After we built our deck table, I noticed that we had a few boards of mahogany left over. Rather than try to find a place to store it, I decided that I would use the scraps to build a small side table, and give myself some more practice with the Kreg Jig. With the help of the jig, I think this project took about an hour, and since I made it out of scraps, I'm calling it free. So this is what I came up with:
I made this in the same basic style as our larger table. First, I made the top by cutting the pieces to length and drilling pocket holes:
The middle pieces are 15.5", and the ends are 21". For my board's width (a little under 3"), this makes the table square. I used hardwood floor spacers to set a gap between each board for water drainage.
Next I added the apron piece underneath with more pocket holes. I did make sure that the skirt pieces extended onto my edge pieces so that they weren't just putting pressure on my joints:
Finally, I added the legs and some little bracing pieces like this:
Here's the top after a coat of teak oil:
It's really that simple! I think if I wasn't using scraps I would have used a skinnier board for the apron and thicker boards for the legs, but for a free table, it looks just fine.
Have a good week!