Skip to Content

DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan – $50 Build

Build this sweet round top, pedestal base DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan for less than $50. Win! Full tutorial & printable build plans.

DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan

So excited to finally be sharing my DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan with you guys today. I love pedestal tables. But the design of some of them can get pretty complicated. I always try to design furniture that most beginner and intermediate woodworkers can do without any expensive woodworking tools or lumber.

I wanted this table to have a beautiful design, but still be quick and easy enough to build with just dimensional lumber and a Miter Saw. The round top is a really cheap, premade wood round that you can find at Home Depot of Lowes. So, no need to try to cut your own circle with a router.

And, I designed the pedestal base on this side table to look as pretty as the curvy bases that you’d normally need a band saw to build. But this pedestal base can be built with just your Miter Saw.

I built this round top wood table for my big Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover. But, I was so busy with all of the DIY furniture and remodeling projects in there, that I haven’t had a chance to share this, until today.

Build this sweet round top, pedestal base DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan for less than $50. Win! Full tutorial & printable build plans. How to build a small round side table.

Don’t forget to save this DIY on Pinterest.

The best part of this DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan is the material costs. You can build 2 of these for less than $100. I hope you love it as much as I do!


THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. AFFILIATES HELP YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS DELIVER FREE CONTENT.  Read the full disclaimer here.


Hello, DIY friends! You can find the DIY Side Table Woodworking Plans at a great low price here. These plans are for personal use only. They cannot be shared or sold without my permission. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your build! 🙂

The printable plans include Full Steps and Measurements, 3D Drawings, and Materials List.


Materials Needed

Exact measurements needed are on the printable plans. Be sure to double-check everything, as you build. It’s always possible that I could have mis-typed something. Bloggers don’t have editors. 😉

  • 1 – 18″ Unfinished Pine Round – I bought mine at Lowe’s
  • About 20′ of 1x3 Select Pine (or similar)
  • About 2′ Pine Cove Molding
  • About 2′ – 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Molding
  • About 2 1/2′ of 2x2 Select Pine (or similar)

Tools Needed

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Don’t forget to Pin Me!

DIY Pedestal Side Table – Build Steps

Once finished, this small side table is 18″ in diameter and 22 1/4″ high.

Step One

We’ll start with the cross pieces for the base and table top. Cut the long 1x3’s. Glue and Nail 2 sets of 2 of them together. Make sure to line them up as perfectly as possible. It’ll be less sanding for you later.

2 or 3 nails along the top should be enough to hold the pieces tightly together while the glue dries. BUT, keep the nails 2″ away from each end so that they are kept away from the angle we’ll cut next.

Step Two

Turn the 2 new pieces on their side to make 45-degree Miter cuts on each end. When you make your cuts, face the nail holes towards you. That’ll put them on the hidden side of this DIY Side Table. 🙂

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Cutting my 16″ long X bottoms. Ignore the clamp, you won’t need it.

Step Three

Now, cut 8 1x3’s for the feet. Glue and Nail 4 sets of 2 of them together. Make sure to line them up as perfectly as possible.

2 nails along the top should be enough to hold the pieces tightly together while the glue dries. BUT, keep the nails 2″ away from one end so that they are kept away from the angle we’ll cut next.

Step Four

Shave a 90-degree cut off one end of each of the 4 blocks, to make sure it is a perfectly flush end. Then, turn it on it’s side, and cut a 45-degree angle on the other end of each block.

Step Five

Put a pocket hole in the bottom of each of the 4 blocks. Use that to glue and screw the short blocks to the middle of the long blocks, to form 2 X’s.

To help you line things up evenly, mark the center of the long block on each side. Then mark the center of the short blocks, in front of the pocket holes.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Marking the center of the boards is an easy way to line pieces up.

Step Six

Now, we need to add the top level to the X’s. Cut the 1x3’s. Glue and nail them across the top of each X. Make sure it is centered on the X. I like to glue this top piece in the opposite direction of the original whole pieces.

Step Seven

Cut 4 more 1x3’s. Glue and nail them to complete the top of each X for this DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan.

Step Eight

We’ll add the Cove Molding to each X, next. Cut 8 – 2 1/2″ long pieces of Cove Molding. Glue and Nail them on to the 4 ends of the top of the X.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Here’s one of the detail shots from my printable plans. You can see the cove and feet in this drawing. The Cove doesn’t have the rounded dip in the front like real cove. But it’s much faster to draw it this way. You get the idea. 🙂

Step Nine

We can attach feet to one of the X’s now. Cut 4 – 1x3’s with 1 90-degree end and 1 45-degree end. Glue and nail them to the bottom of one of the X’s, with 1/2″ hanging off the outside edge.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Attaching feet to the bottom of one of the X’s. Make sure that 1/2″ sticks out from the end and that the angle on the 45 is facing the right way.

