Looking for an easy weekend project? Update a basic side table with natural wood dowels. Simply cut different thicknesses of dowels to the same length to create a custom tabletop design.
Using wood glue and a pin nailer, attach 3/4-inch-diameter dowel segments around the sides of the tabletop to make a raised border. (Add 1/2 inch to the thickness of the tabletop to determine the length of the dowel segments.)
Cut 1/2-inch slices from dowels ranging in diameter from 1/2 inch to 2 inches; sand rough edges as needed.
Starting with the largest dowels first and filling in gaps with smaller ones, arrange the slices on the tabletop like a puzzle and adhere them with wood glue. Use heavy books or wood blocks to hold the dowels in place while the glue dries.