Y Leg Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 23:38
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A modern style table, featuring a unique Y leg design and extra support in the center.

Dimensions are 66″ long x 36″ wide x 30″ high. Designed for six seats. Can be easily customized up to 36″ long (shorter) but it is not recommended to increase the length on this design.


Shopping List

1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF, full 4×8 Sheet
5 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long (preferably hardwood for added strength)
1 1/4″ screws
2 1/2″ screws
wood glue
wood filler
finishing supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 66″ x 36″ (Tabletop)
2 – 1×3 @ 36″ (End Supports)
4 – 1×3 @ 61″ (Length Supports)
4 – 1×3 @ 21 3/8″ (Leg Tops)
4 – 2×2 @ 33″ (Both ends at 30 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
4 – 2×2 @ 16 1/4″ (Both ends at 30 degrees off square, NOT parallel to each other)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Tabletop Supports

Begin by attaching the end supports to the underside of the table with 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Then attach all of the length supports.

Step 2

Strong Back

With the remaining support board, taper the ends as shown above and attach to the center support with glue and 3″screws predrilled and coutnersunk or with pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Leg Tops

From the 1x3s @ 21 3/8″ carefully mark and cut out this pattern. All angles are at 45 degrees.

Step 4


Build the legs as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6


Fit the legs into the table as shown above. Predrill holes and attach with 1 1/4″ screws. Omit glue to make the table easy to disassemble. Add cork pads to the bottoms of the table legs to help even out the table and protect floors.

Thank you Pudgy Bunny for suggesting this project, and to everyone else who has suggested projects. Can’t wait to see this table built! Here’s to a bright color! Have a great weekend. Ana

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theresa (not verified)

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 06:31

I would apply for that inten job in a minute. I don't think the orange would give me the summer off, to work somewhere else even if it was "job related". This table has sooo many possibilities. I am thinking hinges on the legs to make it portable. Something narrow depth and long to fill with deserts for a party. Thanks Ana.

katieQ (not verified)

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 07:24

The idea of being your summer intern is definitely appealing. Unfortunately, I can't do websites (my Wellesley senior excels at that) and I am not a decorator. However, I love to do laundry, can type with one hand on the keyboard and the other wiping running noses or stirring the dinner. I am a retired nursery school teacher so hanging with your First Lady would be a joy for me.

Barbara (not verified)

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 13:18

If only you would have posted that a year ago when I was a senior in college majoring in Interior Design and a minor in Construction...I SO would have jumped on it, and I worked at a daycare! Go figure..haha.

Rebecca (not verified)

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:12

If I lived even withing a hundred miles radius, I would apply!!! :) oh yeah can i bring two kids of my own with limited skill set?! hehe.


Tue, 06/28/2011 - 10:54

This table reminds me of a table we had when I was a child (I think parents still have in summer house, but I am 10thousand miles away!)

I wonder if any type of hinges could be used to make it suitable for storage when not in use?

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 06:08

love it, how would you suggest to adjust this table into a bar table, L shaped?
I live in Israel, and came into your web site by pure luck! do love your work - simple, elegant and practical - great job!