Step Ten

Cut 3 – 1x3’s for the post, then glue and nail them together. Put 4 pocket holes on this post with your Kreg Jig, 2 on each end (on opposite sides). Glue and screw the post into the center of each X base.

The post is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, so it will line up perfectly with the 1x3 base on 2 sides, but will need to be centered on the other 2 sides.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Glue and brad nail the 3 long post pieces together.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Center the post on the top and bottom X’s. Then attach with glue and screws.

Step Eleven

Cut 4 – 2x2’s. Then cut a 45-degree chunk out of the end of each one, BUT leave 1/2″ at a 90-degree (see photo below). Glue and nail these to the center of each side of the bottom of the post of the DIY Pedestal Accent Table.

Step Twelve

Cut 4 – 2 1/2″ long – 1/2″ x 3/4″ dowels and 4 – 3 1/4″ long – 1/2″ x 3/4″ dowels. Glue and nail 2 of each on top of those 2x2’s. You want the 3/4” side of the dowels attached to the post.

The 3 1/4″ long pieces should be on the 2 1/4″ long post sides. Glue and nail the other 4 pieces 3 1/2″ above the first row.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

I love this little Micro Zip for little spaces and detail work.

Step Thirteen

Sand everything smooth, then fill in pocket holes, nail holes, cracks and gaps with wood filler. Let that dry, then sand everything smooth again. I used a medium grit first, then finished with a fine grit.

I also like to knock down all sharp edges with a light sanding too. I think it gives furniture a nicer, more finished look. And by every sharp edge, I mean every edge, top, bottom, sides, feet, angles…all of them.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

Filling in all the cracks, dings, nails, and screw holes with wood filler.

Step Fourteen

Since I wanted a painted base with a stained top. I finished the base and top completely before attaching them. So, you can stop here and apply whatever stain and/or paint you’d like before moving on. You can see the details about my finishing steps below.

I’ve also have a quick video showing you how I distressed and stained the top on my DIY Pedestal Side Table.

Step Fifteen

When you’re ready to attach the top, just glue it on, make sure it’s centered. Use a nice layer of glue to get a strong bond. Then nail it in, through the top, in 5 or 6 spots to get a tight bond. Angling the nails a little seems to get the tightest grip. Fill those holes with a matching wood putty and they’ll completely disappear.

Build Note: If this was a heavier table, I wouldn’t want to just rely on glue and nails for a top. But this Pedestal Side Table is pretty light and you’ve got a huge surface area covered in glue holding it together. So you can pick it up with the top and not worry about breaking the bond between the top and the base.

Build this sweet round top, pedestal base DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan for less than $50. Win! Full tutorial & printable build plans. How to build a small round side table.

Finishing Steps

You can stain, paint, or just poly this DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan to match your style. If you need ideas, I have 25+Beginner Furniture Painting Tutorials to pick from. But, here’s how I finished mine.

I painted the base in a creamy, off white color called One Horn White. It’s part of JoAnna Gaines paint line with Kilz. You can get this shade at Target. I used Eggshell sheen.

I’ve used this Kilz paint line on a lot of walls and furniture lately, like this DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand. And, I used it for my How to Paint Built In Bookshelves and Cabinets tutorial. This paint dries fast and cures fast, like a chalk paint. And it always looks so pretty.

I usually have to use my DIY chalk paint recipe to turn wall paint into chalk paint before using it on furniture, but not with this Magnolia Homes line with Kilz. I can paint it directly on furniture and still sand it and work with it like Chalk Paint. It’s really a great paint line!

Build this sweet round top, pedestal base DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan for less than $50. Win! Full tutorial & printable build plans. How to build a small round side table.

Painting The Pedestal Base

Anyway, I painted the whole table white. Once dry, I sanded all of the edges lightly, back to wood. Then grabbed a cheap chip brush and lightly dry brushed on a color a few shades darker (Behr’s Sandstone Cove mixed into a Chalk Paint).

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

These chip brushes are great for dry brushing fine lines.

Dry brushing is just using the tiniest amount of paint, just on the tips of the brush. Then lightly swiping it across the surface to slowly put on the right amount of paint.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

This little guy came inside to check the new table out. He clearly approves of this DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan. 😉

I followed that up with a very light dry brushing with the first color, to get a more layered, even look with the paint. Then I lightly sanded those edges again, with my little Gator Micro Zip hand sander. Clean away all the dust and apply 2 coats of a water-based poly. I used Varathane’s Polyurethane Clear Matte.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

I used a hammer and small screwdriver to distress my Pine Round Top. You could have fun with this and use a bunch of tools around your garage to add different textures and marks. To be safe, I’d test the marks with stain on scrap Pine.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

A better look at the Round Top after finishing.

