Tapered Leg Side Table

By Rogue Engineer

SKILL
intermediate

The idea behind this project is to show how an otherwise simple build with accessible materials can be easily modified to look so much better. Just by adding a taper to the legs you can add a lot of interest. Another idea is to angle the legs and in this project we do both. Apply these ideas to you next project to spruce it up a bit!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Brad Nailer
  • Drill

Materials

  • 1" x 10" x 4' Board
  • 1-1/4" Pocket Screws
  • 2" Brad Nails
  • 2" Screws
  • 2" x 2" x 8' Board
  • 2" x 4" x 8' Board
  • 2-1/2" Pocket Screws
  • Hearing Protection
  • Pencil
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Safety Glasses
  • Wood Glue

Steps

STEP 1

Cut all wood according to the Cut List (also found in the project plan PDF).

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

1" x 10" x 4' Board, 2" x 2" x 8' Board, 2" x 4" x 8' Board
CUT LIST

STEP 2

Using a straight edge, mark the cut line. Then clamp and cut the taper on each leg (4) with a circular saw. (View in project plan PDF)

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

2" x 4" x 8' Board

STEP 3

Drill pocket holes, then assemble base temporarily with 2" brad nails while upside down. Then turn right-side up and complete assembly with 2-1/2" pocket screws. (View diagram in project plan PDF)

Tools

Brad Nailer, Drill

Materials

Pocket Hole Jig, 2" Brad Nails, 2-1/2" Pocket Screws

STEP 4

Drill Pocket holes and assemble top with 1-1/4" pocket screws. The top is made from the (2) 1" x 10" x 22" boards you cut in step 1. (View diagram in project plan PDF)

Tools

Drill

Materials

Pocket Hole Jig, 1-1/4" Pocket Screws

STEP 5

Center base on bottom of the table top and attach with 2" screws. (View diagram in project plan PDF)

Tools

Drill

Materials

2" Screws