Distressed Circular Nightstand

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tealdriftwood added on 3/26/2016

Every room needs a pop of color. Using a unique table shape gives some added character in a living room, or as a nightstand in the bedroom. This distressed table can be made in an afternoon with a simple jigsaw and pocket hole jig.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Determine Curve for First Table Leg

The curve should be such that the distance between the most outer point of the leg and the most inner point of the curve is 7". To do this, Trace a box in your plywood that is 7" x 29 1/4". The easiest way to get the curve is to take a thin piece of scrap wood that has some bend to it and trace your desired shape, making sure the legs touch each side of the box outlined. The table legs should be 3" wide.


Cut Remaining Table Legs

After cutting out the first table leg, sand it down to remove any inconsistencies. Once it is consistent, trace the leg 3 times to ensure remaining table legs have the same shape. Cut them out.


Cut Circular Table Tops

Cut one table top with a 22" diameter and another with a 14" diameter. If you don't have a large compass, you can improvise by using a 1x2, putting a nail in the side, and clamping a pencil at the desired distance.


Cut Inserts for Legs In Lower Top

In the smaller (lower) table top, cut inserts for the table legs 3/4" wide and 3" deep. Once cut, use your Kreg Jig to put pocket holes at the edge of each cutout.


Mark Bottom Table Height on Legs

To ensure the bottom table top is level, mark each table leg 10" from the bottom.


Drill Pocket Holes in Table Legs

Use your Kreg Jig to drill two pocket holes at the top of each leg.


Assemble The Table

Start with the bottom table top, using glue and pocket hole screws attach the smaller table top to the legs as marked in Step #5. Once complete, turn the table legs upside down to attach the larger table top with glue and pocket hole screws.


Sand and Finish

After sanding, use your finish of choice. We chose to distress the table. Our method of choice on this project was to paint the corners with a dark chalkboard paint. Once dry, rub the corners with a block of wax before putting the appropriate number of coats of your final color. When the final color dries, lightly rub the corners with a low grit sandpaper to remove the top coat of paint and wax, but leave the color underneath.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 3/4" Thick, Half Sheet, Plywood  


(12) 1" pocket hole screws  
(1) 220 grit sandpaper  
(1) quart of stain/paint  
(1) wood glue  

Parts/Cut List:

(4) Legs, 3/4" x 3" x 29 1/4"  
(1) Table Top, 22" diameter  
(1) Table Top, 14" diameter  


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