Step-by-step instructions for a farmhouse x side table that costs under $50 and looks better than what you can buy in the store for the same price.
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 end table and rustic x side table. This led to my version of a farmhouse 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
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Hand sander and sandpaper
- Kreg jig
- (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)
How to Make a X Side Table:
Make all cuts listed above.
Drill pocket holes in 2×2’s that are 15″ and 6″ long.
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, glue and attach the 15″ supports to legs. Do this for both sides separately.
Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, glue and attach the 6″ supports to legs to connect both sides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally glue in the X’s.