Richard’s Round 2×4 End Table

Richard made another end table a couple of months ago, and I finally got around to finishing it. Unlike the pallet end table, this one was made from 2x4s. He challenged himself to come up with a table that would still cost less than $10 in material, not including paint. It took less than two 8’ boards to do the whole thing!


DIY End Table-


He glued up lengths of the 2×4, drew a circle, then cut just outside the circle using the sabre saw. He used the belt sander to sand to the line. Probably would have been easier to do with a jig saw or band saw, but we have neither.

We wanted to keep it simple and somewhat rustic, so the sharp edges were simply softened with sanding, no router required.


Round End Table made from 2x4s-


It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the base is three pieces glued and nailed to a triangular piece in the center. He intentionally left a gap between the three pieces just for interest. The table also has three feet that angle slightly on the ends.


2x4 Table base-


I painted the base with my fave General Finishes snow white milk paint, then glazed and top coated. I painted the top with GF outback brown and glazed with their pitch black glaze. GF glaze is more grabby than what I’m accustomed to, and I had a hard time wiping it back off. Applying a coat of poly first would have made it much easier to work with. 2 or 3 coats of poly on top finish the piece nicely.


2x4 End table round top-


Tis the season…


Richards 2x4 Round End Table-


A little funky, a little rustic. This little round 2×4 end table is certainly budget friendly, and a lot easier to paint than thrift store finds. And no cleaning off creepy stains. Which of Richard’s two end tables do you like best?




  1. I like them both, but am impressed with how great the circle top came out by improvising! My hubby dreams of having a band saw….one day but he also makes it work with what he has :0). I am hoping he will have some time to work on a hall tree for me over the holidays!

    • I was impressed with how well the circle turned out, too, Marsha. I can’t cut a straight line without a few wobbles. Would love to see the hall tree. Have a great Christmas!

  2. Great table, Sheila! Richard did a great job!
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  3. This is a fantastic table! I also love the palette table! I’m not much help on choosing a favorite table. Each one is so unique. I love the round top on this one and the great colors on the other one. He’s quite talented. I think it runs in the family!
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  4. Kathy Phillips says:

    nice job looks great!

  5. Well, you guys just make it look too durn easy! I like this one , the top is so lovely! ♥

  6. Carole Henderson says:

    Great table! I think I would like the round table only a little taller to go with some tall outdoor stools we have for the porch. You both did a great job!

  7. That’s awesome can I ask, did he just use wood glue? It looks like one piece I’ve always wondered how it just stays together with glue that washes in water.
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    • The boards for the top are put together with just wood glue, no screws or nails. We have another small table that he built years ago, and it has never come apart. You can sort of wash wood glue off while it’s wet, but once it’s dry, it isn’t going anywhere. He did use screws to attach the feet to the legs, and his brad nailer to attach the legs to the triangular piece. The base is screwed to the top.

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