Diy Dining Room Table Base

Diy Dining Room Table Base

Hi Jamison, great plans. This table was my first ever woodworking project and what fun it was! We needed to replace our glass kitchen table with a wood one with the birth of our son & we loved the design and farmhouse style. I modified the table dimensions to 53″ X 38.5″ to fit our kitchen and I was on my way. Some feedback: We chose soft maple for the wood (in hindsight maybe I should have used something more common & easier to work with for my first woodworking project) & unfortunately, I couldn’t find any lumber yard in the Atlanta area that carried 2X6 boards… there were scrap pieces of various dimensions and quality but nothing that I could use. I ended up ordering the wood from a millworks company, the quality was great but expensive. But I didn’t build the table to save money! I followed the instructions to cut the wood and assembled the base & top. Only deviation from the plans is that I used a random orbital sander for the final sanding. I found that the belt sander was good at smoothing the rough edges, but it was tricky to work with (esp. for a novice like me) and it left an occasional scratch mark. The orbital sander buffed out any marks left over from the belt sander and I thought it worked better for any sanding that needed a finer touch. I used General Finish Antique Walnut gel stain from Woodcraft for the top and Amy Howard Linen paint for the base. I had a lot of trial and error to get the stain right (make sure to use the underside of the table top to practice!), but I found the system that worked best for me was to wipe the applicator pad and the wood with a touch of mineral spirits, apply the stain and wipe off immediately. I needed only one coat because my wife loved the color! I applied 4 coats of poly sealer to the top and 2 to the base and I was done! I’ve attached a pic of the final table. Thanks again for the plans & thanks for getting me started in woodworking… I’ve already got several new project ideas from reading your site! Tony
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

Tablebases.com has table legs, but what I’m really drawn to is the variety of pedestals that could be used indoors or out. A few faves? The Turno-30 boasts a 30″ wide, flat black base that would look amazing with a 60″ round glossy white tabletop. For outdoor dining, I’d turn to a cast iron base that’s a little more decorative like the E20 Black Table Base.
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

We chose soft maple for the wood (in hindsight maybe I should have used something more common & easier to work with for my first woodworking project) & unfortunately, I couldn’t find any lumber yard in the Atlanta area that carried 2X6 boards… there were scrap pieces of various dimensions and quality but nothing that I could use. I ended up ordering the wood from a millworks company, the quality was great but expensive. But I didn’t build the table to save money! I followed the instructions to cut the wood and assembled the base & top. Only deviation from the plans is that I used a random orbital sander for the final sanding. I found that the belt sander was good at smoothing the rough edges, but it was tricky to work with (esp. for a novice like me) and it left an occasional scratch mark. The orbital sander buffed out any marks left over from the belt sander and I thought it worked better for any sanding that needed a finer touch. I used General Finish Antique Walnut gel stain from Woodcraft for the top and Amy Howard Linen paint for the base. I had a lot of trial and error to get the stain right (make sure to use the underside of the table top to practice!), but I found the system that worked best for me was to wipe the applicator pad and the wood with a touch of mineral spirits, apply the stain and wipe off immediately. I needed only one coat because my wife loved the color! I applied 4 coats of poly sealer to the top and 2 to the base and I was done! I’ve attached a pic of the final table. Thanks again for the plans & thanks for getting me started in woodworking… I’ve already got several new project ideas from reading your site! Tony
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

Hello ! I know this forum post is really old, hopefully I’ll get an answer. I just built a table really similar to this one. We attached the table top all together with pocket holes screw (7 2×6). The thing is, like you mentioned, it wasn’t leveled at all! We are totally newbies to woodworking… so we thought maybe if we attached it to our base it would make it better, but really it only made our whole table rocky. Our base is super sturdy and leveled. Our plans didn’t have aprons across for support. I’ve heard of Z shaped clamps for fixing the table top… I would just need some pointers because we are a bit discouraged from having to redo the whole top ! Anyway, thank you for your time!
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

Some friends of ours have been wanting a DIY farmhouse table for some time now. After hearing about their shopping trip and the prices they were looking at spending on one I felt obligated to step in and make this one of my next DIY projects. My buddy Jake has no experience with power tools whatsoever, bless his heart. So, you’re in for a special treat with this one as you will get to see Jake build this table from scratch with no power tool experience! With a little guidance from me of course.
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

Hi! I’m using your table as inspiration for refinishing a farmhouse table we bought on Craigslist. I have never done anything like this before. I finished staining the whole table, which turned out pretty good, but have a couple of questions about distressing the base. In one of your comments you mention using chalk paint, but in the tutorial you said you used white flat paint. I just bought white flat paint…will that work? I read the tutorial about using Vaseline, but I’m nervous to do that since I don’t know exactly where I want to distress (since I’ve never done this before). ? Will it work well without using Vaseline? And finally, I’m planning on doing a satin polyurethane finish on the top over the stain, but it says on the can it is for stain or raw wood. What should I purchase to protect the base after I’ve distressed it? Thank you so much!!!! Kimberly
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

When I moved into my apartment, I did a half DIY job on my kitchen table, which is also our dining table. I painted the top and attached the legs, but it wasn’t really a building project.
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Diy Dining Room Table Base

Hi, your table looks great and actually very similar to my own DIY farmhouse table. Similar use of osborne table legs, and pocket hole jig. Keep up the good work!
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Top and Finish Step 1 Prepare the four 2″x10″s for the top slats F. Cut the planks to rough length, trim to width, and then cut to final length. Sand the slats to 220 grit. Step 2 Now it’s time for finishing. Start the process by easing all of the hard edges of the top and table base with 220-grit sandpaper for a smooth feel. Then wipe down the wood with a tack cloth. Step 3 Apply a pre-stain conditioner, following the manufacturer’s instructions, to prevent the stain from turning blotchy in the soft wood; then apply a stain of your choice to the slats using a foam brush. Step 4 When the stain is dry, brush on three coats of a semigloss polyurethane to the table base and slats. Allow each coat to dry; lightly sand between coats with 320-grit sandpaper to remove rough spots.
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Step 1 Prepare the four 2″x10″s for the top slats F. Cut the planks to rough length, trim to width, and then cut to final length. Sand the slats to 220 grit. Step 2 Now it’s time for finishing. Start the process by easing all of the hard edges of the top and table base with 220-grit sandpaper for a smooth feel. Then wipe down the wood with a tack cloth. Step 3 Apply a pre-stain conditioner, following the manufacturer’s instructions, to prevent the stain from turning blotchy in the soft wood; then apply a stain of your choice to the slats using a foam brush. Step 4 When the stain is dry, brush on three coats of a semigloss polyurethane to the table base and slats. Allow each coat to dry; lightly sand between coats with 320-grit sandpaper to remove rough spots.
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At the top of the list as one of my longtime favorites, Floyd Legs can make a table out of anything. Available in a variety of lengths, select your tabletop of choice and use the legs to make a bench, a coffee table, or a studly, industrial dining room table. (P.S. Bed legs coming soon! Exciting.)

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