Perfect End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 09:41
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About Project

Build a perfect end table with free plans from!

Good luck building, have a great weekend!

Well, hello there! And Happy Friday!

I hope you've got a long weekend this weekend to enjoy with your family ... and maybe squeeze in a little DIY! Nothing like a hobby that is FUN to do ... and you get to make your life better, right?

So I'm as guilty as anyone for having a ridiculously long Pinterest "Make Me!" board. A long while back, I pinned this simple end table to inspire a build someday.

Isn't it perfect?

Storage and simplicity. What more do you need?

Well, I've been meaning to build it, especially after so many of you repinned it (Hey, Thanks! Love you!) but you know, we got so much going on, it just takes me a while to get to everything.

So when my beautiful friend Jen of the House of Wood, wrote saying she would love to build this end table for her living room, I of course said, let's do it!!!!

And this is what Jen made!!!! Isn't it the perfect end table?

Well, to be fair, Jen IS a rock star ...

But we can all build this Perfect End Table too - of course the free step by step plans follow. And please, take a second to stop over and visit Jen and see step by step how she built this end table. Thanks Jen!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

3 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” and 2 ½” PH screws
2” nails or screws for attaching shelves

Cut List

4 – 2x2 @ 23 3/4"
4 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (cut these to the width of your 1x12, expected to be 11 1/4")
3 – 2x2 @ 37”
1 – 1x12 @ 40”
1 – 1x12 @ 42”
2 – 1x3 @ 42”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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!


Step 1

First build two of the legs.

Step 2

Then join the two legs up with the side aprons and bottom support. The bottom support will make sure your bottom shelf doesn't sag.

Step 3

Now add your bottom shelf - super easy - just screw through the bottom supports into underside of shelf.

Step 4

And then build your top first with 3/4" PHs (pocket holes) and 1 1/4" PH screws (pocket hole screws) and attach same as the bottom shelf. Note: Jen used 3/4" plywood for her top instead - you can do that too!

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.