This step by step diy woodworking project is about small side table plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a small side table with x- shaped legs. This is an ideal project is you want a small stand for your outdoor umbrella, when relaxing on your lawn chair. This is a simple project that should take just a few hours to build. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Small Table Umbrella Stand Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 19″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 14 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 14 1/2″ long TOP
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long LEGS
- 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 50 pieces of 2 1/2″ nails/screws
- 50 pieces of 1 1/4″ nails/screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
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Building an outdoor side table
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the table. Therefore, take two pieces of 2×4 lumber 4′ long (or use one 8′ long) and make a 3/4″x3/4″ rabbets to the top edge, as shown in the diagram. You can use a table saw or a router saw to get the job done in a professional manner.
The use the miter saw to make 45 degree cuts to the board, as shown in the diagram.
Assemble the frame for the side table. Align the edges with attention, making sure the corners are square. Use 2 1/2″ brad nails to lock the slats together. In addition, add glue to the joints to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Attach 1×6 slats to the frame. Place the slats equally spaced, so that there is a small gaps drainage gaps between the them. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the slats to the frame. In addition, drill a 1 1/2″ hole in diameter in the center of the table. Mark the center by tracing the diagonals.
Build the legs for the table from 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the legs at 45 degrees.
Assemble the x-shaped legs for the table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Fit the x-shaped legs to the frame of the table. Center them into place and lock them to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws, from the inside. In addition, lock the legs to the tabletop with 1 1/4″ screws.
Remember that is very easy to adjust the height of the table by making the legs longer. You can also adjust the size of the tabletop and the angle at which you cut the legs.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
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