Round X Base Table

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A sturdy small round table with an X base.

Shame on me, I still haven't filled my frames.  Or painted my trim.  Or even mopped my floors.

But I DID build a new dining room set.  Correction.  I built a dining table with the legs on backwards, could not figure out why the it was off square by SIX INCHES, found myself literally scratching my head, went inside and watched tv for a few minutes, dragged myself back outside to finish it, and realized that I had screwed the legs on backwards.  So I finished building the base, and the Ram built the tabletop.  I upholstered the chairs and the Ram sanded and finished the table and the chair bases.  He does better work than me.  I'll admit it.  This dining table is stunning.  And the top is so smooth!

There are already plans for the Ten Dollar Ledges and Easiest Parson Chairs too!

I'm not so good with photoshop, but you can get the idea here.  We love our table!  The legs all angle out just slightly, increasing the sturdiness of the table (won't rock) but the X base keeps the legs from spreading apart.  And I put the legs at a forty five to the aprons, so you DO NOT need a double compound miter saw to cut those legs.  In fact, your third grader's compass and a jigsaw would work just fine.  Oh, those are all pine furring strips!  This table cost us about $20!

Wondering why I only built two chairs?  You've been inspiring me . . .

My dining area is FAR from done, so stay posted, lots more projects to come!  Today, we'll build my table.

Or how about building the table I REALLY wanted?  My table with a glass top.  Just pick up a glass tabletop and substitute it for the wood top.

36" Round


Shopping List

36″ Tabletop or 3/4″ MDF or 3/4″ Plywood cut into a 36″ circle
3 – 2x2s
1 – 1×4
3″ Screws or 2″ pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 – 2×2 @ 13 7/8″ (Top X, one end cut at 5 degrees off square, measurement to long point)
1 – 2×2 @ 29 3/16″ (Top X, both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, measurement long point to long point)
4 – 2×2 @ 29 1/8″ (Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Bottom X, one end cut at 5 degrees off square, measurement to long point)
1 – 2×2 @33″ (Top X, both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, measurement long point to long point)
4 – 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ (Both ends cut at 45 degrees perpendicular to each other)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the Top X

Cut all of the boards as directed in the cut list. Lay out so the bevel cuts all taper downward. Mark center (13 7/8″ from outsides of longer board) and screw the shorter boards to the longer boards. I used pocket hole screws, but if you do not have a Kreg Jig™, simply screw at an angle to join the second board to the longest board.

Step 2

Attach the legs

Now attach the legs so that the legs lean outward.

Step 3

Bottom X

Now build the bottom X as you did the top X. Mark all legs 6″ from ends. Attach bottom base to legs.

Step 4


Now this was the toughest part for me, but doesn’t have to be for you. Start by lining up the inside corners and either gluing and nailing (nailer would be super handy here) the aprons to the legs and top X or predrilling holes and screwing the aprons to the top X base. Now notice how the apron does not follow the line of the leg? Rather, it remains perpendicular to the ground. Note that and you’ll be good.

Step 5


Jack (not verified)

Wed, 11/03/2010 - 18:23

Awesome (and simple) round table.

I've watched Norm Abrham and he always rotates round table top so that the grain never runs in the same direction as the aprons; I believe the top's grain runs from corner to corner. This add support all the way through the top and there is less chance of the edge boards breaking off later.

I L-O-V-E the blog!! My wife and I have 3 smaller kids and I"m just looking for time to build a lot of your plans.

Keep up the great work!

michelle (not verified)

Wed, 11/03/2010 - 18:36

I am so making this for my bedroom....a little table for next to my reading chair. Yay!!! Thanks Ana....HD is going to love me when I keep going in to buy more supplies. :)

Silky (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 02:24

This has to be the cutest dining room set I have ever seen.
Ana, reading your amazing blog every day makes me want to move out of my current appartment just to get another excuse to build.

Sandi Anderson (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 02:50

Your table is gorgeous! Take it from me - with a little one running around, you do not want a glass tabletop. Fingerprints cover it ALL the time!

IspeakWhale (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 02:55

What a perfect size for a game table. I can see my boys playing hours of chess on this little beauty!

Jenny (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 04:03

I love that table! What is the best way to cut a round top? Thanks for all you do, your plans are great!

Kristin (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 04:10

I LOVE this! Those chairs have jumped to the top of my list if I ever get everything else finished.
And am I foreseeing a nice upholstered storage bench in the future? Love it!

Nan Tovar (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 04:23

Oh. Wow! Cutest table I have ever seen! Great job, Ana.
So, hint, hint, when are we gonna have corner cabinet plans ;)

Theresa (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 04:59

This one is is terrific. It may be my next patio table. You chould keep count on how many of these are made. I'm sure it will be a favorite. The new chairs go perfect with it.

AmyK (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 06:08

Love it! I had to LOL@the comment you made about trying to figure how the heck you could be off square by so much...I'm almost finished with a laundry-storage built-in area & I spent more time than I care to admit to spending, trying to figure out how it could possibly be out of square. Still have no idea...had to take it apart and fix it though. :D

love love love this site & I'm so happy to hear your Mom is doing better! Thanks for the great site!

Jami H (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 07:29

This is the cutest thing ever! Love it. And did you say "watch TV"?? How do you find time to do it all?

Jen (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 10:45

I love the lines of this table, it's so clean and elegant! It would fit in with anything. Great job!

Katie (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 11:45

Ana, I love it! Can you give us a tour of your house? I'm really curious to see how you have incorporated all your furnature. Can you show us your workshop area too? Does all this beauty come from a modest workshop or do you have a super organized area with tons of tools? Just curious.

Rebecca (not verified)

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 14:21

I am impressed you even own a tv. It sounds like there is no way you would ever have time to sit down!!! Love this table just like everything else!

leslie lozano (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 02:35

Hello Ana,
What measurements would I need for the base for the top to remain sturdy if I wanted my top to be 55 round?

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 08:07

What I would do is subtract 55-36 to get 19". Then add 19" to the longer support, and 8 1/2" to the shorter supports. Then build, and adjust your aprons accordingly. HOWEVER, I cannot guarantee the base would be as strong that big - but I can tell you this, my table is very very strong with the added cross bracing on the bottom.

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 23:48

nice basic setup and easily modifiable to meet the type of table you are making. I am modifying it for 24" round marble laminate tops with rubber T-edge for coffee end tables. I have 3 so I think I will modify a little further and make the 3rd for my granddaughter's play table. Again, thank you very nice simple design with so many possible modifications and applications.