Pub/Counter Height Table (Seats 8)

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

This plan comes from requests and need.  I'd really like a pub/counter height table to seat 8, but I don't think it will fit in our dining room very well, so I will adapt this plan to make a table that seats 6, too (soon to follow)!  At least then my whole family can eat together!  =)

Build at your own risk; finish as desired!

Dimensions
59 1/2" x 59 1/2" x 36"

Preparation

Shopping List
2 4x4 @ 8'
11 1x4 @ 12' 
Common Materials
1 1/2 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List
4 4x4 @ 35 1/4" (Legs)
2 1x4 @ 59 1/2" (Aprons)
4 1x4 @ 58" (Aprons & Underside Supports)
17 1x4 @ 59 1/2" (Table Top)
12 1x4 @ 12" (with 45-degree cuts on ends NOT parallel to each other) (Underside Corner Supports)
Cutting Instructions

See Cut List.

Tools
Drill
General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Connect one 59 1/2" Apron square with one 58" Apron perpendicular at the ends (forming a L-shape) using 1 1/2" screws and glue. Repeat for other 59 1/2" Apron and one more 58" Apron. Attach both L-shaped pieces to form a square using 1 1/2" screws and glue.

Step 2

Attach Leg to Apron on the two sides that both touch using 2" screws and glue. Repeat for each Leg.

Step 3

On the 59 1/2" Aprons, mark 18" in on each side; attach 58" Support using 2" screws and glue. Repeat with other 58" Support.

Step 4

Attach one 59 1/2" Table Top board perpendiculer to the 58" Aprons and Support boards and square to the edge of the apron using 1 1/2" screws and glue. Use one or two additional 1 1/2" screws on EACH Support board, screwing in from the Table Top through to the Support board (for a total of 6-8 screws for each Table Top board). Repeat for remaining 16 Table Top boards.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.

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