Make a DIY side table

Make a DIY side table

To make a unique and stylish side table, you just need a GTA 26 cordless pruner and a few materials. Why not give this rewarding DIY idea a go?

Creative living ideas for DIY enthusiasts

This easy-to-make side table makes a useful and attractive feature in your home. This is a DIY dream: a project that is not just fun to build, but which also requires very few resources. You can use our instructions as a creative guide, but the final design is in your hands – after all, what could be more unique than DIY furniture?

DIY side table: materials

You will need the following materials and tools for this side table DIY. When it comes to wood, it’s really a matter of personal taste, so you should simply use what appeals to you. Remember that wood will need long-term maintenance, for example regular oil or varnish application.

  •  STIHL GTA 26 garden pruner
  •  A wooden plank
  •  1 m long metal rods (1 x 8 mm, 2 x 6 mm)
  •  Pencil and ruler
  •  Construction adhesive
  •  120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  •  File
  •  Hacksaw
  •  Wood drill bits (8 mm and 6 mm)
  •  Cordless screwdriver or drill
  •  Personal protective equipment
Materials to build a DIY side table: STIHL GTA 26 cordless garden pruner, gloves, cordless screwdriver and more

Committed to your safety: protective equipment

Using powerful tools in your DIY is fun and means you can extend your abilities, which is great as long as you are relying on effective and safe protective clothing while using them. Always wear personal protective equipment when working with your chainsaw. This includes a helmet, cut protection trousers, safety boots, and more. The operating manual for your product contains more details on this. Fully familiarise yourself with the tool before you use your chainsaw for the first time, and check it is in flawless condition before each use. On request, your STIHL dealer will be happy to prepare your tool for its first use, and will also advise you on models and sizes of protective clothing that you can try at your leisure. Please remember that personal protective equipment is no substitute for safe working techniques.

DIY side table: step-by-step instructions

With materials, tools and safety considerations taken care of, you can start the DIY. Please ensure that you always wear safety glasses when cutting metal and drilling. This simple but effective project can be completed in an hour or two.

When the glue is dry, you can finish the wood. If you use clear varnish, we recommend that you apply one coat and then sand the surface with 180-grit sandpaper before adding a second coat of varnish to your DIY table. Alternatively, you can apply hardwax oil for a more natural finish that still protects the wood.

Using your DIY side table

When it’s finished, your side table needs a home! It makes a lovely living room plant stand, or a handy piece of furniture to keep by the couch for books and magazines. The stylish minimalist design makes it a versatile and striking addition to a room.
Admiring your handiwork may give you the taste for more DIY. It’s easy to adjust the size and design of the wooden side table, so why not make a whole set?

A finished DIY side table in a living room

Summary: make a DIY side table

  • This side table DIY doesn’t require many materials
  • A wooden plank and some metal rods are the main items you will need
  • The STIHL GTA 26 garden pruner means it’s easy to make this unique side table
  • Cut a wooden plank into a shape you like
  • Glue metal legs into drilled holes
  • Always wear personal protective equipment while you work, as directed in your operating instructions

What is a unique idea for a side table DIY project?

A unique idea for a side table DIY project is to make a table top from a plank, in whatever shape you like. Then you can bend metal rods into hairpin-style legs of different sizes. Drill and glue them into place for a unique feature.

How do you build a wood side table?

You can build a wood side table with a unique look by cutting a plank into a shape of your own design. Then, make stylish hairpin-style legs out of metal and simply drill holes to attach them to the table top. Glue them into place and varnish the wood.

How tall should a side table next to a couch be?

How tall a side table next to a couch should be depends on how you plan to use it, but in general you want them to be a little lower than the height of the sofa arms. Most side tables you buy are between 60 and 75 cm tall.