In this Instructable I'll show you how to make a modern end table. It's a great skill builder as I used tapers, continuous miters, and dowel joinery.
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Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials
- JET 18-36 Drum Sander
- JET 8” Jointer
- JET 2hp Dust Collector
- JET Parallel Clamps
- Self centering dowel jig
- Dowel points
- Flush cut saw
- Card scraper
- Tablesaw (or circular saw)
- Miter saw
- Random Orbital Sander
- Cordless Drill
- Brad Nailer
Step 2: Make the Mitered Box for the Top
The top of the end table is a mitered box. I made the box with two panel glue up.
I cut the panels to size then put a 45 degree miter along the length of each panel then used tape across the miter joints. I applied glue to the joints then rolled up the assembly.
To clamp the box I used strap clamps and ratchet straps which worked great.
Step 3: Cut the Legs and Joints for the Base
The base is made from legs and a top stretcher that are joined by miter joints. I tapered each leg on the tablesaw using a taper jig. Then I took the legs to the miter saw and cut a 40 degree miter on each leg as well as the top leg supports.
The angles together give a 10 degree splay on the legs. After the top miters are cut I trimmed the legs to 18-1/4" in length with a 10 degree bevel on the foot.
Step 4: Join and Assemble the Legs
I laid out the dowel joinery for the legs using dowel joinery.
Clamping blocks with 10 degree angles on them will allow you to clamp the legs easily.
Step 5: Cut the Aprons and Join the Sides
I cut two aprons to join the leg assemblies, using 10 degree bevels on the top and bottom.
I drilled dowels holes in the ends of the aprons and transferred the holes to the leg assembly using dowel points.
Then I drilled dowel holes in the leg assemblies and assembled the whole base using dowels, glue and clamps.
Step 6: Build the Drawer
With the base drying I built the drawer.
I used simple brad nail and glue joinery. I reinforced the joints with dowels for extra strength.
The bottom of the drawer is 1/4" plywood and glued and nailed to the bottom.
I put a 45 degree chamfer on the underside of the drawer to hide the plywood bottom.
Step 7: Cut the Drawer Front and Attach
I installed the drawer in the top with 16" drawer slides per manufacturer recommendations.
Then I cut a false drawer front and made a notched handle for it on the tablesaw.
To center and mount the drawer I used playing cards to shim the drawer then attached it to the front with screws.
Step 8: Attach the Back and Final Assembly
I cut a rabbet in the back of the table to hold a 1/4" plywood back panel. Then attached the back with brad nails.
I attached the top to the base with figure eight fasteners leaving a 3/4" overhang on the front and the back.
Step 9: Wrap Up
I'm loving the way this piece turned out and it was a great skill builder!
You can get detailed plans for this build at my website: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/modern-diy-end-table-plans/
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