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DIY Modern “Z” Side Table

Easy to follow tutorial for a DIY Modern Style Side Table shaped like a ‘Z’.

Hey guys! So I’m so excited to share with you the great news! I’m the newest member of The Sawdust Girl mentorship squad.  Every month we will be showcasing different themed projects in which we will be challenging ourselves as woodworkers and carpenters under the tutelage of Sandra of the Sawdust Girl. This month we will be introducing ourselves and demonstrating different projects that each member of the squad has created. In my case I am showing you just how easy it is to go modern.  You know once you go modern…. yea there is no more french country.  OK, I lost you there. Heck I lost me there. But anyway check it How to Build a Modern Plank Chair.  I paired the chair with an equally simplistic streamlined side table.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1x8x6 premium wood
  • 2″ Spax screws
  • 2″ Brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Stain or paint of choice


  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Brad Nailer
  • Tape Measure

Cut list

  • 1 – 20″ piece with one end cut at a 45 degree angle (middle)
  • 1 – 15″ piece with one end cut at a 45 degree angle (top)
  • 1 – 15″ piece (bottom)


OK Let’s Get Dirty!


  1. Start out by cutting your wood pieces to size.  
  2. I recommend staining or painting before you get started assembling, but I’m so indecisive when it comes to color so its ok to complete the piece and let the finished side table ‘speak to you’ and tell you what color best suits it.  (Hahaha)
  3. Now start with the bottom, apply wood glue to the area where you will place the middle board.  After applying the glue, I used a brad nailer to join the boards because it’s a beast trying to clamp together angled pieces.  So nail the pieces in place and drill 2 – 2 inch Spax screws into the boards at an angle.    
  4. Attach the top board to the middle applying the same technique,  apply wood glue and nail the boards together before screwing it in place.  
  5. Apply wood filler to the nail and screw holes.
  6. Sand and allow time to dry.
  7. Paint or Stain.






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  1. This is an awesome unique and easy to replicate table. LOVE IT! We’re fully furnishing our first home and this will definitely be a easy purchase. Thanks for making this post!

    1. Thank you Jasmine! I’m so glad you like it. Yes, it is super easy to do. Good luck with the room renovation. You got this!

  2. WOW! I just discovered this blog and LOVE it! I’m doing a happy dance…!!

  3. Charu Kalanidhi says:

    I love the clean lines and simplicity of this piece, but I had a few questions. Is there a reason why you don’t join the bottom piece to the middle the same way as you join the top piece to the middle? Also noticed that the bottom piece would stick out a bit beyond where the top ends. Something to do with the stability?

  4. Dan Alaniz says:

    Thanks so much for this easy to understand set of instructions and drawings. I am just starting out and I do have one question. You specify a 1x8x6 board for the pieces. The actual size of this board will be 3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 6′. Your drawings show the thickness of the boards to be 1-1/2″ so did you actually use a 2x8x6? The pictures do look like 2″ nominal boards which would be 1-1/2″ thick. Perhaps I should have figured that out but I just started a couple of months ago so I don’t like to make assumptions with other people’s plans. Thanks for any clarification.

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