Introduction: Drink Table

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Step 1: Cutting the Wood

To make this drink table, you will need the following:

(2) 2x4 cut to 28.5 inches for the leg

(5) 2x4 cut to 14 inches for the top

(4) 2x4 cut to 14 inches for the bottom

Step 2: Removing a Thin Layer

If you have a thickness planer, remove a thin layer from both sides to give the wood a smooth surface.


Us a sander to remove the rough surface.

Step 3: Squaring Up the Wood

A typical 2x4 usually has a round over edge. Use a table saw to remove the round edge, creating a flat surface.

Step 4: Notching Out the Feet

1. Set up the feet. Then place the legs toward the back, centered on the feet. Trace out the feet.

2. Cut out that section.

Step 5: Joining the Leg

The two pieces of wood measuring 28.5-inches long make up the leg. Join the two pieces together using biscuit and wood glue. Wood dowels would work, too.

Step 6: Attach the Leg

1. Now, glue and attach the notched-out wood.

2. Countersink two holes, and install (2) 3-inch screws.

3. Install the final three 2x4s using biscuit or dowels.

Step 7: Attaching the Top

The top will have a bit of an overhang. So, center the leg into one of the 2x4s.

I used the drill press to drill out the hole. Then, used a chisel to square out the hole.

This should be a tight fit. Glue and screw in place.

Use biscuit or dowels to secure. I also added (2 to 3) 3-inch screws for extra support (for each 2x4).

The last 2x4 was only secured with biscuit and glue. (No screws).

Step 8: Sand and Paint

Sand and round the edge. Then, paint.

Step 9: Stain

1. Apply stain. I used Minwax Gel Stain " Hickory"

2. Remove stain with a cloth.

Step 10: Protection

1. Apply Polyurethane with a brush.

2. Four hours later, sand with 400 sandpaper.

3. Apply one final coat of Polyurethane.

Step 11: Pad

Install 4 felt pads to keep the wood off the floor.


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