How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 18:37
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If you are looking for a fast simple modern table to build, this just could be it. Using an inexpensive hollow core door and simple legs, you can build this table. Cut list has been updated to reflect reader comments (thank you readers!).

32" Wide x 80" Long x 30" High


Shopping List

Flush Hollow Core Door (no holes cut out of it or hinges) measuring 32″ x 80″
4 – 1×3, 8′ Long
4 – 1×4, 8′ Long
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

7 – 1×3 @ 29″ (Under Table Supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 78 1/2″ (Inner Apron)
4 – 1×3 @ 28 1/8″ (End Legs)
4 – 1×4 @ 28 1/8″ (Side of Legs)
2 – 1×4 @ 73″ (Side Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (End Aprons)

Cutting Instructions

Hollow core doors come in a variety of widths, from 24″ to 36″. You can use any of these door sizes, you will just need to adjust the cut list for the door size. I love the idea of using a 24″ wide door and hacking yourself a office desk that is almost seven feet long! You could hide some caster wheels in the legs too.

From our reader comments, you will need to adjust the measurements of the plan to the exact dimensions of the door that you purchase. Please review all comments attached to this plan.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface, be safe, and have fun! And check for square after each step. Predrill all of your screwholes to avoid splitting the wood.


Step 1

Construct the table frame as shown above from 1x3s using 2″ screws and glue. Screw through the inner aprons into the under table supports. Leave about 12″ space between the supports.

Step 2

Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach the end legs as shown above. Leave the 1/2″ gap on the tops (shown above as the bottom). Check the legs for square. These are the 1×3 boards.

Step 3

Attach the side legs to the table frame using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Then attach to the end legs down the side, keep outside edges flush.

Step 4

Keeping the top edge (shown above as the bottom edge) of the aprons flush with the legs, leaving a 1/2″ gap from the top of the table frame and fasten in place with 1 1/4″ nails and glue (you can also use screws, but it’s not a support issue, so nails would be quicker and easier to hide).

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
With a wood filler, fill all your nail holes and let dry completely. Overfill the holes because wood filler tends to shrink when dry. Then sand, starting with a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way to a fine grit sandpaper. Prime. Then paint as desired.
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McCarty and Company (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 18:45

I pray you are not sick. You said time is precious to you now. :-( I hope that all is well with you and your family.

Ana White (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 18:50

Oh, I'm so sorry to have written that and given anyone the impression I'm not healthy! Thanks so much for thinking of me, but it's really just that I'm so busy, any free second I have is precious and goes to my family (as opposed to building a table just for fun). Blessings, Ana

Janell @ Isabe… (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 19:05

A friend just sent me the link to your blog, fantastic! Just added it to my blogroll, I look forward to watching your projects!

Bobishi (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 20:02

Oh my gosh! Exactly what I need! A thin table:) Thanks Ana xx WIll definately be building this one:)

Aubergine (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 23:28

wanted to say I am currently using hollow doors as table tops in my office and if there is more money available consider a solid door, the hollow ones fill weak or flimsy.

Lindz Sims (not verified)

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 02:54

Awesome! This will be my first project...I think I'll make it a desk. I can't wait to have room for my computer plus sewing space too! Ana you are amazing. I can't believe I'm asking my husband for tools for my birthday and our anniversary!

Kate (not verified)

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 03:40

Oh my gosh, that's so funny that you posted it right now and mentioned about the 24" door to make a desk, Young House Love just blogged yesterday about doing just that! Good timing!

Kevin (not verified)

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 03:53

Nice plan! why not score a reclaimed hollow core door get some car body filler [bondo!] and fill those holes job done...

Greers (not verified)

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 06:12

You have literally read my mind! I decided yesterday that I needed to build a long skinny desk (Inspired by YHL) and I was going to use a door - I even priced it out! LOVE LOVE LOVE your site - have told everyone I know about it. You rock!