Side Table

Wood Shim Side Table with Tapered Mid-Century Modern Legs

DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black.

The top of this side table is made of ordinary cedar wood shims, and the legs are customized Mid-Century Modern tapered Waddell brand legs.


DIY side table made with an upcycled wood shim table top and modified Waddell mid-century modern tapered table legs painted black

The “wood shim wall art” project started as a “table top for a small side table” project.  But, a couple of things happened along the way.  I made the wood shim table top and had DIY legs in mind, but after I got the legs made I decided 1) the legs were very difficult to make, and 2) the legs didn’t look great with the table top.  So I scrapped the legs and set the table top against a wall and decided to wait for inspiration on the legs.  Over the next few months, I tried several leg styles, but wasn’t happy with any of them.  No, it’s not all butterflies, bunny rabbits, and rainbows in the DIY Furniture Studio! (more…)

Live Edge Tree Slice Side Table with Legs made of Lamp Pipe

 

DIY Live edge tree slice side table with standalone legs made of lamp pipe, brass flanges, and brass ball feet.

This live-edge tree slice table is made from a horizontal cut of the trunk of a mulberry tree.  I made the legs, my new version of DIY industrial pipe legs, from steel lamp pipe and brass fittings.


DIY tree stump table mulberry wood grain on table top
DIY industrial pipe legs made of lamp pipe and brass flanges with brass ball feet
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As I mentioned in the “About” section, I originally became interested in making furniture in order to furnish our three-season sunroom. I intended to rehabilitate the sunroom from being a storage area, and before that when the kids were little, a playroom.  (I say “intended” because the sunroom is now my workshop studio.)  I was looking for furniture that I could make, having limited skills, tools, and budget.  The first type of furniture that caught my eye was the live-edge style.  “Live edge” refers to furniture where the natural edge of the wood is incorporated into the design of the piece.  It was popularized by George Nakashima in the middle of the last century.  Live-edge furniture can be deceptively complex, with emphasis on craftsmanship, sanding, and finishing.  Because of the limitations I mentioned, I am making simple live-edge tables made of a “slice” of the tree, with legs.  It is an uncomplicated style, rustic and elegant all rolled together!

The Live Edge Side Table project has six main parts:

  • Finding, Choosing, and Drying Wood
  • Removing Bark
  • Optional: Leveling Tree Slice with Router
  • Sanding and Finishing
  • Making the Lamp Pipe Legs
  • Attaching the Legs to the Tree Slice

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Easy DIY Patriotic Crate Side Table

Make an Easy Crate Side Table.

This easy-to-make rustic side table is made of a wooden crate turned upside down and simple wooden legs that are attached inside the crate. I had fun decorating it with a red, white, and blue theme in honor of the Fourth of July holiday here in the States.  Decorated to your liking, it could be a lovely side table for use in a child’s bedroom, in a nook by the recliner, or even as a plant stand next to a sunny window.


 

DIY patriotic red, white, and blue side table made with a crate turned upside down and wood legs.
DIY crate side table red and white crate with white star.
DIY furniture side table crate.

 

This is an easy DIY furniture project that can be made in less than a day, and that includes paint and glue dry times!  Here we go.

The Easy DIY Patriotic Crate Side Table project has four parts:

  • Cut, sand, and finish the legs
  • Paint and distress the crate
  • Attach the legs to the crate
  • Make the star, paint, and attach to the crate

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Easy IKEA Hack Side Table: Frosta Stool + Aptitlig Chopping Board

DIY side table project ikea hack.  Frosta stool legs and Aptitlig chopping board table top.

Here is another easy DIY side table and my first IKEA hack. (Well, it’s my second IKEA hack if you count the mid-century modern inspired cement replacement sofa legs. Check the cement legs project out here.) For this DIY furniture project I used the legs from an IKEA Frosta stool.  The IKEA Aptitlig chopping board made a great bamboo table top to go with the interesting Frosta bentwood legs.


 

Easy IKEA Hack DIY side table made with frosta stool and aptitlig chopping board

I decided to do another project for my new “Easy” category of furniture-making adventures.  I’m really enjoying getting projects done in quick order and hope you appreciate it too!

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Bamboo Legs Revisited: Two New Looks

DIY side table made with upcycled bamboo garden stake legs.  I paired the bamboo legs with a simple pine board table top.
DIY side table made with upcycled bamboo garden stake legs.  I paired the bamboo legs with an interesting plastic cutting board as the table top.

Previously, I used these bamboo legs in a nightstand project. I liked the legs so much that I wanted to show you two new stylish side tables using the same bamboo legs.


Both of the table tops are easy to make.  The first is a pine board that I sanded and finished.  The second is a cutting board that I unpackaged.  It doesn’t get much easier!

I have broken this post into three parts:

  • Making the bamboo legs and base
  • Making the pine board and bamboo leg side table
  • Making the plastic cutting board and bamboo leg side table

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