Do-it-yourselfers know this: Once a project has been completed, plenty of material remains. The often high-quality building materials are usually too good to throw into the trash — but then the question remains: What to do with it all? With some clever thinking, most offcuts of wood can be upcycled into other projects that end up with unique character and style. For this example, wood remnants make it quick and easy to build a high-quality side table that not only convinces with functionality, but also with design. Our step-by-step guide shows how to make a side table from leftover wood.
And this would work for a coffee table, lamp table or other accent pieces as well. Let you imagination roam free!
Our side table consists of remnants of wooden strips of different length and width. The mix provides tension within the construction and contributes significantly to the modern look.
The dimensions and the type of wood you can vary depending on the taste and space of course. You can also stain the wood colored if you like it more colorful. Or perhaps even start with offcuts of wood from objects or walls that have already been painted.
The construction is very simple. In addition to the wood, you only need a negative form of the table, adhesive tape and glue.
Make a side table from leftover wood: 8 easy steps
Make a negative mold from wooden panels (picture left) , then wrap the mold with adhesive tape (picture right) so that the adhesive side is on the outside.
Apply the first layer of the wood without gluing it. They are held together by the blue adhesive strips.
Apply the second layer and fix this time with wood glue, also working around the shape to make the legs. Be careful not to work too far beyond the desired edge of the shape. Let one side dry before turning and working on the next.
Then also add a third layer, again working around the shape to make the legs.
Excess glue that spills between the wood should be removed immediately with a small spatula.
The extra at the legs is sawn off.
After you have applied the third layer of the wood, the table is ready. When the glue has dried completely, remove the support form and turn the table over. A matching glass pane is the perfect table top.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing and construction.