I’m back in the saddle my friends, and I have missed you guys and making our sawdust dreams come true. I have been busy with life of course but I have taken on a really fun side project and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I think you will love it!
Today’s build is a simple yet statement making piece that is perfect for an end table or nightstand and would be fabulous as an accent table anywhere you need some display and storage.
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 (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). 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 / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Household Iron if using edge banding
- 1/2 Sheet – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF (4′ x 4′)
- 2 – 2×3 at 8′
- 1 – 2×2 at 8′
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws or 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- (can also use 2″ wood screws or nails and secure shelves up through the rails)
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- 3/4″ Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 2×3 at 24″ – Legs
- 2 – 2×3 at 10″ – Base
- 8 – 2×2 at 10″ – Rails
- 3 – 3/4″ Plywood at 24″ x 10″
- 1 – 3/4″ Plywood at 24″ x 14 1/2″
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.
Create the Leg Base Units. Cut your boards to size and place pocket holes for 1 1/2″ material on both ends of each rail and both ends of each base. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut your shelves and your top to size and sand, then place edge banding around all 4 sides if desired. If staining or painting your piece, you may want to do this step now for the shelves and leg units before you assemble them. Secure your shelves in place using glue and your 1 1/4″ brad nails or wood screws. If you are using wood screws rather than finish nails, use a countersink bit so your screws sit flush.
You might also secure from underneath using 2″ wood screws if you prefer, just keep in mind it will be tight quarters between the rails.
Secure your top in place using glue and your 1 1/4″ brad nails (preferred) or wood screws. You can also attempt to secure from underneath, coming up through the rails with 2″ wood screws or nails if you prefer, but it will be a bit tricky to get your drill or nailer in there.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School