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How to create this high end table for less than $100

So I am a huge fan of Designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. She has an unmistakable style and I tend to just fall in love with everything she does.

Just like when I saw this table a while back from her client bu round two project. I've really been loving everything fluted lately and this table just fits the bill perfectly. Now I didn't really have a need for a round dining table anywhere, but when it came to my living room I was really in need of a side table. And then it hit me, Wouldn't that table from Amber Interiors be perfect! So I got to thinking, How can I get that same look but in a side table. I looked at this photo and thought, that would be so easy to make!

Here is a photo of my version of the table in my living room:

So to Home Depot I went! This project was incredibly easy and I was able to complete it over the weekend.

Here is what you will need:

  1. (QTY 1) 1 in. x 2 ft. x 2 ft. Pine Edge Glued Panel Round Board

  2. (QTY 12) 2 in. x 2 in x 3ft. Wooden Dowels

  3. Wood Glue

  4. Sandpaper

  5. Measuring Tape

  6. Saw

  7. Gloves

  8. Paint brush

  9. Stain rag

  10. Stain

  11. Polyurethane

  12. String

  13. 1 nail

  14. hammer

  15. pencil

  16. Small bucket

Optional items

  1. Kreg Jig

  2. Screws

  3. Power Drill


Start off with figuring out how high you want your table to be. I have my table height at a total of 25 inches. Standard side table heights are usually designed to be equal to or just below the height of sofa armrests, which are around 25 inches, although this varies widely so exact measurements are important. Most side tables are between 22–30 inches. So figure out what works best for your space.


With the table top that we are using we will be cutting our dowels accordingly. So, cut all of your dowels down to 24 inches. I used our table saw for this, but if you do not have a table saw, you can use a hand saw, or I have even asked the employees at home depot if they will cut them for me. Just make sure that you know exactly what length you need before you go into the store if you are going to go this route.


Sand down your dowels after gettin them all cut. You want to make sure that all of the edges are smooth and ready for finishing.


Flip over your table top so that you can find the center of the bottom side. Use your measuring tape to to create the intersecting points. On that center point, you will then hammer in a nail. Make sure not to hammer it all the way through! Just enough to where it is secure. Then you will take a string and tie it around the nail. This will help us to make a circle that we can use as a guide for our base.

Figure out how big you want your base to be. But remember, the bigger the base the more dowels you will need. About 12 inches should be good. So go ahead and measure your string out to be a bit more than 6 inches and then tie it around your pencil. Go and create your guide by slowly moving the pencil around the nail with the string fully extended.


Stain all of your pieces separately. Its much easier to do this before assembling your table so you don't have any hard to get to spots. Do not get overly excited and try to rush the drying process. It is really important to give it the time it needs to let the stain sit. I let it sit over night and well into the next day to ensure that it was dry. I chose to do mine in a black custom stain, but if you are going for something closer to what Amber lewis had, I you can test a few different stains on an extra piece of wood.


Now for the exciting part!

Apply your wood glue to one end of your dowels and around the guide on the bottom side of your table top. Place your dowels along the circle guide that you created for your base. This is more of a no tools needed method for attaching the base, but if you would like to secure it a bit more, you can use a Kreg Jig to attach each dowel to the table top.

If you choose to just stick with the wood glue, you will need something heavy to put on top of the dowels to secure them while the glue dries.

If you find that your dowels are separating in some spots, I used some string and gently tied it around all of the dowels at the top middle and bottom to ensure there were no gaps forming with it dried.


Once the glue has dried and everything is secure go ahead and flip your table over. Look it over to make sure you don't have any spots that need touch up on your stain. If you are good to go, you can apply a good coat of polyurethane to protect your table. I prefer a satin finish so that I can easily wipe it clean without it being too shiny.


Enjoy! You can use these side tables in your living room, next to an occasional chair, or even as nightstands. They are super easy to make, and way more affordable than that high end piece.


You can also create a dining table using this plan with a few modifications and a few extra tools. If you are more advanced you could make your own large table top. I would suggest though, if you plan to make a dining table that you add a base to this to ensure that it isn't too top heavy.

Here are a few more photos of it in the space!

I of course didn't realize my kids blankets were in the photos when I took them! :( Life of a mom!

As always, Thanks for stopping by. Please leave your comments below or if you have questions I'd love to answer them. If you try this out, post pics of your new table!

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