end table woodworking plans
3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” and 2 ½” PH screws
2” nails or screws for attaching shelves
countersink drill bit
4 – 2×2 @ 23 3/4″
4 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″ (cut these to the width of your 1×12, expected to be 11 1/4″)
3 – 2×2 @ 37”
1 – 1×12 @ 40”
1 – 1×12 @ 42”
2 – 1×3 @ 42”
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. 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.
First build two of the legs.
Then join the two legs up with the side aprons and bottom support. The bottom support will make sure your bottom shelf doesn’t sag.
Now add your bottom shelf – super easy – just screw through the bottom supports into underside of shelf.
And then build your top first with 3/4″ PHs (pocket holes) and 1 1/4″ PH screws (pocket hole screws) and attach same as the bottom shelf. Note: I used 3/4″ plywood for the top instead – you can do that too!
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.