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Making a Wooden Side Table

November 14, 2010

A SMALL SIDE TABLE can be a welcome addition to one’s home decor.  You can place it next to a chair or use as a pedestal for a small art object,  similar to this coke bottle in the sand.

1 – 4″ x 4″ x 8′ piece of wood
circular or miter saw
wood glue
1 – 1/4″ dowel at least 10″ long
drill and 1/4″ bite
mallet hammer
masking tape
tape measure

DIRECTIONS diagram below
1.  Start at one end of the board and measure 22 inches and wrap tape around (this will help prevent fraying when cutting) drawing a straight line on top of the tape using a t-square.   Cut the board three more times.  You should  have a total of four  4″  x  4″ x 22″ pieces.

2.  Four inches down and two inches over (middle of the wood seeing it’s a 4″  x 4″) from one of the boards, drill a hole about 3/4″ deep.  Drill again in the exact same position on the other end of the board.  You should have two hole on one side of the board.  On the adjacent side, drill two more holes using the same measures.  Do this for the remaining three boards.

3.  Cut dowel into 1 inch pegs.  You will need eight.  These pegs will be used to hold the table together.

4.  Taking one of the pieces of wood, add a little glue into both holes and gently hammer a peg into each of the holes.  Taking a second board again add a little glue into each hole and gently place onto the pegs of board number one.  Continue the same process with boards three and four, with the fourth board connecting / pegged into board number one.  You should have the four boards now forming an 8″ x 8″ square on the top and bottom.

5.  Sand any rough edge and use a level to make sure table is level.  If you are lucky enough to have band saw and edges are not straight, you can run the table on each end through the saw and make a clean-cut with all four board attached.

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