X Side Table

You know what’s crazy! For all the furniture and random projects I’ve posted on this blog, I hadn’t actually made anything for anyone besides myself. However a few months back, a coworker of mine asked me to make her a side table. She needed a specific size that was more narrow to fit in between her couch and wall so she asked if I could make it. I more than gladly said yes! So I went to work on designing something that could fit both her style and the space. I was inspired by two side tables I already made – a small x side table and rustic x side table. This led to my version of an x side table. If you want to see my small x side table

My apologies ahead of time as I didn’t do the best job of documenting. Unfortunately as I’m in the middle of making furniture, I get caught up and forget to take pictures some times. But hopefully you get the idea of how it’s made. The great thing about furniture is once you get the hang of making some, you can resize it to any size you need – as I did with this. So hopefully you give it a try!

X Side Table Shopping List

  • (1) 1×2 x 4′ pine
  • (2) 2×2 x 8′ pine
  • (1) 1×8 x 2′ pine
  • (1) 1×2 x 8′ pine
  • Wood glue
  • 2 1/2″ pocket-hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ pocket-hole screws
  • Stain or paint

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Hand sander and sandpaper
  • Kreg jig

Cut List

  • (2) – 1×6 @ 20″
  • (4) – 2×2 @ 23 1/4″
  • (4) – 2×2 @ 15″
  • (4) – 2×2 @ 6″
  • (2) – 1×2 @ 6″
  • (1) – 1×8 @ 18″ (Then cut to 6″ wide or however wide will fit in base)
  • For X, cuts and angles depend on table so you’ll need to cut to fit (I don’t give exact measurements because from my experience, every X is different)

Step 1:
Make all cuts listed above.

cut pieces of wood for x side table

Step 2:
Drill pocket holes in 2×2’s that are 15″ and 6″ long.

Step 3:
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, glue and attach the 15″ supports to legs. Do this for both sides separately.

legs for x side table being put together

Step 4:
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, glue and attach the 6″ supports to legs to connect both sides.

legs for x side table being put together

Step 5:
To make the top and connect the two 1×6 @ 20″, you need to drill pocket holes underneath one.Using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, glue and attach, making sure the top is smooth and flat.

putting x together for x side table

Step 6:
Make sure the base fits in between legs. You’ll add the 1x2s @ 6″ to the sides. DO NOT glue yet. You are just making sure it fits.

putting x together for x side table

Step 7:
Now you need to make the cuts for the Xs on both sides. The angles and length will depend on the table. Every single one is different so make sure it fits to yours.

putting x together for x side table

Step 8:
Remove the X’s and bottom. Now it’s time to paint the legs, supports and X’s. Once dry, stain the bottom piece of wood and glue to the supports.

X Side Table being painted and stained

Step 9:
Stain the top and once dry, glue the top to the base. You can nail in as well but I find that wood filler doesn’t stain well so I try to avoid using.

X Side Table being painted and stained

Step 10:
Finally glue in the X’s.

X Side Table painted and stained

X Side Table by couch

X Side Table by couch

X Side Table with flowers on top

X Side Table with flowers on top

X Side Table with flowers on top

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