Square X Base Pedestal Dining Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:11
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About Project

Free X base table plans - square. From Ana-White.com

Hello everyone!  Pretty happy today to introduce to you a brand new plan!

My dear friend Brooke from Killer B. Designs and I teamed up on a table project for Brooke's sister, and to share the plans with you!

Brooke wanted to build a table for her sister that was square and fit a smaller dining space, with an X base.  We were inspired by a table from Restoration Hardware - but who can afford $2500 for it?

Try $60!  And this table is solid wood!

Handmade with a lovely pieced wood top.

Here's from Brooke:

First off, SPECTACULAR plan! Oh, how I love this table. It was a little sad for me to give it away. But my sister is absolutely enthralled with it, and I'm so happy to be able to give her the first "real" table she's had. And for only $60 in lumber and screws, it's an amazing bargain. I had to take extra care piecing together the top, but luckily wood filler is a life saver and filled in any errors in execution. Once it was sanded and stained you could hardly tell. The table looks very pretty and polished. I actually ended up not needing any of the lag bolts, simple 2.5" screws worked perfectly with the angles on the 4x4's. So I didn't need any special tools or materials other than my chop saw, kreg jig, and drill! I'm really proud that I was able to put together such a complicated-looking table in only three hours, and my sister is thrilled that she has such a fancy table to show off! So thank you again for yet another fantastic, easy to follow plan. 

Thanks Brooke!

You can build this table too - but before we get to the plans, please hop over and check out more photos and building details from Brooke!

Plans follow!

XO Ana

Dimensions

Preparation

Shopping List

5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long (for framing out top)
1 1/4” and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws
4” or longer lag screws
2” or longer wood screws

Cut List

2 - 1x4 @ 11 5/8”
1 - 1x4 @ 26 7/8”
2 - 1x4 @ 13 1/4”
1 - 1x4 @ 30”
1 - 4x4 @ 21 1/4”
8 - 4x4 @ 13” (longest point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square not parallel)
1 - 4x4 @ 36” (longest point measurement, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square not parallel)
2 - 4x4 @ 16 1/4” (longest point measurement, one end cut at 30 degrees off)
4 - 1x4 @ 5 1/4” (one end cut at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
2 - 2x4 @ 14 1/4” (one end cut at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
1 - 2x4 @ 32” (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement, ends NOT parallel)

TOP is cut to fit

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

Start by building two Xs with your Kreg Jig

Step 2

Then attach the Xs to the middle post - don't worry if things feel a little wobbly here, the X bracing will take care of that.

Step 3

Add the X bracing.

Step 4

To the base, add the 4x4s.

If you feel the base of this X isn't stable enough, you can throw a few countersunk screws in on the underside, or even a metal mending plate and screws - it'll be hidden.

Step 5

Step 6

Now back to the top, add the 2x4 X and that's the base done!

Step 7

For the top you could simply place a premade tabletop on or just a square one, but we decided to try something a little different. Definitely cut these pieces as you go!

Step 8

Then attach two portions to center 2x4s - measure and cut to fit

Step 9

then measure and cut to fit the last 2x4 and add to center

Step 10

Outside boards are 2x6 - frame with mitered corners.

Step 11

Attach tabletop to base with screws

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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