DIY Floating “X” Side Tables Tutorial

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Ever since I posted the tutorial for our West Elm inspired headboard a few weeks ago, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the floating side tables we built to go with it.

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So, by popular demand, I’ve put together some instructions for you all so you can build these yourself too! I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions!

DIY Floating “X” Side Tables

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MATERIALS/TOOLS NEEDED
(For 2 Tables)

    • Two 1 x 12 x 6′ common boards
    • Two 1 x 2 x 6′ common board
    • Foam Brush
    • Chop Saw
    • Sander
    • Drywall Toggle Anchors
      • Stud-finder
    • Pen

STEP 1: CUT BOARDS

Begin by cutting four 18.5″ and four 12″ boards out of the 1×12 material and four 18.5″ boards out of your 1×2 material.

Next, draw the “X” pattern on your 12″ boards but marking .75″ in from each corner, lining up a 1×2 between the marks and tracing.

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To cut out the “X”, use a jig-saw to cut along your lines. For the inside portions, you can drill a hole inside the part you’re removing in order to get your jig-saw blade in there to start.

Next, make a 45 degree cut on the end of each 18.5″ 1×2 board.

Lastly, sand all the pieces you’ve cut so that they’re nice and smooth. We use this little Black and Decker mouse sander – it does the trick. 🙂

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STEP 2: ASSEMBLE

Start by gluing and nailing your bottom board to the bottom of your “X” sides. Be sure you sandwich the bottom between the two sides, rather than the sides on top. (Sorry I didn’t get a picture of this step, my husband was responsible for the photos and he didn’t take any while assembling…)

Next, glue and nail in the top pieces.

Lastly, glue and nail in the 1×2 pieces inside on the back. These are the pieces you’ll use to attach the tables to the wall at installation.

STEP 3: STAIN AND SEAL

The last step before installing is to stain and seal the tables! We recommend using a foam brush to apply the stain and a small foam roller to apply the polyurethane.

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STEP 4: INSTALL

Each table should be hung using four screws – two on the top cross bar and two on the bottom cross bar. Using your stud finder, locate a stud behind where you want to hang your table. You’ll want to pre-drill a hole in each of the cross supports where the stud is so you don’t split the wood when you screw through the table into the stud. The other screw on each cross support will go straight into the sheetrock, so you’ll also need to pre-drill a hole in the sheetrock for the toggle anchors. After you’ve pre-drilled and positioned your table on the wall, screw it into place!

That’s it! Now you have sturdy and beautifully stylish new side tables!

Send me a picture if you make them – I love seeing your completed projects. 🙂

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Have a wonderful week, friends!

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