Simple Scalloped End Table

DIY Scalloped Side Table Tutorial - Rogue Engineer 1

Sometime last year I had stopped into a cute little furniture store in Northern Michigan and fell in love with a coffee table that had a cute scalloped edge apron. One day I will be making that coffee table, but for now I had some scrap wood lying around and came up with this simple little scalloped edge end table. Enjoy!

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How to build a scalloped edge end table

Step 1: Cut Wood

Using a miter saw make the following cuts.

  • Qty 4: 1×6’s at 22″
  • Qty 4: 2×2’s at 23″
  • Qty 4: 1×4’s at 17 1/2″

Step 2: Cut Scalloped Edge

For this step I simply used a paint top to create my scalloped edge, however since I have a super fancy pants husband he made things easy for y’all and you can just print out the template below (print 4). If you made your life easier by using the template you can use spray adhesive and stick the template directly to the 1×4 and being cutting out the scalloped pattern. I used a jig saw to cut out the scalloped pattern on all 4 of 17 1/2″ 1X4’s.

Download Template

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Step 3: Drill Pocket Holes

Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket in the 1X6 boards as follows:


Also, drill 2 pocket holes on each end of your scalloped 1×4’s along with 2 along the top edge that will be used to attach the base to the top.

Step 4: Assemble Top and Frame

Assemble the top of the table with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Set this aside and we will attach the top to the base in the next step. Now to assemble the base, attach the scalloped 1×4 to the 2×2 leaving 1/4″ from the front of the 2×2.

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Step 5: Attach Top to Base

Place the base onto the top, leaving 3/4″ space from the edge of top. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step 6: Sand and Finish

Sand table starting with 120 grit and finish with 220 grit paper.

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For the finish on this table I decided to use a distressed chippy finish. I started by applying stain to the edges and areas I wanted to distress. I used Rust-Oleum Carrington stain. Allow to dry.

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Rub Vaseline in the areas you want to easily distress. You can see more on how to distress with Vaseline here.

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I sprayed a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Grey.

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Let the paint dry completely, and using a plastic scraper, rub off the areas where Vaseline was placed. It’s easy to tell where to scrap because the areas where Vaseline was placed will remain a darker color.

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To finish I rubbed on a coat of Wood Paste Wax using a stain rag.

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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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  • I’ve got to try this Chalked Paint. I’ve seen several people use it and colors are so pretty. I haven’t noticed it in my local stores yet 🙁

    • My wife loves the Rust-Oluem chalked paint and its affordable. You can order it from Amazon if you can’t find it in your local Home Depot. There is also a tint base calked paint that you can get mixed in a variety of different colors.

  • Ce Ce

    You can make your own chalk paint, just google it! Easy-peasy! Ce Ce

    • We have made calk paint before using the plaster of paris, water, and paint. It worked out great.

  • Tim

    By attaching the top to the frame with pocket holes, will you have cracking issues due to expansion and contraction of the wood? I’ve never made a table, but I think I’ve heard something about that on YouTube.
    Thanks for a fun site!

    • I’ve made a few tables this way and so far so good. I haven’t run into any issue with the wood splitting or cracking over time. I even have a couple pieces that have been on my porch in humid GA without issues.

  • Jamison, thank you for the simple designs. As a beginner with this stuff, I was often overwhelmed with all of the other plans and steps that I found online. I recently made the small entry bench and used a piece of wood that washed up on the beach for the top. It sold for 89.00 dollars. Didn’t want to sell it, but feel like I could make another with no problems. Quick question. Do you have any ideas on how to replicate the finish on the table that’s in the the wayfare advertisement? It has a brown stain with green hues. Thank you.

    • That’s awesome Chandler! The more you built the less attached you’ll get because of that very reason. As far as the finish, I’m willing to take a stab at it. Could you share a photo of the ad you’re referring to?