Industrial Side Table

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So we recently built this awesome industrial coffee table and loved the way it turned out. With the scrap wood left over from that project and four Rigid Tie Connectors I was able to put together this matching side table in no time. Enjoy!

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How to build an Industrial Side Table

Step 1: Cut Wood

  • Qty 2: 1×2’s at 19″
  • Qty 2: 1×8’s at 19″
  • Qty 1: 1×4 at 19″
  • Qty 2: 2×4’s at 19″
  • Qty 2: 2×4’s at 17″
  • Qty 4: 2×4’s at 23″
  • Qty 2: 3/4″ square dowel at 21″

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Step 2: Finishing

Since I was matching this side table to our awesome coffee table, which used multiple stains and paint, I had to finish each piece of wood individually before assembly.

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For this project I used Rust-Oleum Early AmericanRust-Oleum Dark Walnut, and Rust-Oleum Carrington.

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I then distressed 2 of the board that would be used on the table top using Vaseline, see more on this here.  I then painted a coat of Rust-Olem chalked paint in county grey using a foam brush.

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Step 3: Assemble Base with Rigid Tie Connectors

Being putting together the base using the Simpson Strong-Tie Rigid Tie connectors.

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Step 4: Assemble Table Top

Using the Brad Nailer attach the 3/4″ square wood dowels.

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Add wood glue to the top of the 3/4″ dowels and inset the table top. Nail each board into place.

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We really love how easy this industrial side was to put together using the Simpson Strong Tie connectors, be sure to check out the matching coffee table.

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Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Ferdinand Grotius

    Jamie,

    Many thanks for accepting me to your side. What a pleasure to see your wonderful ideas and tips. Also the Pdf drawings are much appreciated.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

    Regards

  • Dylan Floyd

    Hi Jamie, I love your table and we made the coffee table and end table. I used the measurements exactly, but still ended up with a little gap. What would you recommend I do to fill/fix this gap? I haven’t glued or nailed the stained table top pieces into place yet, thank you!

    • You could space the rest of the boards out slightly to make the gap lesser on the ends and even throughout.

  • Rohirim36

    I’m trying to figure this one out, but am a bit unclear as to which lengths go into which section as it’s not spelled out and there aren’t downloadable plans. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Rohirim36

      Also, the tie connectors linked to on the page are the incorrect size. My own fault for not looking, I suppose.