Step 4: Finish the Table

side table construction diagram
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Fill each hole with a plug. Using a pull saw, cut each plug flush with the surrounding surface. Sand and paint the table.
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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.