Take an inexpensive wooden chopping board and a few pieces of timber and turn them into a practical and versatile side table.
Try this month’s DIY project and turn a timber chopping board into a side table.
1 For the vertical pieces, measure your chair then measure and cut 2 lengths of pine to your desired height measurement (in our case, 650mm). For the side pieces, cut 4 x 320mm lengths. Use square to measure and then mitre (cut a 45° angle) 1 end of each. For the front pieces, cut 2 x 430mm lengths. Mitre both ends of each, making sure 1 side still measures the full 430mm.
Glue 2 side pieces either side of 1 front piece, joining at mitred ends. Secure with a 32mm screw through each mitre. You should now have two U-shaped frames.
Place 1 frame on floor. From above, it looks like football goalposts. Measure and mark a small rectangle 40mm x 10mm x 40mm out of the foot of each “goalpost” on the inside (to create 2 notched ends that are 10mm thick, not 20mm). Use tenon saw to cut out this rectangle. Repeat on other frame. On vertical pieces cut the same notches at BOTH ends (notches to be on the same side). In the next step, these notches will fit together to form a right-angled join; see corner Step 5 photo.
Now attach vertical pieces to side pieces, slotting notches over each other at right angles. Use glue and 16mm screws to secure. Leave to dry. You should now have a complete frame minus the chopping board.
Once glue is dry, slot chopping board into top of frame, trimming it a little if necessary. Keep it flush to top. Screw a 32mm screw through each side and into the board. Measure and cut a piece of pine (should be about 390mm) to finish the frame around the board and glue and screw into place. On the top, fill gaps in the corners with glue and let dry.
Sand all over then paint with three coats of paint, drying in between. Or apply clear varnish for a natural finish.