I got a 2x12 for free at Lowes a few weeks ago, it had to be cut in half in order to move it and was quite beat up. I didn’t know what to do with it but wanted to try something new and more challenging. I finally decided to make a small end table.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Tools that I used:

  • Jobsite Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Hammer
  • Chisels
  • Lots of clamps
  • Planer
  • Drill Press
  • Tape Measure


  • A 2x12
  • Glue
  • Various screws
<p>super nice! Thanks for the details. I'm a visual learner, I usually have to see pictures to learn a project better. The details and photographs help a ton. Thanks for taking the time. The table is simple and you certainly make it seem easy. </p><p>I do have a question though, when do you give nominal measurements and when do you give actual dimensions? I'm learning carpentry.</p>
<p>Glad you liked it! I'm not really sure as i've only been into woodworking a few months now. </p>
<p>very nice! i want to make something like this, i recently built a bed frame for my son, but how did you get the free board? lol i am always down for free lumber</p>
<p>We just go to lowes/homedepot and ask if they have any scrap wood, usually they give it to us for free although sometimes they charge us a few bucks. It's still a steal though!</p>
<p>It if can dent easily, you can add something on top - maybe glass, or just a harder wood. </p><p>If you have some birch plywood, you can carve in the top, and glue the plywood so it doesn't even stick out, hopefully, if that makes sense... :)</p>

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