Small Utility Table

A friend got a small table-top washing machine. She wanted to put it on a low, sturdy table that would not allow it to “walk” off the table during the spin cycle. The dimensions of this table were chosen for her specific situation. You could easily add a shelf, but she wanted to put her wastebasket underneath, so I left it open.

The dimensions are 22.5″ wide, 15.5″ deep, and 24″ tall. The table top area is 14″ x 21″.

Shopping List

1 @ 2×3 x 8′ pine
3 @ 1×4 x 8′ pine
20 @ 1.75 or 2″ wood screws
10 @ 1.25″ wood screws
30 @ 1.5 to 2″ finish nails
wood glue
finish materials

Cut List

4 @ 2×3 x 22.25″ – Legs
2 @ 1×4 x 22.5″ – front & back edges
3 @ 1×4 x 18″ – horizontal supports
8 @ 1×4 x 14″ – top and ends
2 @ 1×4 x 13″ optionally cut one end at 30 or 45 degree angle
2 @ 1×4 x 9″

Step 1 – Make the Ends

Attach 2 legs together with one of the 13″ pieces. If you cut one end at an angle, align that end with the edge of the 2×3 as shown. The other end should be 1″ from the edge of the 2×3.

Use a square to get right angles, and use the 9″ piece as a spacer to get the width right. Pre-drill the screw holes, and attach with screws and glue. Build 2 of these in a mirror image, so one has the offset on the left and one on the right.

If you have a Kreg jig, you should also install the upper (9″) piece at this time, flush with the other side of the 2x3s. If not, install them at the end of Step 3.

Step 2 – Connect Both Ends

Connect the 2 end sections using the three 18″ pieces. The lower piece can be screwed into the end of the lower rails. For the upper pieces, drill through the 2x3s near the outer edge, and screw into the end grain of the 18″ pieces.

When drilling the holes for the lower rail, make sure they do not line up with the screws in the cross rails.

If you have a Kreg jig, you could use it on the top pieces instead of drilling through the legs. Install with the holes on the inside.

Step 3 – Attach the top rails

Attach the top rails on the ends by drilling through legs, so the screws can be driven from the inside. Note that when screwing through the 2×3 into the 1×4 you will need 2″ of screw depth, so if you are using 1.75″ screws, you should countersink by 1/4″.

Attach the front and back top rails by drilling through the support rails. Use glue and screws. Use the 1.25″ screws when attaching two 1x4s (which are actually 3/4″ thick).

The top of the rails should be 1.75″ above the top of the legs.

If you did not attach the 9″ cross pieces in step 1, attach them now by screwing into the outer rails.

You may also want to add some finish nails to the corners of the outer rails.

Step 4 – Attach the Top

Attach the top pieces with finish nails and glue.

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