Moroccan Side Table | Pottery Barn Knock-off

When we were laying out our nursery for Madison, a side table by the glider was a must, and since the Conner side table we made before is now being used as Brayden’s bedside table, we had to get something new. Whether it’s books or a drink, a side table is certainly a functional piece of furniture. So Jamie went shopping, window shopping that is, and she fell in love with this Moroccan Side Table from Pottery Barn Kids. The problem is that the dang thing is $150. I said, “Not in my house!”. So I got to work on a design. One weekend and a half a sheet of plywood later, and there you have it. The $40 Moroccan Side Table from Rogue Engineer. Boom goes the dynamite! Oh yea and that crazy cut out, don’t worry about it, I’ve included a template that makes it crazy easy. Enjoy these free plans and don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest.

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DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans

DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans

DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans

DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans

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Tools Required



Materials


Cut Out Template - Moroccan Side Table Plans
(Note: When printing set page scale to “None”)


Cut List


Moroccan Side Table - Cut List


Dimensions


Moroccan Side Table - Dimensions


Side Table Plans DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans - Printable PDF


Moroccan Side Table - Step 1

Step 1: Miter Sides

Moroccan Side Table - Step 1 - Table Saw

Easily miter the edges with a table saw set to 30 degrees

Moroccan Side Table - Step 1 - Table Saw

One side panel mitered… 5 more to go.


Moroccan Side Table - Step 2

Step 2: Cut out Pattern

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Tape Template

I taped the template with packing tape to add a little more rigidity to the template edges.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Cut Template

Cut out the template, and if your drilling holes for your interiors radii, transfer the hole centers on the template with a thumb tack

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Mark Template

Trace the template onto each panel

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Marked Template

One down. 5 more to go.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Scroll Saw

I think the cleanest and most precise way to cut these out is the scroll saw

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Jig Saw Cut

But you can use a jig saw..

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Jig Saw Blades

Jig saw blades from Ryobi

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Sanding tools

Clean up those radii with some sand paper.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 2 - Sanding


Moroccan Side Table - Step 3

Step 3: Cut Top

Moroccan Side Table - Step 3 - Cutting Top

My sliding 10″ miter saw had more than enough reach to cut these angles

Moroccan Side Table - Step 3 - Top

Top. Done.


Moroccan Side Table - Step 4

Step 4: Assemble Base

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Filling the cracks

Brayden helped us fill the cracks with some patch n’ paint

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Sanding the filler

Sanded down the cut out with 220-grit sand paper. (I figured it would be easier before assembly.)

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Pocket holes

Drilling pocket holes, which are used to attach to the top in the next step

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Apply wood glue

Apply some glue to the mitered edges…

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Nailing

.. and nail those suckers together

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Nailing bottom

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Nailing more

.. almost done ..

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Maddie

Maddie loves hanging out in the shop.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 4 - Last panel

.. last panel.


Moroccan Side Table - Step 5

Step 5: Attach Top

Moroccan Side Table - Step 5 - Screwing on top

Align the base and screw that thing in place! (Hey I rhymed there)


Moroccan Side Table - Step 6

Step 6: Add Trim

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Ouch

First piece of trim I cut! Ouch!

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Issue

Problem is that the opening in the base of my miter saw is too large and therefore not supporting the trim close enough to the cut.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Cure

Solution: Cover the opening with tape.

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Better

It worked! Much better!

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Gluing Trim

Mark and glue the trim in place

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Edge banding

Iron on your edge banding …

Moroccan Side Table - Step 6 - Sanding edging

… and sand the edges smooth.


Finishing


This moroccan side table was finished with 3 coats of gloss white paint, sanding in between coats with 220-grit sandpaper.

Moroccan Side Table - Finishing - Gloss White

Hi-Gloss Enamel Paint

Moroccan Side Table - Finishing - First Coat

First coat!


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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  • Riann

    I love the table – it’s a beauty. But I have a tool question for you. It looks like you may have the same miter saw that I recently purchased at the Blue home improvement store. I’m wondering if you have any tips for aligning the darn laser cutting guide. I’d like it to line up with the blade so I can center it on a pencil line and just cut. Thank you, any input would be greatly appreciated!

    • Thank you Riann! Unfortunately my laser doesn’t even work anymore so sorry but I can’t offer you any advice there. And when mine did work it was already aligned so I never had to tweak it.

    • Riann

      Thank you. I’ll keep using the vertical 2×4 scrap stop screwed into the top of my workbench til I can figure out how to align that laser 🙂

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