Introduction: DIY Modern Side Table
I wanted a side table to put next to my futon, so I went to Home Depot, bought some lumber, and this was the result. It turned out way better than I expected!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Finished Pine 2"x2"
- Prelaminated wooden board for the top
- Weathered Gray Stain from Varathane
- Gorilla Wood Glue
MY TOOLS (affiliate):
Propane Torch: https://amzn.to/2D5XiUe
Miter Saw: https://thd.co/2AM0D8H
Drill (Tool Only): https://thd.co/2AM0D8H
Kreg Jig: https://thd.co/2AM0D8H
Corner Clamp: https://thd.co/2AM0D8H
Step 2: Measure and Cut
First I measured and cut the legs for the table, 20" was high enough for my table.
Step 3: Square Up the Legs
I didn't cut them perfectly, so I had to even them out on the belt sander.
Step 4: Cut the Horizontals
Then I cut my horizontal pieces, the length you cut these too is going to dictate the size of the top of your table. I cut mine to 11".
Step 5: Assemble the Legs
To assemble the legs, I used one of my favorite tools, the pocket hole jig.
Step 6: Sand
After I had them screwed together, I used my orbital sander to sand the legs.
Step 7: Cut the Top
I cut my top out of this really big piece of pre-laminated board, this is a great option for anyone who doesn't have the clamps and tools to laminate their own board together.
Step 8: More Sanding
Then before the next step, I sanded the top to make sure it's smooth.
Step 9: Burn It!
This was my favorite part of this project. I used my propane torch to burn the grain of the wood and gave it a really cool zebra look.
Step 10: Stain the Legs
I used Varathane's Weathered Grey Stain on the legs, this color is really up to you and what matches your furniture.
Step 11: Glue the Top On
I was originally going to brad nail it, but I didn't want to ruin the surface finish, so I just glued it on.
Step 12: Spray Finish
I used Varathane's water-based Satin spray on finish.I didn't want this thing to be too shiny, it turned out perfect with the satin finish.
Step 13: You're Done!
And that's it, now enjoy your side table, and make sure to use a coaster so you don't leave rings!