I used hardwood flooring to make a dining table top. It's 4ft x 6ft. It replaces the 3ft x5ft glass top I had before that was scratched and out dated.
I used 3 1/4 red oak unfinished flooring for the center and outer row and 2 1/4 unfinished maple for the insert.
I used a sheet of OSB plywood to nail everything to but I also glued everything together before nailing it.
Step 2: Tools Needed
16 gauge nailing gun
Flat head screw driver
I started by measuring and cutting the plywood to size.
Then I marked where the maple was going to go around the plywood so I had a starting point for the center of the table.
I then started by nailing the first row of flooring on my marks, and building outward from there making sure the sides lined up.
I used a knife to make the cut side of the table to make sure they were lined up.
I also used a flat head screw driver to tap into the plywood and pull into the already nailed prices to make sure the were all tight.
Once the middle of the top was finished I sanded everything to the same height using a belt sander. I started out with 80 grit paper then went to 120.
I then sanded the maple and the outside row
Once everything was sanded I then stained the center and outside row with espresso color stain.
After everything was dried I assembled the outside two rows of the table.
I used hardwood spline to join three sides of the outside so I could still nail through the tongue of the flooring.
I nailed the maple to the outside and put a mitre on all the corners to picture frame the center of the table.
I then cut off the tongue of the flooring for the outside row.
I mitred the outside row to match the maple.
To finish the table I used oak colonial door casing and stained it to match the table
I finished the table by using polyurethane.
I used minwax gloss polyurethane