Rustic X End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:03
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Build a Rustic X End Table from 2x4s and lumber! Free easy step by step plans from

Hi everyone!!!

What a treat we have today!

Remember this beautiful X Console Table, built by Hillary?

And then this beautiful X Coffee Table, also built by Hillary?

Well, Hillary used up her scraps and built X End Tables!!!!!

And we've got the plans right here!!!

PS - Love Hillary's Oxidized Finish? Get the step by step tutorial here!

PSSSS - Did you notice the beautiful black entertainment center in the background of Hillary's living room?

Those plans are available in our book!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 3 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
corner bracket hardware
decorative bolts
2 1/2" and 1 1/4" PH screws
wood glue

Cut List

8 - 2X4 @ 22 1/2"
4 - 2X2 @ 16"
2 - 1X12 @ 16"
4 - 2x2 @ 13 1/4" (Longest edge, one end cut at 50 degrees off square, other end cut at 10 degrees off square, see diagram)
5 - 2x6 @ 27"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
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

Start by building two ends as depicted in diagrams. You can also attach with countersunk 2 1/2" screws and glue.

NOTE: Yellow board width should be 22 1/2"

Step 2

Next attach the 2x2 sides.

Step 3

And then build your bottom shelf and attach to bottom of console.

Step 4

Now it's time to fit your cross braces. A standard miter saw should cut a 50 degree angle off square. If not, you will need to mark it with a square (remember 50 degrees is off square, so that means the angle off the board edge would be 40 degrees. Another trick is to just hold the board in place, mark the angles, and cut :) These aren't support boards or anything like that, so some glue and a few nails or countersunk screws from top/bottom will do the trick!

Step 5

Step 6

Next build your top ... and attach in place with countersunk 2 1/2" screws. If you have the PH screws on hand, I just use a few of those!

Step 7

And then add the decorative hardware!

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.



Wed, 08/15/2012 - 13:33

I am DYING for your book! It feels like forever away. I'm so eager to get my hands on it so I can go lumber shopping ;) Just a few days ago I was musing, "I really need to get some nails." My husband quips, "You know, most girls mean a manicure. You're the only one I know who is talking about a nail gun!"

Cheryl Lowery (not verified)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 09:41

And how about some lovely benches to go with that dining table...?
I would definitely build the whole Rustic X Collection!!

Hillary (not verified)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 14:02

Just FYI for anyone thinking about building this to go next to a sure to measure the height of the arms of your sofa first. I think my sofa arms might be abnormally high, and the table was designed to fit my sofa. You might need to take an inch or two off the legs to make it fit right. :)

Kate (not verified)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 17:04

You're killing me with all of the X furniture, I love it all so much! I'm actually considering modifying the design to create a changing table for my coming baby!