How to Build an End Table


If there is one thing in a house that there never seems to be enough of, it is flat surfaces upon which to place our everyday items. End tables rank at the top of this list. Many homeowners are building their own because they want to be sure to get exactly what they want. Anybody with a little knowledge of woodworking and power tools should be able to put together any type of the end table they desire.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-6 inch lumber 1-by-4 inch lumber Table legs Radial arm saw Wood glue Drill 1 ¼-inch drywall screws
  • Measure and cut enough 1-by-6-inch lumber to create the desired length and width of the end tabletop. Set these aside.

  • Measure and cut two pieces of 1-by-6-inch.lumber 4-inches.shorter than the length of the tabletop. Apply wood glue to the top of a table leg and secure it to one of these pieces with the 1 ¼-inch drywall screws aligning it in a corner. Repeat this process on the other end of this piece and then repeat the whole process with the other 1-by-6-inch lumber that you just cut.

  • Measure and cut two pieces of the 1-by-4 inch lumber the same length as the 1-by-6 that you cut in Step 2. Next, Measure and cut two pieces of the 1-by-4-inch lumber that is 4 inches narrower than the table's width.

  • Apply glue to the outside edge of the 1-by-6 that is attached to the legs. Secure the 1-by-4 that is the same length with the 1 ¼- inch drywall screws. Repeat this for the other piece that has legs attached to it.

  • Apply glue to the top of two of the legs so that you can secure one of the 1-by-4s that is 4-inches narrower than the table's width. Secure these with the 1 ¼-inch drywall screws. This will result in creating a base upon which to install your top pieces.

  • Lay the 1-by-6-inch tabletop pieces next to each other with the top facing down. Place the base of your table on top of the pieces that were cut for the tabletop. Space the tabletop pieces as you desire and draw a line around the perimeter of the base on the bottom side of the top pieces.

  • Remove the base from the tabletop pieces and run a bead of glue on the inside of the line. Place the base back onto the tabletop pieces aligning it with the lines that you drew. Secure the base to the tabletop pieces with the 1 ¼-inch drywall screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses. Sand the table with 100 grit sandpaper before applying a finish.
  • Do not allow excess glue to dry. Do not apply stain or paint in an unventilated area.

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