Dining Table Top From Hardwood Flooring




Step 1:

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

Mitre saw
Table saw
16 gauge nailing gun
Tape measure
Belt sander
Utility knife
Flat head screw driver

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

Once everything was sanded I then stained the center and outside row with espresso color stain.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

To finish the table I used oak colonial door casing and stained it to match the table

Step 8:

I finished the table by using polyurethane.
I used minwax gloss polyurethane



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    Answer 1 year ago

    The cost of the material for this project was roughly $100-$140 with everything. I believe the wood cost around $60-$70 then the trim around the edges was another $30-$40. The adding the stain and poly and all the sanding belts and discs. It was a lot cheaper to make the top than it was to buy a new table of that size for sure


    1 year ago

    do you not need to account for wood expansion when trapping the flooring in between the border? Usually when laying flooring you need a 3/4" gap along the wall side. Is this not necessary since the table top is so small?


    2 years ago



    2 years ago

    Thank you KanPo I am in the flooring trade so I naturally saw that hardwood flooring would work and I knew that it would be durable.


    2 years ago

    This turned out really nice. Wonderful job

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    2 years ago

    Wow Tapuck 14 !

    I never thought of using flooring planks for tables. This opens up new possibilities in crafting.

    I have refurbish old doors into tables. Your project is so cool.


    2 years ago

    Thank you


    2 years ago

    Beautiful work!