One of my goals for this year was to build more things for our home. I was able to make a check mark next to that goal once I completed my side table in my Dining room makeover. I am not a builder by any means. This was my first project of this magnitude. The only other thing that I have built was my Farmhouse Signs.
If you are thinking that you can’t make this table, let me tell you that you can! I have already done the work to figure out how to build it and what will work and what will not work!
The inspiration for my table came from the Emmett Foyer Table from World Market.
I have been in love with this table for so long. The style, the color it was just perfect. It was completely perfect in every way except for the length of the table. This table sits 70.9 inches wide. Our house doesn’t have many empty wall spaces and I wanted this for in the dining room. My wall was 60 inches wide, so this table would hang over into the walking area by 10 inches. That was not going to work and I was bummed. Then I remembered one of my goals for this year was to build more things for our home. So I figured why not start with my own version of a side table!
I did do a lot of my building in the evening so some of my pictures are not in the best lighting. I was just to impatient to wait until morning to take pictures before moving on to the next step.
Supplies needed to build this DIY Side Table
- 6 – 28 inch Traditional legs
- 6 – 6 inch Traditional legs
- 6 – Top Leg Plates
- 2 – 1 x 4 8 foot boards
- 1 – 2 x 3 8 foot boards
- 1 – 48 x 15 3/4 inch board
- 1 – 48 x 11 inch board
- 2 – Tie Plates
- 16 – 2 x 1 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch Angle Brackets
- 4 – 2 inch Flat L Shape Bracket
- 1/2 inch screws
- 2 inch long screws
- Compact Drill
The first thing that I did was to cut my 1 x 4 wood boards to make the bottom frame.
You will need to cut:
- 2 – 11 1/8 inch long pieces
- 2 – 49 1/2 inch long pieces
Then I cut my 2 x 3 wood board to make the top frame.
You will need to cut:
- 4 – 20 1/2 inch long pieces
- 2 – 6 1/2 inch long pieces
Take the 48 x 15 3/5 inch board and frame it with the 1 x 4 boards that you just cut.
Make sure all of the boards on the bottom frame are the level . I found that placing everything on the ground ensured that my boards stayed even.
I did not want nail holes on the outside of my table, which is why I used angle brackets on my table.
If you would like to cut your costs and make this table for even cheaper then you could just nail the boards together.
Then take the angle brackets and attach them to the center board to the frame around it.
Did I mention that I had two little helpers while I was building the table?
After I built the bottom base I put the leg frame together.
Use two of the 20 1/2 inch long boards and lay them on either side of a 28 inch leg. Take a tie plate and screw it to the leg first, then screw it to the 2 x 3 boards. Repeat this step with the other set of 20 1/2 inch long boards and a 28 inch leg.
These will feel a little flimsy right now but when you are done they won’t be!
Now take the 6 1/2 inch long 2 x 3 boards and make a frame with your leg frame pieces that you just made.
You will need to leave a space on the ends for the table legs to fit into. I did this by simply placing the legs in end spot, fitting it first to the front of the table and then the side.
Placing the boards with their corners touching left enough space and then I secured it with angel brackets. Be sure to screw in the brackets straight so that your wood boards are level or else you will have to re-do it.
This is where the level comes in handy!
Now you are going to take your bottom base board and flip it over to the under side. Place the top plates in each corner and in the center middle of the board. Take a pencil and mark the hole in the middle of the circle of the top plates. Remove the top plates and screw your 2 inch screws where the pencil mark is. Screw the screws in until you start seeing them come though the top of the board and then stop.
You are going to take your 28 inch legs and place them on top of each screw that is starting to come through the bottom board. I started with the corner legs and then added the center legs and frame.
After that lay the table on its side and attached the top plates to the bottom and then screwed in the 6 inch legs.
Now you have to remove the screws from the legs. Take some pliers and unscrew the screw from the tops of the legs. Then take the flat ‘L’ brackets and screw them to top of the corner legs and the top of the table frame.
Place the 48 x 15 3/4 inch board on the top of the table. Make sure you center the board onto the table frame. Take the remaining angle brackets and attach the table top to the frame from the bottom side.
There you have it! The table is now complete!
Just finish it off with your favorite stain and sealer!
Here is my table finished in my custom made stain and sealer.
I will be sharing my custom made stain recipe and finish in the next few days!
So many of you have shown so much love for my DIY side table,
and I just wanted to say Thank you!
I will be linking up HERE
Check out where this project has been featured:
This project has been featured in the Digital Miss May Issue!