How to Build a Wood and Concrete Side Table
Hey everyone, I’m Jamison from RogueEngineer.com where I publish weekly free and easy DIY furniture plans. Most of what I build is easy wooden furniture but today I wanted to share with you my very first project using concrete.
We really wanted a side table for our outdoor space, something sturdy and durable that we didn’t have to worry about out in the elements. We came across a table base design at a local furniture store and quickly our ideas started flowing. Concrete seemed like the perfect way to go. With a few hiccups along the way, here’s how our $20 concrete x-brace side table turned out! Enjoy!
- Miter Saw
- Pocket Hole Jig
- 2x 2 x 4 x 96″ Premium Studs
- 1x 1 x 2 x 96″ Common Board; Pine
- 10″ x 10′ Roll of Galvanized Flashing
- 80 lb bag of Quikrete
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- Pine Pocket Hole Plugs
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Wood Stain
- Helmsman Spar Urethane
BUILDING THE X-BRACE TABLE BASE
Start by drilling your pocket holes in two of the 13 3/4″ pieces
and attaching them to the center of the 27 1/2″ piece.
Flip your x-brace over and drill two pockets holes as shown, in each x-brace.
At this point, fill all seams with wood filler and *occupied* pocket holes with pine pocket hole plugs and wood glue. ONLY for pocket holes that are occupied — do not fill in the holes yet to be used!
Drill pocket holes as shown and install 1×2 “top supports” using 1 1/2″ pocket screws.
Roll our the flashing and mark it at 88″
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