If you haven't heard of Ana White's website, you are missing out. She has TONS of fantastic plans to build your own furniture. They are super easy to follow. I loved these end tables, but i didn't need end tables, I needed a table for my little man to play on. I had already purchased 2 chairs for him and have thought about what to do about a table for a long time. When I saw these plans... I knew exactly what I wanted.
I had to change the plans a bit to work for what I needed. A standard kid table was 20 inches so I decided to go with that. I didn't want the top to be so chunky or his little legs wouldn't fit under it at 20 inches tall, so I used 1x2s and 1x4 instead of 2x4s. It worked beautifully! Here are my sketches of the changes I made to make it work for a little table (Warning: I am still very old fashioned when it comes to sketching anything... I like my paper and pencil. These are scanned into the computer but I did add readable labels instead of my chicken scratch. Good Luck reading them.):
Jenni gave me some 24ish inch 4x4 posts that they had left over from her fence project. Then all I had to buy were 2-1x2s @ 8' long and 3-1x4s @ 8' long. I started by cutting all the pieces for the frame. Make sure you are very precise or your table will be uneven and wobbly. I just used a miter saw for this.
Then following Ana's awesome instructions I got the frame put together. One thing she says is to use a counter sink bit on when you are predrilling the holes for the screws. I thought I could get away without it since I didn't have one... well I split the first 3 boards I tried to screw on. Ugh! Then I ran to the Home Depot and bought one. It was super easy to get this put together after that. So go buy a counter sink bit first and save yourself the headache (and wood).
Here is the frame all put together. Oh so pretty.
Now it is time for the top. When I cut my 28" long boards for the sides, I assumed that my 1x4s were 3 1/2" inches wide so when I got it all put together, I had a little overhang on either side that needed to be carefully cut with a jigsaw. I would recommend measuring the 1x4s and multiplying it by 8 then use that as you measurement for the two end pieces on the top. Hopefully no-one will ever notice the slightly less then perfect edges of the top :) I made sure to sand them very well.
I got all the screw holes filled with wood filler, sanded and put on a couple coats of Bright White paint and PRESTO! A beautiful table for little man. We celebrated the finished project by having a popcorn party!
He absolutely loves his table. It is just the right height for him and he uses it for everything now :) And a BIG THANKS to my handsome hubby who took these fabulous pics for me!
This project took me about 4 hours to assemble the table, then a few more hours to finish it up (over a few days because I had to wait for paint to dry). It cost me about $15 dollars since I didn't have to buy any 4x4s and I had left over paint/primer from his bedroom redo. It was so worth it! And following Ana's plans was so easy. I already have a list of other plans from her site that I want to try :)