As a DIY blogger, I get special requests for projects. This simple little table was needed by a friend’s aunt for her printer. She had a specific size in mind. However, you could easily replicate this simple little table to your own size.
Simple Table Build
Rip 2x6 down to 2x3
My neighbor Rodney and I recently built a new carport for my truck. I had some 2x6 drop offs left over from that huge project. When I made a pallet bar using 2x3’s last year, I liked that size lumber, so I ripped some of the drop offs down to that size. (actual size 1.5 x 2.5)
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Sand All Cuts
Imelda wanted her table to be about 27” tall. So, after I cut the legs and the brace pieces, I sanded them with a sanding sponge.
Build 2 Sets of Legs
Gorilla Wood Glue was used for all the joints. If you have any oozing, a baby wipe is perfect for wiping away excess glue.
After applying the wood glue, the table legs were clamped and then secured with wood screws.
These are the pieces I was clamping and gluing. They will be the legs of my simple table.
How to Join Table Top Boards
The table top needed to be about 16” square. I ripped 1x6 to get the proper size. Drilling pocket holes is a quick and easy way to build a solid table top. The pieces were secured using Gorilla Wood Glue and pocket hole screws. An irwin quick clamp worked for the first two boards, but after adding the third board for the simple table top, I had to use a bar clamp.
In order to get the table top centered on the legs, I used my Kreg multi mark tool. You could also use a combination square. I had to figure out where the legs were going so I could do the side braces that would connect to the sets of legs.
Prepare to Add Side Braces
Does this image make it all clear? You can see that I did a countersink on all the screws. Now I just need to put in all the side braces.
Voila! Here’s the finished base of the simple table. The purpose of this table is to hold a printer and printer paper.
Patch Holes & Sand Simple Table
Because I was in a rush, I forgot to take pictures. Do you see how perfectly the planks fit the bottom shelf? I ripped them to perfectly hold printer paper.
Then the holes were patched with drywall mud and sanded. Making it easy on myself, the table top and bottom shelf were attached with brad nails using my nail gun. Don’t you love it’s simplicity?
Paint Simple Table with Paint Sprayer
Did you know I elevate my paint sprayer projects, and that I always paint the underside first? I used my Super Finish Max paint sprayer and the same paint I used on my White Christmas Village. If you ever have rusted paint cans, use plastic containers to store your paint. I even use detergent bottles for storing paint long term.
The simple table looks great with two light coats of paint. The weather turned cold and I had to bring it indoors to paint one final coat by hand. Sadly I didn’t take any pictures of the table before I delivered it. Imelda loves the table and put it right to work holding her printer and her printer paper! It made me feel so good to finally get her table completed.
Matching Plant Pedestal
This isn’t her first request, I made her a plant pedestal about a year ago.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.