Scrap Wood Side Table

DIY Scrap Wood Side Table - Rogue Engineer

I’m sure you can imagine the endless amount of scrap wood we accumulate with all these projects. We needed more space on our lumber rack, so I made and end table! Here’s how I made this awesome end table from a pile of scrap wood.

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DIY Scrap Wood Side Table - Rogue Engineer

DIY Scrap Wood Side Table - Rogue Engineer


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How to Build Scrap Wood Side Table

This will be a tutorial, unlike most of my plans, since this is a scrap wood project and more dependent on what you have in your scrap pile. Follow along with the steps below to get an idea for how to create your own scrap wood side table.

Step 1: Cut Scrap Wood

Using a miter saw make the following list of cuts:

  • 4 – 4×4’s cut at 23″
  • 2 – 4×4’s cut at 14″
  • 1 – 4×4 cut at 20.5″
  • 4 – 2×4’s cut at 14″
  • 3 – 2×4’s cut at 20.5″
  • 8 – 1×4’s cut at 20.5″

Step 2: Sand and Stain

For this step you’ll want to start by sanding each wood piece to prep for staining, using a orbital sander and 120 girt sand paper. Then, use your creative freedom and pick stain colors that work for you and stain each board individually and let dry.Finally lay out your pattern as you best see fit,

Scrap Side Table - Rogue Engineer

Step 3: Assemble Sides

Using a Kreg jig, drill 2 pocket holes on each side of  2 of the 2x4x14” wood pieces, these are going to be the inside pieces that attach to our 4x4x23” legs.

Scrap Wood Side Table - Rogue Engineer

Pocket holes in 2 14″ 2×4’s

Step 4: Assemble Top

Assemble top by attaching boards randomly to one side using 2-1/2″ wood screws for 2x4s and 1-1/4″ screws for 1x4s (making sure to pre-drill first). Continuously check that the top is level throughout the process.

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Step 5: Final Assembly

Attach the other set of legs to the top using 2-1/2″ wood screws. Then, drill 4 pocket holes on one side of both of the 4x4x14″ wood pieces, this will be used to assemble and sturdy the base of the table. Install these lateral supports in the opposite direction that the boards in your top run using 2-1/2″ pocket screws.

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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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  • Michele

    Love the variations in texture with the different shades of wood. I’m guessing you stained in advance? Great way to use extra stain as well as scrap wood!! 🙂

  • Amy

    I don’t understand how you attached the other set of legs to the table top in step #5 with 2 1/2 inch screws. Did you by chance use longer 4 inch screws and counter sink them? Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Amy, I screwed through the 2×4 that connects the legs for each side created in step 3. Then I screwed another board to the side to cover up the pocket holes. I hope that makes sense.

      • Kurt

        So you had to install the top last 2x4s with screws through the outside. In another words the heads of the screws are visible?

        • We used some wood filler and stained over top. You would never know.

  • Will

    How did you attach that 14″ 4×4 on the table top without using 4″+ screws? I see you drilling the holes but there is no explanation.

    • Will, If you are talking about the 20.5″ 4×4 that I used on the table top, then I counterbored holes using a drill and used 2 1/2″ screws, you could just as easily use 4″ or 4-1/2″ screws if you had them.

      If you are talking about the 14″ 4×4 that I used on the table for the base, I attached those using pocket holes and 2 1/2″ screws.

  • Ron

    I am probably your oldest beginner at 80 years of age, I recently joined a Mens Shed and enjoy simple projects. I think this table is well suited to my skill level but I don’t understand why the materials needed list shows 2pcs.of4x4x8 but the scrap wood lists 7pcs. of 4×4 of various lengths. Obviously the latter is correct. Regards Ron Hales

    • Hey Ron! The 2 pcs of 4x4x8 in the materials list is would you would need to buy if you didn’t already have it. The 7 pcs is the actual cuts you will need to make. Hope that helps. Happy building!

  • Love this and have the perfect spot for it! Question about finishing, though – wondering what I could use (poly, etc.) on the top to protect from water, crumbs, etc, getting into the grooves between the planks. Ideas?

    • Stacie, yes you can definitely use a poly to protect the table. We love the triple thick poly from Rust-Oleum.

  • Wes-Sonoma, CA

    Great idea, Thank you! Turned out great. Super simple and quick. and cost me less than $10.-Wes-Sonoma, CA

  • Tammy Gilfillan Smith-Hoyle

    Thanks for the inspiration. Did my own twist on it.

    • Tammy Gilfillan Smith-Hoyle

      pics didn’t show up first time.

      • Nice twist! I love it. Looks like a big butcher block. Nice work.

      • Sid23

        Love this. How are these legs attached?? I have quite a bit of “scrap” barn wood I could use up on this.

  • rinaldo

    Just found your scrap wood side table . love it . Trying to make one . but I’m changing it a little

    • Awesome! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Be sure to share your finished product.

  • buskimo

    Wife saw some tables she liked, they were $625 for the pair and looked a whole lot like these. Made two of them, she’s happy and so is my wallet. First woodworking undertaking I have done. Going to do a coffee table version in a couple of weeks. Thank you for this place and keep up the good work! Congrats on being able to do what you guys love for a living now!

  • Mahmoud El Turk

    Hi Jamison, i don’t know how to get all pieces together, do you have a video to show me?

  • David Hodges

    I don’t understand how you connected all the pieces of the top together?

  • Jordan S

    what length do you use for the kreg jig for the leg support pocket holes?

  • rinaldo

    that is what I made


    • Thomas Edmundson (DS1nt2210)

      Very nice how you tied the legs in for an added design element.

  • Fabian Van Gerven

    Tha nks for the inspiration here is my version
    Greets from the netherlands
    And A happy christmas