Dining Table

Submitted by thediyplan on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:58
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Intermediate
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My wife’s parents had an old table for over 15 years; it was time for a new DIY dining table. This table turned out great. Also, it works well with the “Corner Storage Bench”, because of its centered leg design. This way you won’t bump your legs every time you try to sit in the further corner. Also mom didn’t want sharp corners so grandkids wouldn’t hurt themselves. I came up with this design and I really like how it all worked out. Check out the plans and I hope you’ll enjoy building it for your own home.

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Preparation

Shopping List

Tools for this project

Drill
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Tape Measure
Pipe Clamps
Dovetail Saw

Material List

• 1x10x8' (x3)
• 4x4x8' (x2)
• 2x4x8' (x4)
1 1/4" Pocket hole screws
2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
2" Wood Screws
Wood Glue
3/8" Dowel Rod

Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.

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Cut List

 

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Instructions

Step 1

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dining table topCut and Assemble Top

Take 1x10 boards and cut them to 48" long (x5). Two of the boards will have 45° cut on each side. Follow cut list dimensions. Then drill pocket holes as shown on the cut list. Assemble the top boards together using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.

Step 2

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table sidesAssemble Sides of a Table Top

To cut the 2x4s around the perimeter of the table top accurately, each side would need to be measured separately. The 2x4s will need to be cut at 22.5°. The small 2x4s will have pocket holes for 1 1/4" screws to hold them together.

Step 3

table leg dimensions

 

notch for table legsNotch a Section in Both Legs

To build the legs, take 4x4 and cut it to 40 3/4" long at 45° on both sides (x2). Cut 1 3/4" deep and 3 1/2" wide notch in the center using a Miter Saw or a skill saw.

Step 4

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table legs XCombine the Table Legs Together

Apply wood glue inside the notch cutout and slide one notch into the other to make an X. Use 2 1/2" Wood Screws to hold the X together.

Step 5

table leg

table leg pocket holesCut and Dill Pocket Holes for Legs

Cut the remaining 4x4 to provided dimensions in the cut list. Drill two pocket holes on each side for 2 1/2"  Screws.

Step 6

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table legs make a crossAttach All Legs Together

Draw a horizontal line in the center of the X. Find a flat surface to assemble legs so that legs will sit flat on the floor. Place the lower 4x4 legs at the horizontal line and attach it using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Once the lower legs are attached, do the same thing with the upper 4x4 legs.

Step 7

attaching legs to table top

attach legs to table topAttach Legs to Table Top

Take 2x4 and cut it 46" long (x3). Attach one 2x4 using 2" wood screws in the center and the other two spaced out so that upper legs would land on these 2x4. You're done with this dining table.

Step 8

 

3/8" dowel cuttinginsert dowel into pocket holecutting dowels offdowels cutpaint legsstain table top

Covering Pocket Holes

If you prefer to cover up the pocket holes, take 3/8" dowels and cut them into 2" long pieces. Dip the dowel into wood glue and hammer it inside the pocket hole. Using a dovetail saw cut off the dowel leaving you with a flat surface. Using sander, sand around the dowel area to make it smooth. Paint and stain. You're done with the dining table.

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