DIY Dining Table:
Your dining table is usually the sacred family place where all the family discussions take place. It is where all the tears and joys are shared over a hearty meal and take center stage when your near and dear ones congregate over a cup of tea or coffee. It is because of all these and more than the dining table forms an inseparable part of our family lives. Creating and designing a dining table DIY is the ultimate in an outpour of love for the family.
Here is your ticket to building a DIY dining table of 62″ x 45″ with seating for 6:
- 3 (three) – 1″ x 12″ x 8′ common board (Table Top)
- 3 (three) – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ framing studs (Apron and Supports)
- 1 (one) – 4″ x 4″ x 10′ douglas fir (Table Legs)
- Sander and sandpaper
- Kreg Jig (K4 Kreg Jig or an R3)
- Kreg Screws ( ¾”, 2 ½”
- Miter saw
- Circular saw
- Hand planer
PAINT & STAIN
- White Paint
- Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish
- ASSEMBLE TABLETOP
First, you’ll assemble your tabletop. Use a 1″ common board for the tabletop as it is thinner and lightweight. This table is solid wood, so every bit of wood weighs it down- so the lighter the better. Common board is notoriously known for warped boards so when you go to the hardware store to choose your wood, be sure to check that your boards are straight.
After you have made your cuts (see above), connect the boards using a Kreg Jig with Kreg screws. You can use wood glue in between the joints, be sure to wipe up any runs or drips so the stain will go on nicely. Once the table top is assembled, use a simple hand planer to even out the boards.
Sand out your table top using a sander and a medium grain sandpaper making sure to get the edges, sides, and corners of the tabletop. Sand again using a fine grain sand paper. Wipe off all dust with a damp rag.
Now on to the stain. Chose to get a stain that matches the kitchen cabinets and decor. Stain your tabletop according to the stain directions making sure to cover the top, sides and 5″ on the underside edges of your table. Let dry overnight.
- ASSEMBLING THE TABLE APRON AND SUPPORTS
The table will need an apron and supports to keep it sturdy. First cut the framing studs to the length indicated below. The 39″ pieces will be your table ends and the 53″ will go the length of your table. The 35¾” pieces will be supports that go in between. Use the Kreg jig and screws to assemble supports. Once the apron and supports are attached, sand and paint.
- CONNECTING TABLETOP AND APRON
Use the Kreg Jig to make pocket holes on the apron to screw into your tabletop.
- ASSEMBLING TABLE LEGS
The final and last section of making your table is the legs. This section also comes as a matter of preference on table height. Cut the legs between 28.5″ and 30″. Remember the tabletop will add 3/4″ to the height. Once the legs are cut, sand and paint like the apron. Next, place the legs in the corners of the apron. Using wood screws, screw through the outside of the apron into the table legs to secure.
The dining table bears the brunt of mixed emotions in the family. The DIY dining table once done will add a rustic touch to your home and keep the family together too.