Tidy Up Side Table: A How-To

Hey guys! Back again with the Tidy Up Side Table! The plans are live on Ana’s website, but I wanted to share how I put this sucker together. I use the Kreg Jig whenever possible, not just to hide the hardware but because the humidity here is outrageous. Pocket holes help keep my planks together over time, even living only 15 minutes from the beach. Here’s the run down:
I started just like the Tidy Up Coffee Table by building the sides. I attached my three planks together with pocket holes.

To add trim I just drill 1 1/4″ screws in from the back. I didn’t have enough scraps to add trim on the top, but you certainly can if you like the look.

Next up are the legs. I attach them using pocket hole screws I pre-drilled when I was drilling the side planks.

Next I added the bottom shelf. I jigged the three together, then used pocket holes to attach each board to the sides.

Now it’s time to add the supports, which also act as trim. For these I countersunk 1 1/4″ screws, since I planned to use plugs to match the coffee table I built. You could certainly use pocket holes if you want to hide the hardware.

After those were secure, I added the lower 2×2 support and trim.

For a little extra security, I added a center support with pocket holes.

I made the top with three 1×6 planks, *shocker shocker* kregged together.

To attach the top, I countersunk two screws on each end of every board and used a 1 1/4″ screw into the 2×2 below. Then I filled all my holes with plugs, sanded and stained with one light coat of Rustoleum’s Ultimate Stain in Golden Oak followed by two coats of spray on poly.

That’s it! It only took about an hour from start to finish (minus the finishing, of course). It’s the perfect little table to match your Tidy Up trundle coffee table. If you want to get really fancy, you could add a hinged door to hide the shelf. But I like the simple look. It’s just the right size for a stack of books or magazines.