Easy Little End Tables in 2 Hours





Introduction: Easy Little End Tables in 2 Hours

I spent forever shopping for end tables that were small enough to fit on either sides of our bed. There's not much room between the sides of the bed and the wall one one side, and a patio door on the other side. I finally gave up and decided to make my own.

Step 1: Rip Apart Two Pallets

Get rid of any nails and sand the boards down a bit.

Step 2: Make the Legs

Cut the cross pieces exactly in half (this turned out to be exactly the height I wanted). This will give you 12, but you only need 8.

Step 3: Make the Tops

I cut 3 boards exactly in half (or whatever width of the table you want). I wanted them narrower so they'd fit on either side of our bed. Cutting them exactly in half gave me about the size I wanted.

Cut 4 smaller pieces to make a box underneath your table top. Screw them together so they form a cap.

Step 4: Stick'em Together

Screw the legs inside the 4 corners of the caps.

You can make another 'cap' or shelf to sit further down if you want. It adds a little more stability and it looks nice. It's exactly the same idea as building the top cap, just measure and make it a little smaller with no overhang.

The scraps in the front of the 2nd picture are all that's left of 2 pallets. Not bad.

Step 5: Sand and Stain

Or paint.. or just leave them - whatever suits your fancy :)

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Hi John, sorry for the slow reply. I actually don't remember! We have a million different leftover screws from various projects and I probably just grabbed what was easy and what made sense to me. Likely 2 - 2.5 wood screws of some non-special variety.

(2 - 2.5 inches that is)

So, just a couple of daft questions: 1) where do you get pallets? 2) I love the look of your finished table. What kind of stain/finish did you use on it? It really looks awesome.

Hey ToddR66, sorry for the delayed reply. My husband picked up a bunch of free pallets from the back of a UPS warehouse. I honestly don't remember what stain it was...I had a few leftover cans of various types. My best guess is it was probably a walnut gel stain that I just ragged on to give them some colour.

The base was first stained with 1/3 provincial and 2/3 gray mixed together and applied liberally with a sponge brush. I let it set for about an hour and then applied a 50/50 coat of black enamel thinned with mineral spirits. I wiped this coat on with a rag loosely to allow it to streak on to the surface to darken up the gray but still allow the base layer to shine through.

Dear NatalieL2,
The project looks fairly simple. Im just not as crafty as I'd like.

If it's not to much trouble can you please brake down Step 4: Stick'Em Together. I just want to make sure I do it right.

Sure. If you look at the end of Step 3, you'll see where the tabletop or "cap" is put together - basically a square box, and the table top pieces sitting across the top of of the square. Then in Step 4, I laid the cap on the ground (upside-down) and placed the 4 legs inside the box, one in each corner, and then screwed them in place. Then you can turn it over and stand it up. If you want to add the shelf like I did half way down the legs, measure the inside dimensions (how far apart are the legs from each other?) and make another "cap" that size. The lower shelf or "cap" will just be a bit smaller than the table top one, and make it with no overhang,... ie: cut the top pieces to the exact length of your square box. Does this help you? Sorry I'm not very technical at all and tend to go very much by feel.

Great job! You have inspired me also. I was looking for some nice end tables as well. These will look great in my small space. Tks for the 'ible.

Will certainly be making these in the spring. When I'm able to get at the pallets. At the moment they are buried under snow. :-(

Thank you :) Glad you like them. They were surprisingly simple and I loved that I could just cut just about everything in half and stick it together without doing much measuring. I'm all for cutting corners and doing everything super simply! And I understand about spring - my pile of pallets is all under snow right now too!