Space-saving and stylish, these Compression Nesting Tables need to be in YOUR nest! The construction of these tables is as straight-forward as it gets and can be easily done in an evening. And who doesn’t absolutely love transforming furniture?
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (others are super duper easy and perfect for beginners, like this one). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram and @thedesconf on twitter so we are sure to notice!
Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Kreg Jig
- Brad Nailer
- Household Iron (if using Edge Banding)
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ (you really only need 4’x4’, but you typically cannot find that size!)
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16”x24” – Large Table Top
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 16”x19-1/4” – Large Table Sides
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/2”x22-1/2” – Large Table Back
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x22” – Small Table Top
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x17-3/4” – Small Table Sides
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/2”x20-1/2” – Small Table Back
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 Large Table Top and Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Large Table Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to front edge of pieces if desired.
Cut the piece for the Large Table Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the both ends and on the top side of the Large Table Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Small Table Top and Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Small Table Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to front edge of pieces if desired.
Cut the piece for the Small Table Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the both ends and on the top side of the Small Table Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Attach small casters to the bottom of these two tables for even more versatility!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
1 comment on “Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build Compression Nesting Tables”
Would there be a issue with sturdiness if I made this longer? I wanted to fit an open area, so I wanted to do 20″ deep by 60″ long.