How To Make a Simple Scrap Wood End Table

How To Make a Simple Scrap Wood End Table

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Rebecca Blumhagen
Feb 26, 2014
If you have ever built a piece of furniture for your home, you know the unparalleled joy it can bring you (no matter how fancy or not fancy that piece of furniture is.) Today, Ben Light brings us the simplest of DIY furniture how-tos - How to Build a Simple Scrap Wood End Table. Enjoy!

How to Make a Simple Scrap Wood End Table
(With Ben Light!)

Step 1:

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The idea is to make a table out of whatever you have on hand, so these dimensions are flexible, depending on what you have!

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

If you have a great flat piece of wood that is around 15" x 23", those are perfect dimensions for a standard end table top.

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

Table height can be anywhere from 22" to 30". I had a 50" piece of scrap wood and cut it in half, so the table was roughly 25" tall.

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

The front and back pieces of your table should be the same length as your top, so in this case, 23".

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)
The table is made from a flat table surface, two long legs, two cross pieces under the table surface, and one diagonal cross piece (We'll cut this to size at the end).

Step 2:

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Cut the legs to size. Take special care that they are the same length.

Step 3:

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Drill 3-5 pocket screw holes in each of the front and back pieces, and two pocket screw holes in the top of each leg.

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(I explain the usefulness of a pocket screw in the video!)

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

Step 4:

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First, screw the legs in to your tabletop surface.

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)
(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)
(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

Then, screw the front and back pieces to the table legs.

(Image credit: Abby Ballin & Rebecca Blumhagen)

Lay the diagonal cross piece diagonally along the back of the table. Mark off and cut to length. Screw the cross piece into both legs.

(Image credit: Sara Oliveira)
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Sand the table with an orbital sander. Start with 120 grit and work your way up to 220. You can paint, oil, or leave your tables raw.

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• The Star: Ben Light is a New York-based maker, designer, and Cash Cab contestant. Ben's work has appeared in the Museum of Arts and Design, the MoMA Design Store, and on the shelves at Crate & Barrel. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Ben may love his lathe just a little too much.

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