I love a simple build with a bit of a stylish twist. It's a little bit modern and a bit worldly, too. Get out your jig saws folks, and get ready for some curve carving! This plan is so simple to build, it only requires a bit of tracing and shaping, seriously…that's all! Each side can be make precisely the same way. Make one, then use it as a template for the other 3 sides and you are virtually finished! Easy Peasy…
- Tape Measure
- Jig Saw
- Kreg Jig – optional but definitely recommended
- Nail Gun – optional and would replace the Kreg Jig for attaching the sides and top.
- 1 sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF
- 1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws
- 2″ Wood screws – if not using a pocket hole system
- 2″ Finish nails – you can also use pocket hole screws or wood screws, just be sure to countersink.
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Sanding Supplies
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 3/4″ Ply or MDF at 20″x18″ Sides
- 1 – 3/4″ Ply or MDF at 20″x20″ Top
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 all 4 Side Panels to Size. The turning your panels so the 18″ side is vertical, carve an approximate shape as indicated below. You can draw out your shape, use your jig saw to carve it, and then lay it onto the other panels and use it as a template for tracing out the pattern on the remaining 3 panels.
Decrease the width of 2 of your panels. Your shape will already be cut from the previous step, so all you are doing now is marking off a line 3/4″ in from the outside edges, as indicated in the salmon color below. You will then remove this strip on these 2 panels (only 2 of the 4, not all 4).
Attach your Sides and the Top. Use your Pocket Hole System set for 3/4″ Stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue to fassten together. Place your pocket holes as shown below on the shorter of the sides so they will fasten into the longer (wider) sides. You can place pocket holes all around the top edges of the sides so that you might fasten the top to the sides without your screws being seen. If you aren't using a Pocket Hole System, use 2″ screws and glue, be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance. Fasten the top using Finish Nails and Glue if possible otherwise you can also use screws and countersink.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.