As promised, this week I’m sharing my Pottery Barn-inspired Modern End Table. This beauty matches perfectly with my modern coffee table I shared last week. You can get the plans for that build here. But just to recap, here’s a quick view of the coffee table….
And the modern end table we’re building this week….
Again, such a solid piece with clean lines and a gorgeous finish.
HOW TO BUILD A MODERN END TABLE
(Instructions are based on a 22″ depth x 24″ wide; 21″ tall end table) If building a different size, be sure to adjust measurements accordingly).
Wood Needed for Modern End Table:
1- 4×8 sheet of quality plywood
3- 2x4x8 pine boards
Materials Needed for Modern Coffee Table:
GRK Wood Screws 1 1/2″ (any brand wood screw will work; just sharing my favorite here)
Finish (I.E. paint/stain/poly) (If building for an outdoor space, be sure to use exterior poly)
Here’s a list of the Finish products I used:
Table saw (OPTIONAL)
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NOTE: If you’ve never used a Kreg Jig, here’s a great tutorial. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend buying one. You will use it all the time in the DIY realm! And it makes builds so much easier! Amazon has a great price for them! Here’s the link!!
Step One: Make all of your cuts
Cut four 2×4’s at 22 1/2″
Cut four 2×4’s at 17″
Cut four 2×4’s at 13 1/2″
Step Two: Drill pocket holes
Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes on both ends of your 17″ and 13 1/2″ boards…
Step Three: Build base and top
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach two 13 1/2″ boards to two 22 1/2″ boards. You should now have a rectangle that looks like this…
Repeat the above step and now you have your base and top…
Step Four: Attach risers
Attach the four risers (17″ boards) to the base, using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Notice the placement of these boards onto the base. Be sure to place them as I have them in the picture below….
Step Five: Attach the top
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the top….
You now have your frame for your modern end table and are ready to start wrapping it with plywood.
Step Six: Wrap frame with plywood
Cut plywood to fit each section and attach using 1 1/2″ wood screws. I found it easiest to attach in the following order:
Sides (front and back)…
Front and back of end table…
Top and bottom shelf of end table…
Step Seven: Detail work
Fill in all of the screw holes with wood filler and sand when dry. Sand entire table, using a 60-grit and then 220-grit.
Cover up all of the raw edges of the plywood with edge-banding. See modern coffee table post, if you’re unsure how to attach the edge-banding. Your modern end table should now look like this…
Step Eight: Ready for stain
Now you’re ready for stain.
Brush on Pre-Stain first and let it dry.
Then apply Tinsmith Gray and wipe off excess. Allow to dry.
Apply Special Walnut next and wipe off excess. Allow to dry.
Give it 2-3 coats polyurethane.
When finished, it will look like this….
I love the color of this modern end table in between my neutral couches….
Back side view…
These two modern furniture pieces complement one another very well…
PIN IT FOR LATER….
Until next week,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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