I wanted to design a DIY Kitchen Table for our house that is built from basic construction lumber but has a different look than just a standard farmhouse style. Building the curved legs took a little bit of time to make, but I like how they turned out.
The best part of this project is to make the marble stone coat epoxy. This was our first epoxy project. My wife and I had a lot of fun making the tabletop design. For those of you who never tried using epoxy, there is a lot of information on Stone Coat Countertops website. It doesn't take much experience to make beautiful designs. Also the price is substantially better than the traditional marble top.
• 4'x8' - 3/4" Plywood (x1)
• 4'x8' - 3/4" MDF Plywood (x1)
• 2x4x8' (x3)
Tools for this project
• Jig Saw
• Kreg Jig
• Band Saw
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Step 1: Print a Template and Cut Out First Leg Piece
First, print out the template. You will need to print this on a large format printer. The template paper size is 42"x30". Cut out the leg template with scissors and place it on the top left side of the 3/4" plywood. With a pencil trace the template. Use jig saw and/or band saw to cut this first piece. Then use a random orbital sander and sand any rough edges. This first piece is important to get an accurate shape, because it will be used as a template for all other leg pieces.
Step 2: Cut Out Middle Leg Support
Similar to step 1, cut out the middle leg support template with scissors. Place it on the lower right side of the plywood sheet. Cut it out and sand the edges to make it perfect.
Step 3: Layout All Pieces on One Sheet of Plywood
Once you get the first leg and middle support template adjusted to the desired look, then place the template on the plywood and trace with a pencil. Layout all the pieces as shown on the cut list. All pieces should fit on one 4'x8' sheet of plywood.
Step 4: Cut Out All the Pieces to Match the Original Template
Use a combination of jig saw and band saw to cut all the pieces. Cut them slightly larger than the pencil mark since this will be the first rough cut. Place the original template on the bottom and a rough piece on the top. Clamp the two pieces together and with a router that has a flush-trim router bit, go over the perimeter of the leg. This will make the rough cut piece exactly like the original template.
Step 5: Glue Together Four Pieces Per Leg
Step 6: Cut 45 Degree Angle on the Leg
Step 7: Trim Two of the Middle Support Pieces
Now place one leg on the edge of the middle support piece and trace a line following the arc of the leg. Trim on both ends with a jig saw. Do this to two of the middle supports and leave the original uncut.
Step 8: Attach One Leg to the Middle Support
Step 9: Glue the Trimmed Middle Support
Next, glue the trimmed middle support over of the original middle support. Also, use brad nails to hold it in place.
Step 10: Attach and Glue the Remaining Legs
Then glue the remaining legs to the middle leg support. Clamp all the pieces and let the glue dry.
Step 11: Cut Table Top From MDF Plywood
Now take MDF plywood and cut 66x36 tabletop piece as well as side pieces, as shown on the picture.
Step 12: Attach Bottom Frame to Tabletop
Now cut 2x4s as shown on the picture and drill pocket holes. Place the 2x4 frame in the center of the MDF plywood and attach it using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.
Step 13: Apply Stone Coat Epoxy to Tabletop and Side Pieces
To get the marble effect on this DIY kitchen table, I used Stone Coat Countertops products. First, use white paint & primer-in-one and apply two coats on MDF table top and let it dry. Then mix 1/2 a gallon of part A and 1/2 a gallon of part B epoxy with a helix paint mixer for a good 5 minutes. Add white tint base into the epoxy and mix some more. Then spread the epoxy over the tabletop and the side panels. Spay some black and brown metalic colors (mixed with 91% isopropyl alcohol) on the table. Use a blow dryer to spread the colors until you get the desired look. Use a torch to go over the table to get rid of any bubbles. Let it dry for 24 hours. After epoxy dries glue the MDF sides to the 2x4 frame.
Step 14: Attach 2x4 to Top of Legs for Support
Cut two of the 2x4 pieces to 28 1/2" in length, then attach it to the top of the legs using 2 1/2" Wood Screws.
Step 15: Attach Legs to the Tabletop
Attach the legs to the tabletop using 2" wood screws. You could also drill pocket holes and attach it to the frame. That's all, you're done with the DIY Kitchen Table!
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