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Easy Woodworking Plan – The Sarah Side Table

With the publishing of my new woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, I have reached a milestone: this is my 20th woodworking plan. I may have a celebratory cold beverage with dinner tonight. The Sarah Side Table reflects a new design trend for me – contemporary furniture made from natural materials. But still rooted in traditional shapes.

This table is an exercise in curves. For the curves, the design process started with the arched base which incorporates slight vertical elements or end points. The hope is that these help establish feet for the table.

Then, the same or very similar curves were added to the both ends of the top, the drawer pulls and a very distinctive cut out for the sides. About the sides, they get an additional design feature from a slender vertical separation, or gap. The shape of the pulls and their contrasting wood helps give the table a modern feel.

A couple of my friends have been encouraging me to make a woodworking project which is much easier to build than my previous ones. Like bird house plans which I have no desire to make. But I did use the Sarah Side Table as an opportunity to incorporate pocket screws as the primary joinery with dowels as a second joinery method. I wanted to see if I could create a design which looks more refined than what you typically find with pocket screws. See the slide show video below…


Some quick facts about the plan:

  • It is 22 pages in length
  • It includes a cut list and a material cutting diagram
  • It includes a link to the fully detailed SketchUp model
  • Most pages include large, color coded images
  • It includes sources for specialty items needed for construction (Kreg pocket hole jig and dowel center points).

This is a total woodworking guide for building this table: a lot of images, the SketchUp model and text which describes the construction process. The plan is organized to help you easily move from one step to the next ending with a successful project.

In case the video above moves a little fast, here are a few page images so you can get an idea of the level of detail provided…

Cover using my favorite headline font “Editor”.

Page 4 which includes the cut list and notes.

Page 9 where assembly begins.

Page 19, an overview of drawer construction.

Get the plan at Etsy

You can buy You Can Build the Sarah Side Table at my Etsy shop for $14.99 – a deal really since I saw some woodworking plans there for twice as much money. Go to my Etsy shop by clicking the link below…

Get The Sarah Side Table at Etsy

And, be sure to check out the my other plans at Etsy or the 15 free woodworking plans here at my website. These are instant downloads which do not require you giving me your email address and such. See all 15 here.

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  1. Richard Williams says

    I really enjoy your blog and plans! I PLAN to get your book!

    • Ha! A book! I have thought about packaging certain plans together in a bundle, but not a book. But you have me thinking. πŸ™‚

      • Richard Williams says

        I must have read it wrong! But a book, it could be soft cover is a great idea. You do some really neat things and I have thought some time of trying but I just look at your stuff and imagine myself doing some projects!

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