"Tidy Up" End Table

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Free plans to build a tidy up side table!

Hi everyone! 

Well, we are making our way home from a week long camping trip through Alaska - warning photo overload of Seward Alaska here - and I have been missing building so so much!  I know, I am crazy.  To be out camping in Alaska in July ... and miss building!  Enough fluffy marshmallows, I want to BUILD something already!  But only you would understand!

I am so grateful to share with you today a new plan to match our "Tidy Up" Coffee Table - from Brooke from Killer B Designs.

Here's from Brooke:

I've been making a lot of the Tidy Up Coffee Tables lately, and got a request for a matching end table. I used mostly scraps from the apothecary table we just finished, and stained it to match my "old" table that's on its way to a new home.

Brooke's Apothecary Coffee Table

Brooke, thank you so much for sharing - I know many of us - myself included - have Tidy Up Coffee Tables, and this end table is just perfect to match!  A big basket or door could be added easily!

Please stop over and check out lots more photos from Brooke on building this end table!  Thanks again Brooke!

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

• 4 - 2x2 @ 23 1/4 (legs)
• 5 - 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (front and back trim/support)
• 6 - 1x6 @ 14 1/4" (sides)
- 3 - 1x6 @ 11 1/4" (bottom shelf)
• 4 - 1x2 @ 16 1/2" (side trim)
• 3 - 1x6 @ 22" (top)

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

Start by building the two sides by attaching with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws and glue. Then add the bottom trim. You can also add top trim too.

TIP: Drill 3/4" PHs along sides for attaching legs in next step before nailing on trim to make drilling easier.

Step 2

Now attach legs flush to top.

Step 3

Build bottom shelf as you did the sides. Drill 3/4" PHs around all sides of the bottom shelf. Attach to sides.

Step 4

Attach the 2x2 supports as shown above. Use 1 1/4" PH screws to attach bottom shelf to the end trim through holes you predrilled in step 3.

Step 5

Step 6

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.


Derrick (not verified)

Sun, 08/12/2012 - 18:02

If you don't mind me asking, what stain and or staining technique did you use? It looks great. I would like to try refinishing my own side tables that way.