Step 3: Put the Pieces Together

side table construction diagram
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Glue and screw the skirt pieces to the underside of the tabletop and shelf, then clamp that frame between the leg assemblies. Drill pilot holes out through the skirt and halfway into the crosspieces, making sure not to punch all the way through. Secure the top and shelf with deck screws.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw, to cut the tabletop and shelf
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, to cut the decorative curves
    • japanese pull saw
      Pull saw, to cut the plugs
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a combination countersink bit
    • bar clamps
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. Wood glue

    2. 2-inch deck screws

    3. 3/8-inch screw-hole wood plugs

    4. 2x2
    Get two 6-foot lengths to make the legs.

    5. 1x2
    Get one 8-foot length to make the tabletop skirt and upper crosspieces.6. 1x3
    Get one 8-foot length to make the shelf skirt and lower crosspieces.

    7. ¾-inch plywood
    Get a half sheet to make the tabletop and shelf.