For the top, I made a short video on how I quickly added some character and distressing to the 18″ Round Top, I bought at Lowe’s. I finished it off with 2 coats of Watco Medium Walnut Danish Oil. And 4 coats of the Varathane. I like a lot of protective finish on table tops. 🙂

How to Distress Wood with a Hammer and Stain - Easy steps for a rustic, old wood look!

That’s it! You’re done. Enjoy you’re new DIY Pedestal Side Table. 🙂

Build this sweet round top, pedestal base DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan for less than $50. Win! Full tutorial & printable build plans. How to build a small round side table.

Don’t forget to save this DIY on Pinterest.

If you like watching furniture build videos, check out some of my favorite DIY Furniture Videos on my YouTube channel.

I'm in love with these sweet Round Top DIY Pedestal Accent Table Plans. I designed it all to be made on a Miter Saw with less than $50 in materials. Win! Free printable plans are available. Whether you call it a side table, end table, or accent table, you can have a new pair of tables ready in a weekend for less than $100, guys. Happy Dance. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #DIYTable #SideTable #AccentTable #EndTable #Woodworking

I recently shared the DIY tips and tricks to reupholstering a wing chair and tutorial to build that DIY ottoman in previous posts.


Hello, DIY friends! You can find the DIY Side Table Woodworking Plans at a great low price here. These plans are for personal use only. They cannot be shared or sold without my permission. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your build! 🙂

The printable plans include Full Steps and Measurements, 3D Drawings, and Materials List.


Looking for more DIY Furniture? Check out my DIY Modern Farmhouse Console Table.

A colorful Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover, I love! It's fun, beautiful, and stylish. Full of living room decor and design ideas JoAnna Gaines would approve. :) #AbbottsAtHome #ModernFarmhouse #TraditionalHome #LivingRoom #Farmhouse

And, this DIY Table Over Washer and Dryer is always popular.

Hide those ugly machines with this DIY Table Over Washer and Dryer or DIY Folding Table. Full tutorial and free printable build plans.

If you need a great little desk for your elementary age kids. Check out this DIY Childrens Desk with Storage Drawers.

Full tutorial, build overview video, and printable plans for this beautiful DIY Childrens Desk Plans with Storage Drawers.

Or this easy DIY Cat Tree Build Plan for Cat Lovers!

Here's a quick and easy woodworking project for cat lovers. I love how this DIY Cat Tree Wood House - Cat Tower turned out. And, it's a lot cheaper and prettier than those store bought Cat Tree's! Cat Tree or Cat Tower Printable Build Plans.

And, I love this DIY Coffee Table with Turned Legs. It’s a great build for beginner woodworkers.

I LOVE the beautiful details on this easy and budget-friendly DIY Coffee Table Build Plan. Built with $10 Turned Legs, Molding & Plywood. Printable Woodworking Plans, easy enough build for beginner woodworkers. Easy woodworking project.


Feeling inspired? Now you’re ready to build your own DIY Side Table. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

Mariah

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Would really like to have one of this table beside my bed. I really loved the texture and the design. It makes any room elegant. I would definitely make this one for myself. The white bottom makes it look he perfect table beside any bed.

Stephanie

Thursday 8th of August 2019

Thanks so much, Mariah!

Laurie Hamiel

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Step 10 - what setting on the Kreg Jig and screw size. Thanks

Stephanie

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Hi Laurie, I went with the setting and screws for 3/4" thick wood. But you could technically do just about any size on this, because the base is so thick. But, the screws on this post are just a small part of holding this table together. So much glue goes on to each piece of that post that it'll take an act of God to tear it apart. ;) Let me know how it turns out or tag me on SM. I'd love to see how it looks with a different finish. :) Stephanie Abbott AbbottsAtHome.com

Ani Kay

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

The table looks so good! Where did you get the chair at the top of the post? That's my favorite style. We have similar ones, but not quite as nice as that one :) I've added you to my reader, I love your style!

Stephanie

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Hello Ani. What an awesome compliment. So glad you like my style. And, I hope this is good news...I just reupholstered that chair in that pretty blue velvet (bought at JoAnns). It's a wing chair I've had for years. You can see the DIY Tips for that DIY here: https://abbottsathome.com/tutorials-to-upholster-a-wingback-chair/

Sheri

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

This table is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at TGHWG! Hope to see you again next week.

Stephanie

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Thanks so much, Sheri!!

Kim Burdette

Sunday 20th of January 2019

All creatures, great and small, love this table!

Stephanie

Monday 21st of January 2019

Thanks so much, Kim!

Comments are closed.