Connor Side Table

Difficulty
Beginner
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Amazingly easy side table for around $30

DIY End Table Plans | Rogue Engineer
DIY End Table Plans | Rogue Engineer

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So after our baby Madison was born my wife asked me to haul the glider downstairs from the nursery to our master bedroom so she would have a relaxing place to nurse the baby. Right away we discovered that we needed a side table to accompany it for drinks, books, and what not.

So we decided on this lovely $400 Connor Side Table from Pottery Barn. Well that’s an easy one to build. Consider it done.

Here are the DIY end table plans that I created and built too myself.

Preparation

Shopping List

4x 2 x 2 x 8'
1x 1 x 8 x 6'

Common Materials
Cut List

13x 2 x 2 x 18.5″ Note: If it looks to big just decrease the length of these.
4x 2 x 2 x 23.25″
3x 1 x 8 x 22.25″

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Assemble the TWO sides by drilling pocket holes at each end of the 2 x 2 x 18.5″ pieces as shown. Then, screw the 2 x 2 x 18.5″ pieces to the 2 x 2 x 23.25″ pieces as shown in the picture.

Step 2

Assemble the shelf by first drilling pocket holes in each end of the seven 2 x 2 x 18.5″ pieces. It’s always best to choose wisely which side you drill pocket holes on since the opposite side will be most visable.

Using 2 inch pocket hole screws, then screw the middle slat in place making sure center is center of the ouside piece. Screw in the four remaining slats (two per side) while maintaining 1-7/8 inch gap between each slat.

Step 3

Drill pocket hole screws in each end of the remaining two 2 x 2 x 18.5″ boards, as shown in the picture.

Now assemble the table base by attaching the shelf (pink), sides (blue) and the remaining two 2 x 2 x 18.5″ boards using 2 inch pocket hole screws.

Step 4

Drill three pocket holes in two of the 1 x 8 x 22.25″ boards. Make sure to adjust your jig to accommodate the 3/4″ material thickness.

To form the tabletop, assemble the three boards by screwing and gluing the joints using 1-1/4 inch pocket hole screws. Make sure to clamp the joints to assure a nice even top.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish Used
For the table top I used a chalkboard paint. For the base I chose to go with the minwax weathered oak stain and once dry, sealed it all with the minwax finishing wax.