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Build an X-Brace Side Table with Concrete Top
We came across a side table with an X-brace base at a local furniture store and thought “that looks easy enough” but we wanted to do something a little different. We haven’t really experimented with concrete, so this was definitely a learn as you go kind of process. Luckily we had a few kid free hours to venture to Home Depot and figure out exactly how we were going to make this concrete X-brace side table work. So here you have it; our first ever concrete project! Built for under $20 and I think it goes great with our Belvedere Lounge Chair!

To get the full plans, cut list and printable PDF visit: http://rogueengineer.com/diy-x-brace-side-table-concrete-top-plans/

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  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 1
    Step 1

    After cutting the boards according to the cut list provided on RogueEngineer.com, assemble the X using 2-1/2" pocket screws (not shown). Then assemble the braces (shown) and drill pocket holes in the opposite side of the existing holes .

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use those pocket holes to attach the braces to the X.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 3
    Step 3

    When attaching the final brace assure that it is level and even.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add the 1x2 supports as shown to support the concrete and to help support the base when upside down in the mold.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 5
    Step 5

    Stain the base as desired.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 6
    Step 6

    Unroll the galvanized steel flashing and make a mark at 88". Form the steel into a circle so the overlap is at the 88" mark and tape the seam.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place the steel circle on a melamine (preferred) or plywood sheet, mix up the concrete and pour it in.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the base into the concrete as shown, check level, and let sit for 48hrs.

  • How to make a side table. Concrete X Brace Side Table - Step 9
    Step 9

    Break open the form, flip it over and use a sander to knock down the rough patches.

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