DIY Modern Side Table




Introduction: DIY Modern Side Table

About: Maker based in ATL, I love to make new things and learn along the way. I want to share my learning experiences with others so they can be inspired to make the things they want as well.

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:

Miter Saw:

Drill (Tool Only):


Kreg Jig:

Corner Clamp:

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!

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    I have never actually glued a top to the base because of wood expansion. Did your top on the end table remain intact or did it eventually separate?

    This lovely table looks pretty and the size is just right for a side table. Nowadays, it is all about minimalism and being modern means having less which is actually more.


    3 years ago

    I finally have a reason to buy a torch. This is such a great look!

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I've had one as long as I can remember, it's a super handy tool!


    3 years ago on Step 13

    This looks fantastic! Definately inspired me to try this.


    3 years ago

    That zebra effect is excellent. And now that we (thank you!) know how to achieve this look, somebody could do a full piece with that look intentionally... hmmm! The gears are turning! : )

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    3 years ago

    I really love that burned look on the wood :)

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you! I wasn't sure how it was gonna trun out, but I really love the look!