Box Frame Rectangle Side Table

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Build your own side table and save money!  About $20 to build, super easy with minimal tools and off the shelf lumber - this is the perfect size to add an accent to your space.  Rectangle shape goes great on the end of a sectional or sofa.

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Box Frame Rectangle Side Table

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Shopping List
  • 3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 5 feet long
  • 2-1/2" self tapping trim screws (about 20)
  • 1-5/8" self tapping trim screws (about 10)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • wood filler
  • stain and paint
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 28" - tabletop
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 21-1/4" - legs
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 25"
  • 5 - 2x2 @ 11-1/2" - or 3" less than the width of the tabletop boards
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Sand cut boards with 120 grit sanding block.


Step 1

Cut the tabletop boards.

Lay together and measure the width.  If the width does not match the diagram, you will need to adjust some 2x2 cuts - this is detailed in the cut list.

If you have a pocket hole jig, join the two 1x8 boards together first.

Step 2

Build two of the frames as shown in the diagram.

Step 3

Cut the remaining frame pieces, 3" shorter than the width of the tabletop.

Attach together to assemble the frame.

Let dry on a flat level surface.  

Fill screw holes with wood filler and let dry.

Sand well.  

TIP: For a two tone finish, apply paint or stain to frame at this stage.  Leave top edges raw, so the glue can bond with the underside of the tabletop.

Step 4

Apply glue and set tabletop on frame. Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails or 1-5/8" trim screws.

Fill holes with wood filler and sand off after dry.  Finish the tabletop.