Preston Nesting Side Tables

Submitted by beingbrook on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 15:26
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Nesting side tables with cute cottage charm for your living room! DIY plans to build these nesting end tables inspired by Pottery Barn Pratt Nesting Side Tables.

Do you ever get excited when you see a new plan, excited to see photos and read how the project is put together? Yeah? 

Well today, I get to join you!!!  I can't tell you how excited I am to open up this plan and see Brook from Being Brook's Nesting Tables that she built from plans we worked on together.
In between working on the Momplex, being my daughter's primary caretaker, and also trying to develop more video and work on the book, I have not been able to post as many plans as I would like. This makes me so sad, because I love drawing plans, and I love posting plans, and I love being able to give away free plans that anyone can use to save money and improve their lifestyle.
So I'm trying something new!  Hopefully a solution that is positive for everyone involved.  I am working with some of you who are already part of our community to build plans that I draw up before they are blogged.  This way, we'll get a photo visual of the finished project, tips from the builder, and I'll get my plan fix, and the contributor gets a new piece of furniture and our respect and gratitude!
Today, I hope you take a second to stop over and visit Brooke at Being Brook to tell her thank you, to compliment her on her beautiful nesting end tables, and to check out all the amazing projects she's been up to.
But first, check out the plans for this table, followed by some more gorgeous photographs.  Thank you Brook!  You have inspired me so much today!  
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List


2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 4 feet long
1 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – stick 5/8” cove base moulding @ 6 feet long


1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
1 – 1x4 @ 10 feet long (if you are building small table, you can buy an 8 footer and use scraps from small table)
1 – stick 5/8” cove base moulding @ 6 feet long
1 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long

2” screws
1 ¼” finish nails

Cut List

4 – 2x2 @ 20”
2 – 2x4 @ 12”
2 – 2x4 @ 11”
4 – 1x4 @ 15”
5/8” cove moulding cut to fit4 – 2x2 @ 24 3/4”

2 – 2x4 @ 17”
3 – 2x4 @ 14 1/2”
5 – 1x4 @ 20”
5/8” cove moulding cut to fit
6 – 1x2 @ 7” (Longest point to longest point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel)
2 – 1x2 @ 14 ½”
1 – 1x2 @ 17”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter 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

Attach legs to aprons to create two leg sets.

Step 2

Then attach the remaining aprons to the leg sets to create a table! How easy is this???

Step 3

Add planking to the top for a rustic look. Go ahead, ding up the top with a hammer - it'll just add to the handmade vintage rustic appeal.

Step 4

This is optional, but I'm so glad Brook put the moulding around her tables. It's just such a nice touch. Glue and nail on. If using a hammer, nail with a nail set to push nails below surface of wood. Corners should be mitered at 45 degrees off square.

Step 5

Step 6

Only difference is we add a center support on this one.

Step 7

Planking for the top ...

Step 8

Moulding if you are going that route.

Step 9

And now the fun part. Add the stretcher and angle braces.

Step 10

And then on the back. And that's it!!!

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.


In reply to by claydowling


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:57

Never assume that the 0 degree marker on a miter saw table is actually 0 degrees from perpendicular until you've verified with with a square. Likewise, don't assume that the blade is perpendicular to the table until you've verified it with a square. Most saws are not properly lined up from the factory, and I found it necessary to retrue my miter saw about once a year. One of the reasons it's sat unused in the garage for the last year, in favor of the hand saws that cause me less trouble.

I recommend the little 4" machinists squares that most hardware and home improvement stores carry. They're indispensable for furniture building anyway.

I'm not sure how you're attaching the parts for your table. I'd need to see pictures to understand I think. The assembly step is where things can go horribly wrong, but it's also where earlier errors start to make themselves visible.

Angel Rose

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 14:08

I think the error must have been human. My fiance and I set up the saw with a square when we took it out of the box. I am almost sure it was on the actual construction of the wood. I predrilled holes and countersinks before I attached . . . I am almost certain it was keeping the wood where I wanted it as I drilled. I did have a clamp, but it was not agreeing with me. . . . .sadness. I thought I chose the most simple plan to start with. I could be wrong. Is there some trick to keeping it all together when you work by yourself?


Wed, 02/24/2016 - 20:03

Has anyone varied these plans to make the tables smaller or rectangular? I have a need for some end tables in my small living room. I have a spot next to the couch to store the tables that is 14 inches wide. I would love to have a second table that can be pulled out and temporarily used. That is why I love these stacking they look beautiful. Any suggestions?