Easy-Build Table

Have you ever wanted to build something with wood? Here’s your chance to learn with Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man with this Easy Build Table online course and free woodworking plans. Sign up and track your progress through the course or click any lesson below to dive right in.

On August 15, 2008, an email arrived that got me designing and building this table almost immediately. The table has been a part of our home life ever since.

The message came from South Africa, informing my wife and I that a little girl was available to adopt. We ended up calling her Ellie and had spent the previous 18 months wading through paperwork to get to this moment. There she is to the right in her workshop overalls.

Last minute preparations of our new daughter’s bedroom before we traveled to get Ellie from the city of Durban showed us that we needed a storage table, and we needed it fast. I wanted something classic and good looking, yet quick to build. The table also needed to be made entirely of solid wood. I’m a stickler for this kind of thing.

Check out these free woodworking plans and online course to learn how construct a high-quality table that will last for years. The design and construction principles I used are efficient and they make sense for many different situations. Coffee tables, end tables, kitchen tables and bedside tables can all be built by altering leg length, shelf locations and tabletop proportions. In one way, this course is about building one particular table design, but it’s more than that. I’ll also explain how to use this construction approach to create variations on the simple table theme. The drawings, photos and instructional videos all show key parts of the project. My aim is to get you as close as possible to having me with you as you make your own easy-build table. Detailed plans, instructions that cover real-world challenges and videos through this course are made so learning is easy. Watch the video above to see how Ellie's Easy Table can come together in your own shop.

Your Woodworking Adventure Starts Here

So here's an opportunity to learn some great basic woodworking skills and put them into practice building a table that looks great and works well. The building course I've put together includes detailed plans, instructions, photos and how-to videos. It's the next best thing to having me in your shop helping you personally.

Try It out

Don't just take my word for it. This entire online course is available free of charge. I'm a cabinetmaker by trade and I've been teaching people how to work with wood since 1988. So go ahead. Jump right in. You'll be building something beautiful before you know it!

You can sign up and enroll in the course to track your progress, or feel free to click any lessons below to dive right in!


Estimated Time: It'll take 2 to 4 days to complete your table

Getting Started

Roughing Out the Parts

Gluing, Trimming & Construction

The Big Finish