We just moved to a new house and needed dining table for 4-5 people. We have spent quite some money for all the renovation, so a ready-made dining table is too costly for me. I googled to find if there was anything I can do about it and so I thought of my own industrial style DIY project for the weekend.
Step 1: Materials for the works
- 18mm or thicker (25mm) plywood or hard wood, or pallet planks if you have
- 25x50mm box steel (or 30x60mm or greater if you want it to look bolder). 1,5mm thick is strong enough.
- Power tools including a welding transformer
- Screws and miscellaneous items (rubber spacers)
Step 2: Prepare the table top
- My table dimension is 700x1500mm (for 6 people). So I cut the board of ply wood into this width and length.
- Cut 2 stripes at 100x1500mm and 2 stripes at 100x500mm from plywood to pretend the thick look of hard wood board to match the design. Cut the stripes at 45* using the miter saw
- Aligning the edges to the table top’s edges & nail the stripes to the underside of the table top.
- Ok, set it aside and let’s make the legs
Step 3: Cut the steel for the legs
- Cut the steel into dimensions. The image’s the draft dimension of the leg.
- Table height is 750mm (exclude table top). So we need 4 pieces of 720mm steel for the legs. 30mm spare is for the rubber spacers.
- The inset width is 500mm. We cut 05 pieces of 450mm (for shorter aprons) (exclude 25mm on each shorter side of the 25x500mm box legs)
- The inset length is 1300mm. So we need 2 pieces of 1200mm (for longer aprons) (exclude 50mm of each longer side of the 25x50mm box legs)
I'm sorry that I didn't take any photo of the pre-cut steel as my hands was too dirty with oil to touch the camera.