Thinking of getting a fabulously sleek side table for the living room or bedroom? Why buy one when you can make one using el cheapo materials like plywood? Plywood makes a terrific furniture material because it’s durable, affordable, and it looks like real solid wood.
Today’s small apartment DIY is by themerrythought.com and as always, it’s easy to make using basic materials. The dimensions of the cut plywood are listed below the tutorial so you can have the plywood cut from the hardware store to save time. Are you ready to make your own side table? Let’s get started:
You will need:
3 pcs. 17 1/4″ x 17 1/4″ birch plywood squares
2 pcs. 17 1/4″ x 15 7/8″ birch plywood squares
1 5/8″ Screws
Step 1: Crafting the Square Top
The first two 17 1/4″ square plywood pieces will be used as the top and bottom of the side table. Using a measuring table, measure 5 ¼ inches from the front and the back, mark these points and then drill holes at each point. Measure 7/16 inches from the sides, mark these points and then drill holes at each mark. The pre-drilled holes along the plywood squares will be used to connect these pieces to the rest of the wood squares during assembly. Use a countersink bit at each hole.
Line the top wood and bottom wood squares with the sidepiece squares, making sure the side, front, and back are perfectly aligned. Drill holes into the sidepieces by drilling through the existing holes on the top of the wood square through the sides then connecting both pieces using 1 5/8 inches screws.
Step 2: Attaching the Wood Pieces
Before connecting the bottom wood piece with the sidepieces, measure 3.5 inches from all corners and then mark these points. Pre-drill a hole at each marked point and use the countersink bit at each hole. The pre-drilled holes will be used to attach the table legs.
Finally, connect the bottom piece to the sidepieces by drilling 1 5/8 inches screws. Connect the bottom piece to the sidepieces, measure 3.5 inches from all corners and then mark these points. Pre-drill a hole at each marked point and use the countersink bit at each hole.
Step 3: Installing the Dowel Pieces
Using a measuring tape, cut the dowel into four pieces, each one measuring 11 ½ inches. The measurements and cutting have to be precise to ensure stability. Measure and mark the center of each dowel piece then drill a hole at the marked spot. Attach each dowel piece to the marked points of the bottom piece using 3 inches screws. Now attach the bottom piece to the connected top and sidepieces using 1 5/8 inches screws. At this point, the square top of the table, as well as the table legs, should be connected.
The final step is to connect the last 17 ¼ inches wood square to one side of the square top. This piece will serve as the back cover of the table. Make sure the wood piece lines perfectly to the sides. Using a measuring tape, measure and mark 7/16 inches from each of the four corners of the square top. Pre-drill holes at the marked points then use the countersink bit at each hole. Attach and secure the final wood square to the back of the table with 1 5/8 inch screws. To strengthen the frame of the table, don’t forget to fill the screws with wood filler. Let the wood filler dry completely then sand the whole table down until nice and smooth.
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