Mid Century Modern Side Table

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Rogue Engineer

Since Mid-Century Modern has been trending these days, we wanted to build something in this style. While browsing through some furniture ideas on the internet we came across this simple side table from West Elm. It was the perfect project to try out the mid-century modern look. Hope you enjoy!

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DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Rogue Engineer

Materials

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Dimensions

DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Dimensions

DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Cut List

How to build a mid-century modern side table

Free DIY plans showing you exactly how to build a mid-century modern side table. No woodworking experience required.

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DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Step 1

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Step 1

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Step 2

DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Step 2

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Step 3

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DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Step 4

Finishing:

Before moving on to step 3, go ahead and stain the drawer front and legs as well as paint the box. I used semi-gloss white paint for the box and Carrington wood stain by Rustoleum for the drawer front and legs. You’ll notice that the legs and drawer front are different shades, that’s because the woods where different colors to begin with. The drawer front was a piece of reclaimed wood that I had left over from the reclaimed wood console table and the legs were new 1″ pine dowels.

Stain the drawer front and legs

Stain the drawer front and legs

Paint the box and drawer

Paint the box and drawer

DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Step 3

Nail drawer front in place

Nail drawer front in place

Secure drawer front with 1-1/4" screws

Secure drawer front with 1-1/4″ screws

Install handle

Install handle

DIY Mid Centry Modern Side Table Plans - Step 4

I drilled a counterbored 1" hole, 1/2" deep too help support the legs a bit more.

I drilled a counterbored 1″ hole, 1/2″ deep too help support the legs a bit more.

pre drill the legs and the center of counterbored hole

Pre drill the legs and the center of counterbored hole

Secure with 1-1/4" wood screws

Secure with 1-1/4″ wood screws

DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table Plans - Step 14

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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  • Sherry Fram

    Great side table! Love the dark stain and white combo! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Sherry! And thanks for stopping by my website. I appreciate having readers like you.

  • Sheryl

    I love your mid century side table! Do you have plans for building a modern mid century headboard?
    Preferably a simple, easy one since iI am a beginner of diy projects. Thanks

    • Thanks Sheryl, unfortunately I don’t but I do need to replace a couple of old beds though so I’ll keep that in mind.

  • Jordan R Walls

    Love this table. Might end up making it one of these upcoming, cold, weekends.
    I noticed your brad nailer link is defunct, though. Thought you might like to fix that.

    • Thanks Jordan! And thanks for the heads on on the broken link.

  • Adrian Ng

    Table looks great. I noticed the plywood you’re using for the main frame of the table looks like it already has a smooth edge. Where can I find plywood like that?

    • We used edge banding on the front of the main frame