Thinking about building your own DIY end table? Check out this DIY project where I built my own end table for an entryway!

Even though I just built a table for my entryway, I decided to build a second one for this corner because it was just too bare for my liking.

Check out a video of the build process here:

I actually have a table just like this up where I work, except it holds six baskets. I thought the basket idea was great because I would love a spot to store all my beanies/scarves/gloves in the winter time. So I took the dimensions of my particular corner then headed to my shop.

diy end table 151) The first thing I did was buy my baskets that way I could build the table around them. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% sale, then also used my 40% off coupon (score).

Note: My baskets are 13” wide, 6 5/8” tall, and 9 1/2” deep. Tip: Before buying your baskets, measure your space to get an idea of how deep and wide of a basket you should be looking to buy.

2) I got my baskets home and laid them out to start playing with the dimensions.

3) I grabbed some 1×2 pine boards I had and cut the legs. I first cut four pieces down to 28” then ripped them to be 1″ end table 144) Then I cut the pieces that will make up the sides, to 8 1/2” long.

5) To make my table have ‘feet’ I came up 3/4” and made a mark, then spaced the other two out 7 1/2”. This will leave 1 1/4” between the bottom shelf of a basket and the top of the other, so I will have room to reach in and grab it. Once I had all three lined out, I then glued, then clamped, then nailed the side pieces into place. diy end table 13diy end table 126) With one side all attached, I measured the spaces and made marks on the other leg then repeated the process.

7) Then I repeated step 5 and 6 in order to make a second identical side.

8) Next was to cut a back from 1/4” plywood. I originally thought I would place the sides on top of the back, but since I am going to be staining this and not painting, I didn’t want the ugly plywood end to show. So I cut the back to 13 3/8“ wide and placed it inside the sides. Note: I picked 13 3/8” because my basket are 13” so this gives them a little wiggle room.

diy end table 119) To attach the back I put wood glue on the ends then clamped them in place for about two hours. Note: I didn’t use my brad nailer just because I hate trying to nail into 1/4” plywood.

10) While the glue was drying, I moved forward with making the shelves to hold the baskets. I grabbed more 1x pine and ripped strips of 3/4” then cut 6 pieces to 13 3/8”. Then another 6 pieces to 8 1/8″

11) Now I started attaching them…..first with gluing on the backdiy end table 10then the two sides

diy end table 9then (what will be) the front.

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12) With the shelves in place, I made a top. I had a 1×12 (which is actually 11 1/4”) which leaves 1 1/4” hang over. I thought that was fine, so I cut the length to 17 1/2” which leaves a 1″ hang over on both sides.

13) Just to pretty it up some, I put a chamfer bit in my router and went over the two sides and the front edge, then used my nail gun to attach it in place.

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14) Now that it was all built, I just had to stain it. I first filled in the nail holes with wood filler then applied Minwax wood conditioner then some Red Mahogany stain.

15) I let it sit over night then applied two coats of polyurethane.

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Hmmm….I do not like that blonde color.

16) Spray paint!

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Ah yes, much better. : )


Total Cost: $26 for new baskets

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