Building a Small Table
Posted by: Mark Plante on: July 27, 2022

Moose Frame
Moose Frame created out of scrap pine.

Now that the workshop has been completed, I’ve decided to start building some items for around the house. The first small item that I built was using some leftover 1/2″ luan plywood and some scrap 1X2’s to build a small wall hanging that we will be using in our kitchen to hand our oven mitts on. I did the carving free-hand on my Ryobi band saw and glued the rest of the scraps to make a frame. Using some extra stain and polyurethane, I finished the item and it is now mounted on my kitchen cabinets.

This was a fun small project to start with and came out pretty well for the first woodworking project that I have ever done.

I am now building a small table that will sit under my wall-mounted TV. The table will be 36″ wide, 20″ deep and 18″ tall.

This project is going to be built using extra 2X4s left over from my workbench build. I will be milling the boards with my table saw to get the proper dimensions for what I need. So far I have already roughly constructed the base for the table by ripping the 2×4’s int 2×2’s and cutting and fastening them together.

I am currently in the process of gluing the table-top together to make a solid surface of 36×20 which, when finishing will be mounted on the base described above.

glued TV Table
Glued and waiting to dry table top.

I used 2x4x8’s which I cut down to 36″ in length. I then took each board and trimmed the rounded edge off of both sides so that I would have a flat surface that would be suitable for gluing together to create a flat, somewhat butcher board surface.

At this point of the build, the top has been glued, clamped together and drying. Once this piece dries I will need to put a chamfer on the edges and sand to a smooth surface.

So far, this project has been fun and I am using waaaaay more math than I had in the past ten years. Thank God I payed attention to learning fractions way back in 8th grade… It has all come back to me this week and has been very helpful.