Build It: X-Brace Concrete Side Table

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Rogue Engineer for Remodelaholic.com

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Rogue Engineer for Remodelaholic

DIY X-Brace Side Table with Concrete Top | Rogue Engineer for Remodelaholic

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!

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Required Tools:

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Sander

Materials:

  • 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
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape

Cut List:

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 1


BUILDING THE X-BRACE TABLE BASE

Start by drilling your pocket holes in two of the 13 3/4″ pieces

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 2

and attaching them to the center of the 27 1/2″ piece.

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 3

Next, create an x-brace by drilling a pocket hole in another 13 3/4″ piece and attaching it at a right angle to one of the 17 1/4″ pieces. Repeat to create another x-brace – 2 total x-braces. DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 4

 

Flip your x-brace over and drill two pockets holes as shown, in each x-brace.

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 5

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!

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 6

Center the x-brace and, using the 2 remaining pocket holes, screw it together using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 7

 

Repeat for the opposite side.
DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 8

Drill pocket holes as shown and install 1×2 “top supports” using 1 1/2″ pocket screws.

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 9

 

Stain and seal the table base. DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 10

DIY ROUND CONCRETE TABLE TOP
DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 11

Roll our the flashing and mark it at 88″

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 12

Form the flashing into a circle, with the 88″ mark as your seam. DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 13

Tape the seam securely. DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Step 14

Mix up an 80lb bag of quikrete in a bucket, a little at a time. DIY X-Brace Concrete Topped Side Table Plans | Step 15

Place your form on a piece of plywood, and pour the concrete into the form. DIY X-Brace Concrete Topped Side Table Plans | Step 16

Center your base and set it in the concrete, making sure the top supports rest evenly on the concrete. DIY X-Brace Concrete Topped Side Table Plans | Step 17

Let your concrete dry 48 hours minimum, then sand the table top to get an even finish. DIY X-Brace Concrete Topped Side Table Plans | Step 18

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For sneak peeks of our upcoming projects from Rogue Engineer be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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12 Comments

  1. As usual, you are the bomb! You are simply amazing. Have a little rest for yourself this weekend. AND PRAY FOR SPRING!

  2. Love this little table! What is the height of the table? I have a miniature “fairy garden” that is planted in an old dresser drawer that really needs a base to get it up off the ground and make it easier to look at and to maintain. I think this base would be just the thing!
    Thanks so much for your tutorial…….
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

  3. Hello! I’m also wondering about the height and width of this table. I’m hoping to build them this weekend, but want to make sure they’re the right fit for my patio before I start this endeavor. Thanks for this tutorial! I love these end tables!!

  4. Love this table! great job on the instructions, but I am stuck!
    I made a table top that was 34″ and want it to be a low coffee table. I want it to sit 18″H. What would my cut list be?

  5. Hi! I love this site. I wanted to ask what is the pink paper you used to pour the concrete on top of? Also do you think this same method can be used for a larger round table?

  6. Love the table! Would this work with a 60lb bag of concrete or would it be too thin? I’m worried the wood will show at the top.

    Thanks

  7. Excellent design and great plans! What are your thoughts on scaling this up? I’m wondering I can make this into a small round dining table. 30″ tall by 36″ diameter top. Thanks!

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