Pottery Barn Inspired Side Table

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Project by Cory posted 05-02-2010 03:35 AM 3933 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I finished my basement a year or so ago, I’ve been wanting to build a side table to match my bar that I built out of old growth douglas fir (pics 3 and 4). The beams that I used for the top came out of a building I tore down that was built in 1880. I haven’t really been able to find a design that I like so I’ve been putting it off. Then I decided on a Pottery Barn table but didn’t want to spend $300. That led me to I ended up building this table out of regular old 2×4’s from HD. I used pocket hole screws to join everything together and some old maple stain to match the bar top. I think it turned out great, especially for about 2 hours worth of work and $10. Fine furniture it ain’t, but it’s built to take a beating from me and the kiddos. Next up is a console table for behind the couch.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 03:45 AM

looks fantastic. I love the finish on it. and that bar is just remarkable!

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 03:55 AM

The Fiance gets Pottery Barn catalogs every couple of weeks, and I’m always searching through them for design ideas.

Great looking table, and I gotta agree with PurpLev, that bar is awesome!

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 04:13 AM


Nice build and great use of pocket hole screw joinery.

Thanks for sharing.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 04:43 AM

that’s awesome! Only would have known it was 2×4 since you mentioned it :)

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 05:04 AM

looks good

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 06:07 AM

good job

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 07:08 AM

Nice work.
I like the look of your shop as well, with all the toys, a wagon and bikes.
Mine has two hockey nets, sports gear and so many kids toys they outnumber the tools by a wide margin

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 04:04 PM

Great looking, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 05-02-2010 07:21 PM

Awesome table Cory, really looks beefy in a cool way. Very cool new router table too, love it. Great job. Really like your kitchen Island, beautiful work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 05-03-2010 02:27 PM

Thanks for the compliments, everyone, I appreciate it.

twokidsnosleep: Maybe some day I’ll have a dedicated shop, until then I will be dealing with all the accessories of a busy family. I’m not complaining about it, though. I love having my little ones in there with me.

jockmike: Thanks!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#11 posted 05-03-2010 02:51 PM

HA! Way to go Cory you really pulled that off. I don’t think anyone will ever walk into your house and guess that you made that form HD 2×4’s. Good Job man.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#12 posted 05-04-2010 03:36 PM

Love the table and the bar! Great stain color.

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#13 posted 05-04-2010 03:42 PM

Thats an awesome table!
2×4’s or or not very nice my kind of furniture!
Fancy furniture doesn’t impress me it’s the simple
creative furniture that impresses me.
Good job nice quality!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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