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Benchright Round End Tables

May 1, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Make this side table inspired by Pottery Barn Benchwright Side Table! Free DIY plans from Ana White!

Benchright Round End Tables

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Benchright Round End Tables

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About Project

Author Notes: 

I've been wanting to share these plans with you for quite some time now!  I loved the style of the Pottery Barn Benchwright End Tables so much, I had been saving them to build for myself.  But with a book to work on (just finished the final edits this last week!) and a two houses in one to build for our moms, when Ashley from Shanty2Chic requested the plans, I knew I had to let them go.  That way we can all enjoy the plans sooner rather than later!

Here's from Ashley:

I love the tables!

I was a little intimated to build my first round piece of furniture however, the string and nail technique made it very simple. I used my Dremel Trio to cut the circles and my compound miter for all of the cuts. This was probably one of the most challenging builds I have conquered and I'm so glad I didn't shy away from these plans because I learned a lot through this build process! I now have two great end tables to show off for only $25 each!

Ashley has lots more photos and details here that you will want to check out!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Benchright Round End Tables
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 – 1x3 boards 8 feet long
1 – 2x3 board 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 boards, 8 feet long OR 24” round tabletop
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2” finish nails
Decorative bolts or nails

*If you can't find 2x3s (Our Home Depot stocks them) you can rip a 2x6 into two 2x3s. 2x3 needs to measure 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".

1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

BASE
6 – 1x3 @ 15” (Bottom Shelf Boards)
4 – 2x3 @ 23 1/4" (Legs)
8 – 1x3 @ 13” (both ends beveled at 45 degrees off square, not parallel, long point to long point)

TABLETOP
1 – 1x4 @ 24”
2 – 1x4 @ 23 1/2"
2 – 1x4 @ 21 3/8”
2 – 1x4 @ 16 1/4"

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Benchright Round End Tables

Build your bottom shelf as shown here. You can use the Kreg Jig or just a wood block underneath to attach.

Step 2

Benchright Round End Tables

Then add legs to bottom shelf as shown above.

Step 3

Benchright Round End Tables

Followed by the side aprons.

Step 4

Benchright Round End Tables

And then the top aprons. I recommend 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws here.

NOTE: To attach top with PHs later, drill 3/4" PHs facing upward on aprons.

Step 5

Benchright Round End Tables

Then build the top. You can also use a store-bought top, but I personally love the look of a planked, handcut round top. It's what makes this adorable table so rustic yet refined looking.

Step 6

Benchright Round End Tables

Attach top to base. You can use decorative nails or screw through aprons.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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My table

This is so funny! I just made this table last week based on the Benchwright table by pottery barn. I looked here first for a plan and didn't find one so I just made it up. I even thought about making plans to post, but I can't figure out sketch up! So cool to see the plans!
Here's a link to my blog post about my side table. http://amykayparnell.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/side-table/

posted by Amy Parnell (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-01 14:11
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Amy I love the green of your

Amy I love the green of your table!!! These tables seem to take paint well! Love your table!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2012-05-01 19:31
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Rounding off

Nitpicking, I can see that the jigsaw'ed edges are showing a bit in the photo.

From my personal experience in rounded edges, I would say that the best way to make them smooth is by using a belt sander (not as hard as one might think), or use a router with a center rotating point, to make it from the start 100% round and smooth.

Remember though, that making the cut with the router option only works for totally round, constant radius edges (if the radius changes, as in side table sides or such, you cannot use the fixed center router accessory).

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Glad my rulers have both metric and imperial scales....

posted by PedroAA | on Thu, 2012-05-03 03:23
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I will be making these

I will be making a pair of these soon. Just as soon as I finish the coffee table. (All I have left to do is stain) I'm so super excited.

If it is important, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

posted by jrankintamu | on Fri, 2012-05-04 23:38

Question! The lowes and home

Question! The lowes and home depot that are near me do not carry 2 x3 boards. They looked at me like I was crazy and said it does not exist. They also said if I tried to split a 2 x 6 it would split. Got an suggestions?

posted by mindy (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-16 10:19

Question! The lowes and home

Question! The lowes and home depot that are near me do not carry 2 x3 boards. They looked at me like I was crazy and said it does not exist. They also said if I tried to split a 2 x 6 it would split. Got an suggestions?

posted by mindy (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-16 10:36

Ask about a 2x3 stud instead

Ask about a 2x3 stud instead of a board. 2x3 is a stud size, like 2x4 only not as common. If you end up getting the 2x6, you will be ripping (cutting) it to size on a table saw, not splitting it. People do this all the time and it doesn't split the wood.

It sounds like they may have been confused because you were not using words in the way they are used to, but they should have taken the time to understand what you needed.

posted by Bander (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-16 12:44

pocket holes on beveled ends???

Am I missing something here? I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to put pocket holes in the skirt pieces. Please help!!

posted by DianeHibbs | on Mon, 2013-03-18 22:11

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