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So the wife and I bought a new house, and we're having the family over for Thanksgiving. Our little piddley Ikea table wasn't up to the challenge. A good solid wood dining table was out of our price range so I decided to dust off the woodworking tools and build one.

The nice thing about this project is you can build it to your exact specifications. We have a fairly small dining room, so I went with 36 1/2"x60" and 30 inches tall. You can go longer, shorter, wider, whatever you want. So the first thing you have to do is decide how you want this built. Decide the size, shape, finish, and type of wood before you start.

I built mine out of aspen because it's cheap, easy to work with, and fairly cheap. You COULD build the entire table out of construction grade pine for around $50, furniture grade lumber will run about $120 and up depending on what kind of wood you choose. It's whatever you want to do. Just keep one thing in mind, pine is very soft wood. Writing on the table, dropping things on it, etc. will dent and scratch it fairly easily. If you're OK with this and you like the knots, go for it. Some woods won't take stain as well as others, some are harder to sand and work with, and you may think some wood is just plain ugly. Do your research.

UPDATE: I built a matching console table for the dining room. Find it here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-dining-room-console-table-side-or-serving/
captianoats (author) 2 years ago
Check out the wifey on http://kieffercollective.blogspot.com/ won't guarantee the cow is step by step, but she is an interior designer and has lots of pretty ideas like that.
sparus10 months ago

Well done. Looks great.

Did you fill the pocket holes? If not you may try those:

lannis89 made it!1 year ago

This was my first big woodworking project and it couldn't have been simpler. I made a few alterations to my personal liking but most of the table remained the same. Thank you for the instructions.

captianoats (author) 1 year ago
It's just for looks. If I ever boils another one I'll probably leave them out as well.

Thanks for the instructions on how to build this table! However I have a question- I've seen a lot of tables have these (2) 1x8 end pieces for the table top. I like the look better without them and just extending the 1x6's. Is there a purpose for them or is it just for aesthetics? Thanks!!

captianoats (author) 2 years ago
I glued the legs plus built the table top on day one. Let the glue dry overnight, cut legs to size and put together day two. I put the stain on day two, let t dry overnight and waxed day 3. Maybe 8 hours total, would be faster next time (I kind of made this up as I went along)
Beautiful table! Question for you: are the legs only attached to the top with glue? I might have missed that step but didn't see it. Thanks!
claudg19502 years ago
The painting is beautiful, the table is wonderful. Great job.
Of course, you are aware that this is not a Parsons table (though one could use this metod in building one...)
I'm sure that you are also aware that "experts" would advise you against adding the two transverse end pieces to the table top. Since wood contracts and expands far more in the 90 degrees direction from grain than it does along the wood grain, the two end pieces are preventing the others from "moving" following changes in room temperature and humidity (so in time, experts would say, the top segments would become unglued).
I´m hooked with your pocket jig.
CaptCheryl2 years ago
That is one beautiful table.
hgarmorer2 years ago
Great table, and it seems fairly "simple" to do. Looks like the pocket jig is a pretty great investment. To the box store I go! Thank you for this.
chaosrob2 years ago
Nice table. Can't wait to see the matching chairs. For the table top, use less expensive wood for the bottom and that 'real' nice peice for the surface (aka Veneer) My wife has a table that only has an oak veneer of like 1/32 inch on it (I know this because I accidentally 'chipped' it when I moved it... opps).
blkhawk2 years ago
More than a practical project, it is also a beautiful work of art!
ianmi2 years ago
Love the MOO MOO painting, where's the Instructable on that?
fretted2 years ago
Thats a darn nice table how long did it take to build all together including staining time ?
poofrabbit2 years ago
I enjoy the table, but your wife's painting sucked me in, I'm glad you shared who made it! Love it, and a great instructable!