – Drawer Boxes
  • 4 – 1x4 at 18” – Drawer Boxes
  • 2 – ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 16” x 18” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 4-1/2” x 18-3/4” – Drawer Fronts

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.

Step 1
Step 1
Step 1

If using edge banding, apply to the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the angle as shown in each leg. The angles will face to the inside of the cabinet.

Cut the pieces for the side panels. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and cut the pocket holes as shown. Attach to the legs with glue and 2” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the back. Drill pocket holes as shown and attach to the side panels using glue and 2” pocket hole screws. The back face of the back will be flush with the inside face of the legs.


Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the aprons. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the side panels as shown using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.


Step 4
Step 4

Cut the piece for the top. The front and sides will overlap the legs by ¾”. Attach using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws through the side and back panels.


Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the drawer bottoms. Attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the drawer slide hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 6
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts and pre-drill the holes for the handles or knobs. There will be an 1/8” gap around all sides of the drawer front. Place the drawer front in the opening and shim in place. Drive screws through the holes for the handles to temporarily hold the front in place. Open the drawer and attach the front to the drawer box from the inside with 1-1/4” screws. Finish drilling out the holes for the handles.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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