West Elm Leather Sling Side Table Knock Off

I was needing a little table at the end of my sofa.  I had purchased a little garden stool that worked perfectly, until I put a drink on it and realized the top wasn’t quite flat and level.  I also love perusing magazines and try and read them when I have some downtime.  A busy summer means I have back months of magazines to still read and I wanted a place where they would still be visible so I wouldn’t forget to read them.  When I saw the $299 West Elm Leather Sling Table I decided to create a similar one with a more industrial vibe that would reflect my style a bit more.  Plus my garage is busting at the seams with scrap wood that I knew would be free to use for this project.  I ask my dear friend’s son to help me with this project since he has been wanting to learn more about woodworking.free plans for a west elm inspired magazine sling end table west-elm-inspired-magazine-sling-table


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Supplies:

1″ x 3″ x 6′

2″ x 2″ x 8′

1″ x 2″ x 6′

3/4” 2′ x 4′ oak or birch plywood (top)

1/4” x 1” (plywood edge finish)

Extra supplies:

chop saw and table saw

1/2” spade bit

threaded 1/2” rod

4 acorn nuts and 4 washers

Kreg Jig

1 1/4” pockethole screws

finishing supplies

sander

drill

pleather fabric (I got mine from Jo-Ann Fabrics)

sewing machine and coordinating thread

optional: corner brace and upholstery tacks

1.  Cut out your all your pieces except for the plywood top. I also like to sand all the pieces with 120 grit sandpaper before assembly.

2. Drill a 1/2” hole into your 2”x 2” pieces.  I used a drill press to get a nice straight hole.  But using a hand drill would work too.  Just make sure you aren’t accidentally drilling it in at an angle.

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3.  Screw the side pieces into your legs leaving a 1/4” gap in the front of the table.  Using a 1/4” scrap piece of wood and setting it under your 1” x 3” while you screw it in will give you that inset. Note: Make sure you pay attention to the direction of the pocketholes making sure they going upward so you can screw in your tabletop later.

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4.  Measure the length and width of your base and cut the plywood piece that size.  Flip your table over and use 1 1/4” pockethole screws to attach the base to the plywood top.

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5.  To finish the plywood edge you can either use iron-on edge banding or rip some 1/4” x 1” strips from scrap wood and cut and nail them in place.  Since I wanted it to overhang just a little I opted for this route.

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6.  Next add your stretchers.

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7. Cut a metal threaded rod to fit leaving about 1/2” beyond the table.

8.  Finish your table.  I filled all the nail holes, sanded my table smooth, wiped it down and applied Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner to the entire piece. Then 5 minutes later I wiped it again and stained it with one coat of Minwax Special Walnut.  After 10 minutes I wiped it down again.  After 8 hours I applied a coat of Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane.  I let it dry and then sanded between coats and added about 2-4 coats total (2 to the base and 4 to the top of the table).

9.  Sew your magazine sling.  Cut a piece of fabric 18” x 48”.  Fold right sides together and use binder clips to hold it in place while you sew.

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10.  Sew 1/2” seam allowance leaving a hole for turning.  Clip corners. Turn inside out.  Finger press, binder clip and top stitch.  Then fold under your two 17” sides under 1” and sew a casing for the threaded rod.

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11.  Slide the threaded rods in place through the casing on the magazine sling.  Secure with a washer and an acorn nut.

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12.  Optional:  To add some industrial details add a 1/2” metal angle to both corners.  I used an upholstery tack pounded in with a rubber mallet to hold the angles in place.  The details totally matches the 2×4 farmhouse industrial end table I built on the other side of the couch.

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Now I have a place to set a drink and a place to store all my magazines.  Dual purpose is my fave.

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Comments

  1. This is incredible!! I actually like this one better than the original!! Great Job!!

  2. Excellent work! One question did you grinded those screws on metal angle or just bought them that way? I am planing to do some restoration of old closet and all screws are grinded similar.

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