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


Christina (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 07:12

LOVE THIS!!! When you put up the plans for the lego table I loved it but wanted it with the rhys style (just flip the drawers to be ontop and the shelf on the bottom) Thank you for making these plans ... please add more!!!

Heather H (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 07:19

I love it! I'm in need of some side tables (and maybe a coffee table) now that we've moved into a bigger place. And I love this one!

Lavina D. (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 12:04

I found a nice selection of hardware at www.vandykes.com. They have a large selection of both label holders and ring pulls. rejuvenation.com and houseofantiquehardware.com are also good sources. I'm totally building this one too!

Allison (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 12:09

This is an excellent plan! I am thrilled that you are planning on AND making so many end table plans. I need a whole house worth of end tables for living room and bedrooms. Thank you a billion times for your plans!!!!

Sarah (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 14:00

So glad you posted this! I have the Rhys coffee table on my list of builds and I think this will help guide me along the way. Thanks!!!

Tracy Smith (not verified)

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 14:45

Thank you Lavina for the websites to go to! My husband and I are building a console table for a friend of mine and she wanted some pretty interesting pulls for her doors and looked all over the web for some that looked just like it. I didn't want to have to spend hours looking for these pieces when we build this end table. Thanks again for the time saver!!!!

Aaron Baker (not verified)

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 17:11

"I just cannot in good faith design a plan without being able to confidently stand behind my designs, and say, this is doable, and I know it is because I did it. And after the Cabin Collection, I do feel confident in publishing this collection of plans – special thanks to one of our readers for enlightening me on this."

Yeah, you should have built a prototype, Ana. BE WARNED, PEOPLE: these plans have an error. The drawer dimensions are WRONG!

If you plan to build these, you need to make your drawers 1/4" wider.

The plans called for a 15 3/4" drawer width. Once you add a 1/2" (standard) drawer slide on each side, that's a width of 16 3/4". However, the distance between the (blue highlighted in plans) drawer slide attachment points is 17". If you build these per the plans, your drawer slides won't work. One side will slide on the drawer slide, and the other side will be 1/4" off the slide.

I built a very nice set of these nightstands in hardwood, and had to compromise the end result by adding a 1/8" spacer shim on each side of the drawers in order for them to slide properly.

So, yeah, Ana, next time why don't you try building something before you just post up plans.

For anyone wanting to build these, only two dimensions need to be changed: the drawer backs need to be cut to 16" instead of 15 3/4", and the drawer bottoms need to be cut to 14 1/2" instead of 14 1/4". That will take up the 1/4" of slack that Ana inexplicably put in the plans, and your drawers will slide perfectly. No point in spending $150 on wood to recreate an $800 pair of nightstands and having to adds nasty-looking shims at the last minute! Avoid the frustration I'm having!