Rhyan End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 22:45
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End tables featuring two drawers and a large open top shelf. Open base design. Square styling.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1/2 – sheet of 3/4″ hardwood plywood (or MDF for paint grade) measuring 48″ x 48″ or larger
4 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws, or 2 5/8″ trim screws
wood glue, wood filler and finishing supplies
2 sets of 16″ Drawer Slides

Cut List

2 – 3/4″ plywood or MDF @ 17″ x 17″ (Shelf and Top)
3 – 3/4″ plywood or MDF @ 17″ x 12 1/4″ (Sides)
2 – 3/4″ plywood or MDF @ 17″ x 14 1/2″ (Drawer Bottoms – note different than dimensions shown in plan)
4 – 2×2 @ 26″ (Legs)
12 – 2×2 @ 17″
5 – 1×2 @ 17″ (Drawer Slide Spacers and Drawer Trim)
4 – 1×6 @ 17″ (Drawer Sides)
2 – 1×6 @ 16″ (Drawer Backs – note different than shown in plans)
2 – 1×6 @ 16 3/4″ (Drawer Fronts)

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


Step 1

Cut Plywood

I was just at The Home Depot the other day, and spotted these gorgeous 4×4 posts (been lusting after Crate and Barrel’s Big Sur Table for the longest time). An associate gladly cut the 4×4 to size for me, and the cuts were just perfect and only took a minute. So if your local store has a good staff, perhaps bring this cutting diagram in. Always remember that the saw blade takes up approximately 1/4″ and you cannot just mark out all the cuts and go – your pieces will not be accurately cut. My advice is to cut two strips that are 17″ wide, and then cut the strips into the 17″, 12 1/4″ and 14 1/4″ pieces. And then from the scrap cut your final back piece.

Step 2


Start building the sides by attaching 2x2s to the top and bottom. You will need to build 2 of these – well, actually, go ahead and build three of these.

Step 3

Side Drawer Slides

Okay, now only build two of these from the three that you build in step 2. Make sure that there are no screws sticking out here these are the drawer slide spacers.

Step 4


From the two pieces with the drawer slides, add legs as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6


Add the top and shelf as shown above.

Step 7

Back and Shelf Trim

Okay, here’s where you add that third piece you built in step 2 – to the back. Also trim out the shelves and the bottom with 2x2s as shown above.

Step 8

Drawer Trim

A little piece of trim for between the drawers . . .

Step 9


You will need to build two drawers. It’s basically 1x6s surrounding the bottom plywood. You should always build your drawers to fit the opening in the end table, not to shown dimensions. Check the clearance on your drawer slides (normally 1/2") and adjust the door measurements to fit your endtable.

Step 10

Drawer Slides

The blue boards in the diagram above are for attaching the drawer slides to the drawers. This drawer is designed for a standard slide requiring 1/2″ clearance on each side of the drawer. Adjust so that there is an even fit around the drawers and the drawers slide smoot


Jennifer (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 03:30

OMG!!!! I love that collection!! thank you Ana for posting this!! can't wait to make it!! I will post pictures soon.... love it! But was wondering will you be posting the matching coffee table?? Thanks again Ana!! I love love love our website!!

Tracy Smith (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 04:23

I love this! Looks like a great next project and I'm ready to replace my flatpack Wal-mart cheapies that I currently have. I do have one question. Where would a person wanting to build these, find the hardware that you used? Thanks so much for posting these (and all the other plans you post)! ;-)

Bethany (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 04:33

This is unbelievable - too good to be true. I told you I wanted Rhys and BAM, I have Rhys!! I started modeling it last week but ran into some trouble on the media center part so I am just ... I can't even think of a word right now I'm so excited! THANK YOU! AWESOME! P.S. The hardware is the cherry on top, a must, imo.

Melissa (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 04:46

I was just thinking about how to make something like this so I can store my laptop somewhere other than on the floor by my chair in the living room...THANKS!!!

Kristen (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 05:29

I know that Lee Valley carries a lot of pulls, some quite similar to these. www.leevalley.com You can look through their catalogue online (the Sept '10 Hardware catalogue should have what you're looking for, although may take a bit of time to wade through). If you're near a Lee Valley store, they should have them. Good luck!

Sarah R. (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 05:39

Ana-this is gorgeous! It just might have to be my new night stand.

Also, I clicked over to the Big Sur. Stunning. Now I am seriously incapable of deciding which dining room table I want.

manygoats (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 06:13

PLEASE add the rest of the collection! I've been trying to figure out the large media console since I saw it!

manygoats (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 07:12

and of course we'd all be willing to help try it out... not every plan CAN be right, but we're a community, so we'd help work out the kinks!

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