Tryed Side Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 23:00
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Following numerous requests, here are plans for the Hyde Side Table. This plan matches the plans for the Tryde Coffee Table and the Tryde Console Table. Made of solid wood in a rustic planked design, you will be shocked at just how beautiful 2x4s can be. This sturdy easy to build end table will add character and a natural aspect to your living space. Also can be used as a nightstand. Features sturdy solid wood legs and a large top with breadboard ends.



Shopping List

1 – 4×4 Post, 8 feet long 1 – 1×4, 8 feet long 2 – 2×4, stud length or 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 – 4×4 Posts @ 22 1/2” (Legs) B) 4 – 1×4 @ 2 1/4″ (Spacers) C) 2 – 1×4 @ 16 1/2″ (Top Leg Supports) D) 4 – 1×4 @ 12″ (Apron) E) 2 – 2×4 @ 21″ (Breadboard Ends) F) 6 – 2×4 @ 14″ (Tabletop Pieces)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards, except you may wish to cut the tabletop boards after taking an exact measurment of your table in step 7. Make sure you get nice straight cuts. Either use a miter saw, chop saw, or mark your boards with a square and cut with a handheld saw. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit. Before attaching any boards, mark where the attaching board will fit. Always use glue. Use 2 1/2″ screws unless otherwise directed. Take a square of the project after each step (see HOW-TO section). Work on a clean level surface.


Step 1

1. Spacers. Fasten the spacers to the legs, as shown above. Notice how the spacers will all be placed in different positions depending on the leg postion. Take note of this as you fasten the spacers to the legs.

Step 2

2. Top Leg Support. Attach the top leg support as shown above. Use the meausrements to guide you. Also make sure you screw into the spacer and the legs.

Step 3

3. Aprons. Attach the side aprons as shown above in green. Keep top edges flush.

Step 4

4. Aprons. Attach the remaining aprons as shown above. Keep top edges flush.

Step 5

Step 6

6. Tabletop Pieces. Attach the tabletop pieces as shown above. Keep the gaps between the boards minimal. If you are having a problem with the gaps, add a tabletop support piece as done in the Hyde Console Table, step 5, and attach the tabletop pieces from underneath.

Step 7

7. Toenailing. Make sure you secure the ends of the tabletop pieces to the breadboard ends as shown above. Screw at an angle from the tabletop pieces into the breadboard ends.

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Michael (not verified)

Sun, 03/28/2010 - 04:33

Ah, sweet irony. Pygmy Princess pointed out your spelling error but made one herself in the process. "Hi Ana,
This site is amazing... been addicted since stumbling on it a few weeks ago! I HATE to be the spelling police but thought that I should point out that its "Tried" in "Tried and True" as opposed to "Tryed"... thought that might help...."

She used "its" in its possessive form, when she intended to use it as a contraction: "it's".

Besides being a great website to get up to speed on one's grammar and spelling, we shouldn't lose sight if it's loose flattery of PB's over-priced originals. You're doing a great job, Anna!

Michael (not verified)

Sun, 03/28/2010 - 04:37

Umm.... "we shouldn't lose sight OF ITS loose flattery...".

This spelling police business is tough work.

sky (not verified)

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 05:10

I've just found your blog, and i love the desings, the explanations, the simple way you have to show something taht useful, thaks ana... hi from mexico!!!

natenapril (not verified)

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 17:21

Thanks Ana for the great site. We are also Alaskans and we struggle with the lack of options in stores to buy furniture. And you know the issue with shipping up here!! Thanks to your site we have completed the Tryde console Table and are tackling 2 of the end stands this weekend!

Danielle Bennett (not verified)

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 10:02

Hi Ana,
I love your blog and have just now got up enough courage to build something! My first project will be this side table. My problem is, I can not find 4*4's in un-pressure treated wood ANYWHERE. I have checked every home depot and lowes as well as every Lumber store. Is this weird? Do you or anyone else have any suggestions? I live in Nashville, TN.

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:21

We ran accross the same problem. We ended up using a Fir 4X4 and it worked great. We used a red mahogany stain. Not sure how lighter stains would look. I was afraid the red look of the Fir would show but other than the grain difference no one would notice.

jordanriver27 (not verified)

Sat, 09/11/2010 - 21:18

Thanks for the plans. This was my first project and with the use of the plans and some help from my brother who worked as a carpenter I was able to make a great side table for a fraction of the actual cost!