Here’s the perfect place to park your beverage, snacks, remotes; anything you want close at hand while you’re relaxing on the couch. It’s a “table,” made from just three boards, that straddles the arm of your favorite sofa or chair.

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Compass
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 1 Board , 1x8 , 48"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 4 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws
  • 1 Stain or paint

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Back , 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 12"
  • 1 Top , 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 18"
  • 1 Front , 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 10"


  • Cut the Parts

    Cut one Back, one Top, and one Front to length from a 1x8 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

  • Add Curves and Pocket Holes

    Using a compass, lay out a 2 1/2" radius on two corners of the Top, and cut the arcs using a jigsaw. Sand the arcs smooth. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes in the Back and Front, as shown.

    Tip: Sand to Perfect the Shape

    When cutting with a jigsaw, don’t try to cut exactly on the line. Cut just outside the line—on the “waste” side—and then sand to get the exact shape. You’ll get better, smoother results.

  • Attach the Back

    Attach the Back to the Top using 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws. If you’re using hardwood, such as oak, use fine-thread screws. Use coarse-thread screws for softwoods like pine.

  • Attach the Front

    Before you attach the front, check the width of your sofa or chair arm. You should subtract 1/2" or so in order to make sure the table will slide over and fit snugly. Once you’ve determined where to position the Front, attach it using 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws.

  • Sand then Stain

    After assembly, sand the table as needed, and then apply stain or finish to give it the look you want.