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How to Build a Small Side Table (page 4 of 5)

We built this small table for extra bathroom storage, but it can be made to go almost anywhere.

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Create the Leg Assemblies

Use the layout in Image 1 as a guide for cutting the legs to shape. Rip the 4x4 to 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" first. If you'd prefer not to rip the legs to size, use 3x3s.

Cut the 10-degree taper on a table saw using a tapering jig and the 15-degree angles on a miter saw.

Use the layouts in Images 2 and 3 to cut to shape and drill pocket holes in the side rails and end rails.

Use 1x scraps as spacers to position the side rails 3/4 inch from the face of the legs (Images 4 and 5). Apply glue to the ends, position flush with the top of the legs, clamp in place with a right-angle clamp, then attach using 1-1/4" pocket-hole screws. Create two assemblies.