Make a DIY Parsons Dining table with scrap or reclaimed wood! Free furniture plans by ANA-WHITE.com
5 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
At least 24 feet of 1x3 boards and 10 feet of 1x2 boards for covering legs and aprons
Scrap wood for tabletop in same thickness
4 - 2x2 @ 29-1/4" - legs
5 - 2x2 @ 25" - end aprons and supports
2 - 2x2 @ 55" - side aprons
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
For the side legs and aprons, you'll repeat the same steps a the end aprons. One note is the leg is actually 2-1/4" wide and a 1x3 is 2-1/2" wide so if you just use a 1x3 here, it will overhang the leg by 1/4". I found this to be barely noticeable, but if you want, you can rip the 1x3s that cover the legs down in width to 2-1/4" for a perfect fit. It is again very important to kreg jig the corners to adequately support the legs.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.