How to Make a Mid Century Modern Accent Table




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In this instructables I am going to build this Mid Century Accent table.

Check out the video for a more in depth instructions.

The inspiration behind this build pretty simple. I wanted to build a quick table that looks good and was useful. I wanted a place to put a tv in a bedroom and this was my solution. Very simple design with storage.

Step 1: Everything You Need

For all the cut dimensions see below


(2) Top and Bottom = 39.5 inches X 14 inches

(1) Back = 38 1/8 inches X 4 inches

(2) Side = 14 inches X 4 inches

(1) Drawer Support = 13.25 inches x 4 inches


(1) Bottom = 17.5 inches X 11 1/8 inches

(2) Front Back = 18 1/8 inches X 3.5 inches

(2) Side= 11 3/8 inches X 3.5 inches

(1) Door = 3 7/8 inches X18.5 inches

(2) Tracks = 5/8 inches x 12x/ 3/8 inches


(4) Legs

(1) Leg attachment plates set of 4

(1) Pull Handle

Step 2: Cutting

I wasn't working off of a plan so I only cut what I needed.

I started by cutting the top and the bottom. I rip the back and the sides.

Next the back of the cabinet site inside the the two side.

The inner drawer support sit inside. So I cut a piece of wood that sit flush to the sides.

Step 3: Building the Drawer

I used wooden tracks to keep the cost down you can also use drawer slide if you like that option better. Which means your draw dimension may be different.

I cut all the paces to the drawer based on measurements below.

(1) Bottom = 17.5 inches X 11 1/8 inches

(2) Front Back = 18 1/8 inches X 3.5 inches

(2) Side= 11 3/8 inches X 3.5 inches

(1) Door = 3 7/8 inches X18.5 inches

(2) Tracks = 5/8 inches x 12x 3/8 inches

I made a rabbet cut on the both side of the face and back of the drawer using a router. The two side will sit in the rabbet cuts.

Sand everything down before assembling. I then glue and put the drawer together.

I clamp it using a strap

After the box was dried I created the track slides in the drawer on the router table.

Step 4: Sanding

I sand all the wood sections and legs prior to assembling this will make your life a lot easier.

Set the legs up on a piece of wood, then tape off the hardware.

I applied 3 light coats of black gloss spray paint

Step 5: Attaching the Back and Sides

All sides are glued and clamped. I added a couple nails on each ends. You can use screws if you don't have a nail gun, Just cover the screws heads with wood filler.

I put the drawer on the left side if you like the right then that's ok too.

I inserted the inner drawer support glued and nailed that as well. I use a speed square to make sure sure this piece is parallel to the sides.

Step 6: Installing the Drawer

I placed a piece of 1/4in plywood as spacer to lift the drawers.

Place the drawer in the opening on top of the spacers then slide the tracks in slots.

Take a piece of wood to emulate the door cover. Use this piece of wood to push the track back. The goal is to have the door flush with the opening when its closed. Then nail this piece into to place. An alternative is to pre-drill and use screws .

To now attached the drawer door I used some mending plates as spacers to help center. Which lift the door so I can attach it to the drawer box.

Now use two screws to attach inside the drawer and two at the bottom.

Step 7: Adding the Top

Add glue around the perimeter of the top. Put the top in place and add a few nails.

Clamp and let sit. During this stage I added the legs then removed them prior to painting. My reasoning is If I make a mistake or need to change something the time is now.

Step 8: Applying the Finish

Use wood filler to fill in nail holes and then sand again.

Apply 2 coats of white paint.

Reinstall the hardware and legs.

I wasn't sure what color to paint the inside so that why I painted it last. I settled for black and I love the look.

Step 9: Final Touch

Even though I could have used my tape measure to find the center. I like to give tips and tricks during builds when ever I can. I used a sting tape diagonal from one corner to coner as shown in picture. Where ever the lines cross that's your center.

Drill out the hole for the pull handle screw and install.

Since i'm using this for a tv stand I drilled a hole in the back to pass the wires through for my cable box. That is it for this project.


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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Great little table and terrific building tips, thanks!


    2 years ago

    I grew up in the mid-Century, and this sort of furniture was very common. I miss it, and happy you are bringing it back! This table is gorgeous! Just BEAUTIFUL!

    Pierce U

    2 years ago

    could this be done with one 4×8 sheet of plywood

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    2 years ago

    I wish that I could work wood like you do. It looks great.


    2 years ago

    Great photos!