Learn how to build a DIY hexagon end table using a single 8 foot 1×10 board with step by step plans & video tutorial. OR build it using 1x2s – your choice! I have printable plans for both!
Hexagons are the latest trend in home decor.
It is popping up everywhere from shelves to planters to furniture.
This simple hexagon end table is a great project to get your feet wet with a variety of techniques and processes!
Plus it is easy enough to build over a weekend.
Table of Contents
- All about the hexagon table
- Materials needed
- Dowel joinery for concealed joints
- Printable plans
- Video tutorial
- How to Build the hexagon table
- More DIY end table project ideas
- Hexagon end tables to buy
- Pin this project to Pinterest
All about this hexagon end table –
This table looks little but it packs a lot of special features behind the scenes.
- It is built using ONE 1×10 board. Yes! That’s right a single 8-foot board.
- However, I designed it such that you can build using simple 1×2 boards if ripping boards on the table saw is not your thing.
- No matter what route you take, this table will cost you about $15!
- All joints are concealed and I used a doweling jig. It was super easy to use and I cannot be happier with the way it turned out.
- Of course, there was a hexagonal glue up involved 🙂
DIY Hexagon End Table
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Materials to build the hexagonal end table
- Lumber per the plans
- Multi-mark tool
- Table Saw (if using a 1×10 board)
- GRR-RIPPER push block
- Miter Saw (See my full beginner’s guide to using a miter saw)
- Power Drill/Driver
- Brad Nailer and 1 ¼” finish nails
- ⅜″ dowel jig kit
- ⅜″ fluted dowel pins
- Wood glue
- Jig Saw
- Band Clamps
- Pipe Clamps or bar clamps
- Digital angle gauge (Optional but recommended for accuracy)
- Stain or paint of your choice. ( I used Walk Me Home by Behr in semi-gloss and Behr Semi-Transparent outdoor stain in Valise.)
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Dowel Joinery For Concealed Joints –
With so many joints in the picture, I specifically wanted concealed joints for this project.
I had never used dowel joinery before this and after a lot of research, I decided this was the way to go.
Using dowel joinery is really quite easy and if done accurately is quite foolproof.
How to use dowel joinery –
- Install the drill bit into your power drill and position the drill stop onto the bit at the desired depth (half of the length of the dowel pins).
- Line up the two boards that need to be joined and mark the center line through the joint. For example, I was joining 1½” wide boards so the center line was at ¾”.
- Line up the marked line with the center line on the dowel jig and clamp.
- Drill the dowel holes on both sides of the joints
- Add a small amount of glue in each hole, insert the dowels and join the boards. Use a mallet to put the joints together. Use clamps overnight to help squeeze the joints together.
DIY Hexagon Side Table plans
I made this honeycomb end table using a single 1×10 board. However, the below printable plans include instructions for both – using the 1×10 board and using only 1x2s – whatever works best for you.
How to build the hexagon table –
Below is a full video tutorial showing how I built this easy honeycomb end table. Step by step instructions and details follow.
Step by step tutorial for DIY hexagon table –
STEP 1 – Make the cuts
- Start by cutting off the part of the board that will make the table top.
- Rip the rest of the 1×10 into 1½” wide strips on the table saw. Note – always use a GRR-RIPPER to help stay safe!
- Cut the strips down to size per the cut list.
Step 2 – Build Frames
- Build 6 frames using dowel joints. The dowel jig is simple and easy to use. Be sure to check out the video above to see exactly how I did it.
- After drying overnight, the frames are ready for the next step
Step 3 – Cut Frames
- Set the table saw blade at a 30° angle. (Or 60° depending on the direction)
I love using my digital angle gauge for this.
- Bring the fence as close as possible to the blade so that the cut starts at exactly the edge of the frame. Be sure to make a few test cuts.
- Run each frame through the table saw so both ends of the frames are cut off at 30°. Be sure to check the direction of the cuts.
The cuts go through and expose one of the dowel joints but the joints are strong enough that this doesn’t matter.
In fact, I think this looks so cool 🙂
STEP 4 – Glue up the frames
- Lay down masking tape and band clamp on the workbench and arrange the frames over them.
- Add glue between each joint.
- Slowly roll them up to build the hexagon.
I have seen this done using smaller hexagons but I found this hexagon to be too large to support itself in the glue-up using only tape. I did end up using brad nails to hold them while I put it together and clamped it to dry overnight.
STEP 5 – Cut the top.
The top is cut from the part of the board we cut off at the beginning.
- Use the bottom frame built in the above step as a guide to cutting out the shape of the top using a Jigsaw. There will be two halves.
- Glue up the two halves to form the full hexagon using wood glue and clamps and let dry overnight.
STEP 6 – Add finish
- Fill any nail holes with wood putty and creases with caulking.
- Apply stain or color of your choice.
I decided to paint the bottom frame. I primed and then applied Behr Marquee in semi-gloss for the bottom. The color is called Walk Me Home and it is the perfect deep teal I was looking for.
The top is stained in Behr outdoor semi-transparent stain in Valise.
STEP 6 – Attach the top
- The top can be attached to the frame using either a strong glue or L-brackets from the bottom.
That it is!
Not too bad for around $15 in lumber!
Especially the fact that it was built using a single 8′ board!
I am also glad I went with concealed joints which gives the frame a nice continuous look.