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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Notch 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.
Combine 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.
Attach 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.
Attach 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.
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.