Project Overview

A wire side table is the perfect addition to any home. You can place it next to your favourite reading chair and use it to put your drink on, or to display your photos and flowers. It’s easy to make and looks great too.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings
2 Clamp the wood to the workbench
3 Mark your anchor point
4 Drill the hole for the anchor point
5 Secure the router
6 Cut the wood
7 Sand the tabletop
8 Varnish the tabletop
9 Cut the wire trellis to size
10 Prise open the picture frame hangers
11 Spray paint the base and brackets
12 Mark the bracket holes
13 Pre-drill the holes for the brackets
14 Attach the base to the tabletop
  • Step 1. Have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings

    Once you’ve decided how big you want your wire side table to be, then you can have your plywood pre-cut at Bunnings. Our table has a 600mm diameter.
  • Step 2. Clamp the wood to the workbench

    Clamp the plywood for the top of your table to the benchtop. Place a block of timber beneath your ply for clearance when you cut it.
  • Step 3. Mark your anchor point

    Set the adjustable arm on the router to the correct radius. Ours is 300mm. Mark the anchor point with the screw attached to the router arm.
  • Step 4. Drill the hole for the anchor point

    Use the 4.5mm drill bit to drill a hole to anchor your router. Don’t drill all of the way through the wood. The side where the hole is drilled will be the bottom of your table.
  • Step 5. Secure the router

    Remove the router from the arm. Use the drill to secure the router’s anchor point into the timber. Re-attach the router to the arm.
  • Step 6. Cut the wood

    Make sure the adjustable arm of the router is parallel to the timber. Start cutting the wood. Take your time and don’t rush cutting out the circle.
  • Step 7. Sand the tabletop

    Used an orbital sander to sand the tabletop. We started with a coarse 40 grit sandpaper and then graduated to a finer 240 grit sandpaper. Remember to sand the edges of the tabletop. Then, wipe away any dust.
  • Step 8. Varnish the tabletop

    To highlight the timber, we’re using Cabothane Clear to varnish our tabletop. Apply the varnish with a good quality paint brush. Let it dry and then lightly sand it back. You may need to apply three coats, sanding in between each.
  • Step 9. Cut the wire trellis to size

    Clamp the trellis for the workbench. You can use a timber offcut to keep the trellis secure. Use an angle grinder or hacksaw to cut the trellis to size, just above one of the circles. Ours was cut at 350mm.
  • Step 10. Prise open the picture frame hangers

    Use the pliers to prise open the picture frame hangers and flatten them out.
  • Step 11. Spray paint the base and brackets

    Place newspaper or a drop sheet under the base and the brackets. Use the spray paint to paint them both. You may need to apply two coats.
  • Step 12. Mark the bracket holes

    Place the base of the table onto the bottom of the tabletop, making sure it’s in the centre. Place the brackets where you want them to go and mark the screw holes.
  • Step 13. Pre-drill the holes for the brackets

    Take your drill and use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill the bracket holes.
  • Step 14. Attach the base to the tabletop

    Use the drill and screws to attach the four brackets to the tabletop.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Angle grinder or hacksaw
  • Clamp x 4
  • Cordless drill/screwdriver with 3mm pilot bit or centre punch
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Flat head screw driver
  • General purpose work gloves
  • Long nose pliers
  • Pack of large picture triangles
  • Router blade long enough to cut through the timber
  • Router with circle cutting attachment
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Ventilator mask

Materials

  • 1200mm wire trellis
  • 30mm black countersunk timber screws
  • Sandpaper 40 grit and 240 grit
  • Sheet of 30mm ply wood

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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