Sofa Arm Table

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buildsomething added on 6/12/2015

Here’s the perfect place to park your beverage, snacks, remotes; anything you want close at hand while you’re relaxing on the couch. It’s a “table,” made from just three boards, that straddles the arm of your favorite sofa or chair.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Cut the Parts

Cut one Back, one Top, and one Front to length from a 1x8 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

2

Add Curves and Pocket Holes

Using a compass, lay out a 2 1/2" radius on two corners of the Top, and cut the arcs using a jigsaw. Sand the arcs smooth. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes in the Back and Front, as shown.

TIP: SAND TO PERFECT THE SHAPE

When cutting with a jigsaw, don’t try to cut exactly on the line. Cut just outside the line—on the “waste” side—and then sand to get the exact shape. You’ll get better, smoother results.

3

Attach the Back

Attach the Back to the Top using 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws. If you’re using hardwood, such as oak, use fine-thread screws. Use coarse-thread screws for softwoods like pine.

4

Attach the Front

Before you attach the front, check the width of your sofa or chair arm. You should subtract 1/2" or so in order to make sure the table will slide over and fit snugly. Once you’ve determined where to position the Front, attach it using 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws.

5

Sand then Stain

After assembly, sand the table as needed, and then apply stain or finish to give it the look you want.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x8, 48", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(1) Back, 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 12"  
(1) Top, 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 18"  
(1) Front, 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 10"  

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