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Criss Cross DIY End Table

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Criss Cross DIY End Table

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Table #2 of the four-table DIY end table extravaganaza! In case you missed it over on Instagram, we’ve been considering new end tables for our living room but couldn’t decide on a style, so I just went ahead and built a few! Here’s the second design – a criss cross DIY end table.

Enjoy the plans!



  • 2 | 2 x 2 @ 8′ (you’ll have quite a bit of extra)
  • 1 | 1 x 4 @ 6′
  • 1 | 1″ x 15″ Edge Glued Pine Round (available at Home Depot or Menards)


  • 4 | 2 x 2 @ 23″ with 5 degree miter (legs)
  • 2 | 2 x 2 @ 6″ with 5 degree perpendicular miter (top frame)
  • 2 | 1 x 4 @ 8 7/8″ with 5 degree perpendicular miter (criss cross)

DIY End table Leg Cuts:

DIY end table cuts

diy end table Top frame cuts:

Once you cut the top frame 2x2s to length, cut a 1 1/2″ half lap in the center of each. I used my miter saw to cut them, but you can also use a circular saw or router.

**In case you missed it, I shared a tutorial to cut half laps with a miter saw over on my Instagram page – make sure to head over there for more tips and tricks like this!

DIY end table cuts

To help visualize, the half laps fit together like this:

DIY end table cuts

If you do not feel comfortable cutting half laps, you can cut each board into two separate pieces and use pocket holes to put them together. I cut half laps since the boards are so short and it gets difficult to drill all the pocket holes.

diy end table Criss Cross Cuts:

Once you cut the 1x4s to length for the criss cross, cut 3/4″ half laps in the center of each as shown below.

Again, I used my miter saw to cut them, but you can also use a circular saw, table saw, jigsaw, or router (lots of options!). I just held the 1×4 vertically against the fence, set the blade depth stop, and cut little by little.

DIY end table cuts

The criss cross goes together like so:

DIY end table cuts

Step 1.

After you’ve finished all the cuts, assemble the first frame as shown. Attach the top 2×2 to the legs with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Drill two pocket holes on each end of the 2×2 for a strong joint to the legs. Place pocket holes on the top side of the 2×2 to hide them – you’ wont be able to see them once you attach the tabletop.

DIY end table step 1

Repeat to build the second frame:

DIY end table step 2

Again, drill two pocket holes on each side of the top of the 2×2 and attach to the legs with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Step 3.

Apply wood glue to the half laps and put the frames together as shown below.

DIY end table step 3

Step 4.

Apply wood glue to the 1×4 half laps and put the boards together to form the criss cross.

DIY end table cuts

Mark a line 5″ up in the center of each leg. Apply wood glue to the ends of the criss cross 1x4s, center it on each leg on the 5″ mark, and clamp in place.

DIY end table step 4

Pre-drill through each leg into the top and bottom on the ends of the 1x4s. After you pre-drill the holes, follow up with a countersink bit on each. Drive 2″ screws directly through the legs into the ends of the criss cross on all four sides. Sink the screws into the countersink you drilled and fill it with wood filler (or you could do wood or brass plugs for a cool accent).

DIY end table step 4

I did not use pocket holes here because the drill and bit are too long to fit inside the criss cross. However, if you have a right angle drill attachment, you can probably get away with it.

I just filled the holes with wood filler and you’d never even know they’re there!

Step 5.

I used a 15″ edge glued pine round from Home Depot for the top, but feel free to make your own if you prefer.

DIY end table step 5

Sand and stain before attaching the top to avoid having to work around so many corners.

I stained this table with my latest favorite stain combination – prestain, white wash pickling, and early american.

Criss Cross DIY End Table

Last, but not least – attach the top!

There are a lot of different ways to attach tabletops, but I go back and forth between small 3/4″ corner braces, figure 8 fasteners , or just screwing it directly in from the bottom. I used 3/4″ corner braces for this one.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Criss Cross DIY End Table

Holly Hold

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Your plans/designs are so beautiful--Zen. Thank you!!!

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