Skip to Content

Simple DIY Side Table with Wheels

Build this beautiful side table from just one board.

Side tables are super useful and really bring a room together. But more importantly, they are fun to make!

Since end tables are small, they do not require a lot of lumber to build. You might even have everything you need to build this one in your scrap pile.

I had a left over 1×8 poplar board. It was not used for the last project because it had some vibrant colors in the grain.

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Those colors did not work for the last project, but this simple side table with wheels was the perfect place to let the unique grain pattern shine.

DIY end table on wheels next to a brown leather chair.

The style of this side table was inspired by another project I made (and love), an amazing kitchen cart.

Since I had a couple pieces of aluminum angle iron left over, it was the perfect reason to create a coordinating table.

This simple rolling side table is great DIY project for beginners. With just a few basic tools you will love what you can create!

Poplar side table with colorful grain and black metal legs.

One Board Project

This side table was built from one 1×8 board left over from building our DIY built-in desk! There is nothing better than creating something amazing from scrap wood.

To get all the pieces from 1 board, first you cut the 1×8 pieces needed. Then the remaining piece is ripped into a 1×2 (1 1/2″ wide) and 1×6 (5 1/2″ wide) board.

If you do not have a way to rip down the board, you can still make this fun side table from scraps of 1×8, 1×6 and 1×2. You only need a few small pieces of each.

Or feel free to buy the boards you need. This beautiful end table is worth it!

Small side table built from one board.

How to Build a Side Table

Tools & Materials

Recommended Tools:


Overall Dimensions

The finished side table is 18″ x 16 1/2″ and 20 3/4″ tall without the wheels. With 3″ castor wheels, it makes the side table just under 24″ tall.

You can easily adjust the height of your own DIY side table by cutting the leg pieces longer or shorter as desired.

3D drawing of the small side table with dimensions noted.

Cut List

Cut out the pieces according to the diagram in the PDF plans.

Button to buy the PDF build plans for the simple side table.

To make sure all the pieces are cut the same length. I like to clamp a scrap piece of wood to my miter saw table as a stop.

This is a simple way to ensure accuracy in all your cuts which means a more square and professional looking finished piece.

Cutting boards on a miter saw using a scrap wood as a stop.

Also, cut the aluminum angle iron pieces for the legs. This can easily be cut with regular wood working tools because it is aluminum.

I used a scrap wood stop again to ensure all 4 legs were the exact same length.

Cutting angle iron on a miter saw.

STEP 1- Assemble the table top

Line up all 3 of the table top pieces. Look at the grain and coloring and decide how you want them lined up to make the table top.

Set your pocket hole jig to drill holes in 3/4″ thick material. Drill pocket holes in the back on both sides of the center board.

Drilling pocket hole screws with the Kreg 720 pro.

Add wood glue to the edges of the board. Attach the outer boards to it with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Use face clamps to keep the pieces aligned as you secure them.

Glueing 3 boards together along the edges and securing with pocket holes.

STEP 2- Build the apron

Add pocket holes (still set for 3/4″ material) to both ends of the smaller apron boards.

Attach them between the longer boards to create a box. Use a corner clamp to hold the boards as you secure them.

Secure with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Assembling the table apron from 1x2 boards with pocket holes.

STEP 3- Assemble the lower shelf

Lay out the lower shelf boards and decide which direction they will go.

Would you like to save this tutorial?

I'll email this post to you, so you can come back to it later!

Drill pocket holes set for 3/4″ material in the center edge of one of the boards.

Attach the two boards together with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Glueing together 2 boards and securing with pocket hole screws.

STEP 4- Finish the pieces

Now that all the pieces are cut and assembled, it is time to finish them.

For my table top and shelf, I just sealed the wood to let the unique grain and colors shine.

I stained the table apron black to match the legs.

Staining the table apron black.

To paint the aluminum legs, you first need to prime them with an etching primer.

Then paint them (I used a satin black) with 3 light coats of spray paint.

Spray painting aluminum angle with primer and black paint.

I also spray painted the heads of 16 pocket hole screws to use to attach the legs later on.

You need a pan head screw to attach the aluminum angle so the pocket hole screws work great!

STEP 5- Assemble the side table

Drill holes big enough for your figure 8 fasteners to go in the top inner edges of the apron.

Use a chisel or utility knife to remove the material on the side of the hole making room for the fastener.

Attach the fasteners with a wood screw.

Attaching figure 8 fasteners to the table apron.

Lay the apron on the underside of the table top. Center it.

Then attach the apron with 3/4″ long wood screws through the figure 8 fastener into the table top.

Attaching the apron to the table top with the figure 8 fasteners.

To attach the legs, first you will need to pre-drill holes for the screws.

Measure where the screws will go according to the diagram in the printable plans. You want to make sure the screws are offset.

Place the angle piece on the edge of a scrap of wood. With a metal bit in your drill, drill a hole big enough for the screws to go through.

Drilling holes for the screws in the angle iron.

Attach the leg pieces to the apron. Make sure they are flush to the underside of the table top.

Secure with the painted head screws.

Then flip the table over and insert the shelf in between the legs. Attach it with more painted screws so it is flush with the underside of the shelf.

Attaching the metal legs to the table apron.

Attach the wheels to the bottom of the lower shelf.

Secure with 3/4″ pan head screws.

Attaching castor wheels to the bottom of the DIY side table.

Don’t forget to grab the printable PDF plans here!

Premium plans include:

  • Recommended Tools
  • Materials list
  • Detailed cut list
  • Plywood cut diagrams
  • Step-by-step instructions with 3D renderings
  • Helpful resources
  • BONUS: Easy 1 Page Printable Shopping and Cut List
  • BONUS: 3D SketchUp file

And you’re done!

Flip your new side table over and admire your work. This fun table is perfect to add to any room you need a little table.

And the wheels make is super useful for moving to where you need it most!

DIY side table with wheels and metal frame next to a chair.

More Scrap Wood Projects:

This project is part of Scrap Wood Summer series!

Each week during August, Woodshop Diaries and I will share a new scrap wood project. Save money and build with your scraps instead.

Check out any projects you may have missed below and come back next Tuesday for new builds.

Happy building!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati