Full plans can be found on The House of Wood by Jen Woodhouse HERE.
OK Guys! As you know I’ve been working redoing my dining room for quite some time now. In the beginning it was like walking into a bottle of mustard. Then I painted it and added picture frame moulding to the walls and created a ‘built in’ window seat. Well I am happy to report that it is finally starting to come together.
You know how sometimes you can go to a furniture store, search endlessly online and you simply just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Well, that’s kind of where I was for a while. Until finally I was like, ‘forget looking for that perfect table. I’m going to build my perfect table.’ 😉 So After talking with my friend, Jen Woodhouse of Jenwoodhouse.com about this dining room table she provided me with the perfect plans, putting that table that only lived in my head on paper. So for the complete detailed instructions and cut list please head over to The House of Wood where you will find these plans as well as many more outstanding build plans.
So without further delay, Here’s what I did.,
And in full disclaimer, while I do view this table as a very affordable way to achieve a high-end look (costing under $120), this is not a one day or two day build. This project will take a couple of days because of the glue ups and time waiting for things to set and cure.
I started by cutting my wood pieces to size and I headed over to my local tool library in Baltimore, Station North Tool Library, where I planed and jointed the wood. Planing and jointing the wood is optional. But I wanted everything to be nice and smooth.
With all my pieces nice and smooth I started with the table top. Largely because I wanted a thick table top and I knew gluing it together would take some time to say the least. So one by one I glued together the planks. A tip for spreading the glue: use an old piece of cardboard box. It will spread the glue nice and easily. And it doesn’t cost any additional dollars. Clamps can be expensive. Don’t feel like you need a gazzillions clamps. When doing a glue up, the clamps only need to remain in place for about 30 minutes to an hour. After that, it’s typically set and you can remove the clamps and go on to the next piece. Just keep in mind you still have to wait 24 hours before you can work with the boards you glued together. The glue needs time to fully cure.
Once the planks were all fully cured using a biscuit joiner I attached the planks. This table top is crazy heavy. If I did it all over again I would not try to glue the entire top all at once. I would glue two planks together at a time because this thing is massive and if you’re building this without a second pair of hands it can be a challenge. It’s doable because I did it. But it’s just a little harder.
I cut the leg detail using a bandsaw. However, this can be done using a jigsaw.
I attached each part of the leg using pocket screws and glued it together.
I added additional strength to the legs by screwing in some Spax Screws into the top plate of the leg frames. This creates additional stability. With addition of a thicker table top I wanted to ensure the base was strong and sturdy enough to handle the additional weight.
Once everything was assembled I sanded the table top and legs down. The folks at Diablo Tools send over a new sanding paper to try out. Diablo’s new SandNet discs were very impressive. I used it on my Ryobi random orbital sander. On the packaging, it says that the sanding paper last 10x longer. Well, they weren’t kidding. I didn’t have to change out my sanding paper, except to go from 80 to 220 grit. One disc per grit was enough to tackle the whole table. It’s clog resistant. As dust built up all I had to do was shake it off or rinse it off and I could just reapply it to my sander. This product is absolutely amazing.
Once the table was sanded I pretreated the wood with a wood conditioner then proceeded to stain it. A wood conditioner was necessary because with pine the stain could come out blotchy. The conditioner helped the stain saturate in the wood. I started by staining the table using Weathered Oak by Minwax. I then blended Golden Oak by Varathane followed by a Satin polyurethane.
Finally, once everything was dry I set the table up in the dining room securing the table top to the base using 4 right angle Simpson Strongtie corner braces.
And just like that my table was set. Like what I did? Head over to The House of Wood by Jen Woodhouse for the complete cut list and detailed plans.
Till Next time. ~T.
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