Free Mission Furniture
Plans for a Small Table
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
These free mission furniture plans will show you how to build a bedside table or small plant stand. The mission table is made out of pine, and was designed for the beginner woodworker. In the construction process of this table, we decided we wanted to revise it from our original plan so that all of the pocket jig holes will be completely hidden. The woodworking PDF at the bottom of the page reflects those changes in these Kreg plans.
The link to the pdf version of these beginner woodworking projects plans is at the bottom of this page. With the step-by-step instructions, numerous photos, and a pdf to take into the shop, you will have all the information you need to successfully build this mission style table.
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
Because these free mission furniture plans were designed for the beginner, there are only a minimal amount of tools needed. The woodworking hand tools used are:
- woodworking clamps*;
- tape measure;
- Kreg pocket jig; and
- glue (optional).
*If you only have enough resources to buy one clamp, make it one of the Kreg Tool Company face clamps.
The woodworking power tools used to make these free mission furniture plans are:
circular saw or jig saw, and a drill.
A power sander would be helpful, but not essential.
For beginner woodworkers we recommend that you use pine. It is much easier to work with than the hard woods.
To make this mission table out of pine, you will need the following materials:
- 1 3/4" thick, 12" wide, and 24" long pine panel;
- 2 1" by 2", 6 foot long pine pieces;
- 1 1" by 3", 8 foot long pine piece; and
- 40 1 1/4" coarse thread, Kreg pocket jig screws.
These plans could also be made from oak. If you do use oak, you will need to use the 1/1/4" fine thread screws manufactured by the Kreg Tool Company.
POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:
The Kreg pocket hole jig is designed for any woodworker, but it works exceptionally well on beginner woodworking projects.
The pocket holes are constructed to make a very strong joint, and in most projects, the pocket holes are in unseen places. This entire mission style bedside table was made with pocket hole joints.
Standard face frame pocket jig joinery was used to make the two side supports.
The second type of pocket hole joint was right angle joining for attaching the table top, shelf, and aprons.
WOODWORKING PROJECT COSTS:
The total project cost for these free mission furniture plans is approximately $35 - $40.
STEP ONE. Measuring and Cutting the Wood Needed for These Free Wood Project Plans.
Measure and cut all of your pieces to length.
- Top = 13" long and 11 3/4" wide;
- Shelf = 10" long and 11 3/4" wide;
- Apron = 2 pieces, 2/ 3/4" wide and 10" long;
- Legs = 4 pieces, 1 1/2" wide and 24" long;
- Center supports = 2 pieces, 1 1/2" wide and 14" long; and
- Rails = 4 pieces, 2 3/4" wide and 8 1/2" long.
In the photos above, you can see the 4 rails and the 6 pieces of stiles, which are the vertical pieces connected to rails. The rails are the horizontal pieces. Two of the stiles will be cut to 14" to make the center supports.
STEP TWO. Setting Up and Drilling the Pocket Holes
All of the wood used in these free mission furniture plans is 3/4" thick, so you will need to set the depth of your step drill bit only once. The pocket jig will also need to be set for the 3/4 inch thickness.
If you have any questions about how to set up your pocket screw jig, go to our
Kreg K4 Set-Up page.
Kreg K5 Set-Up page.
That will take you through each step with many photos, so that you will be confident your pocket jig is set up correctly.
Print out the pdf on the bottom of this page to see where you will use your pocket jig to drill the holes in each piece.
We changed these Kreg plans after the photos were taken, so follow the pdf plans, instead of the photos. Please note that the top will not have any pocket holes.
STEP THREE. Assembling Your Mission Table.
The first step in assembly is to make the two "face frames", which are actually the sides of your table. We do not use the face frame assembly jig any longer, but if you are new to pocket hole joints, we highly recommend it!
Click here to see how to use the Assembly Jig.
As you can see in the photos, the face frame clamp from the Kreg tool company is used extensively.
Once you have each of the sides assembled, it is time to sand them smooth. We used an electric sander, but wrapping sand paper around a block of wood, combined with some elbow grease, will also get the job done.
With the 2 side pieces assembled and sanded, you are ready to start adding the other pieces of these free mission furniture plans.
To print out the pdf for these mission style table Kreg plans, just click on the photo. Have fun building this little table!
The changes we made to our plans after building this very versatile, mission style table, are:
- changing where the pocket holes were drilled; and
- adding aprons to the bottom as well as the top.
This changed the dimension on the bottom shelf, so that the aprons would be flush with the side of the legs.