How to Build a Dining Room Table

Create a sturdy family dining room table that will last the ages and endure year after year of meals, drawing, art projects, school projects, and late night conversations with family and friends.

7.6k Views 764 Likes
How to Build a Dining Room Table
19 Steps
Supplies
Embed
1
Collection of tools that I used.

Collection of tools that I used.

2
Select wood from a local lumbar yard. Get nice wood, so don't even think about going to Lowes or Home Depot. I chose Alder because it is a good hardwood, reasonable price and has smooth grain lines.

Select wood from a local lumbar yard. Get nice wood, so don't even think about going to Lowes or Home Depot. I chose Alder because it is a good hardwood, reasonable price and has smooth grain lines.

Recommended For You
3
I had the lumber yard mill the wood to S4 - meaning square in all four sides. It's not perfectly planed/joined, but it is what it is as I don't have access to a planer or joiner.

I had the lumber yard mill the wood to S4 - meaning square in all four sides. It's not perfectly planed/joined, but it is what it is as I don't have access to a planer or joiner.

4
Lay out your wood to choose the best orientation and alignment to get the character you want. I like knots, so I flipped those to the top side to give the table more of my type of character.

Lay out your wood to choose the best orientation and alignment to get the character you want. I like knots, so I flipped those to the top side to give the table more of my type of character.

5
Start with the ends and use doweling jig to drill holes 1" deep into wood. Repeat at other end of plank, then measure out and drill holes in between. Replicate exactly placements on adjoining plank

Start with the ends and use doweling jig to drill holes 1" deep into wood. Repeat at other end of plank, then measure out and drill holes in between. Replicate exactly placements on adjoining plank

6
Clean all drill holes of any saw dust.

Clean all drill holes of any saw dust.

7
Drill all holes in both planks. I chose to do 10 total peg holes for an 84" plank.

Drill all holes in both planks. I chose to do 10 total peg holes for an 84" plank.

8
Dry fit the pegs and ensure all pegs align with holes in adjoining plank.

Dry fit the pegs and ensure all pegs align with holes in adjoining plank.

9
Apply ample glue to peg holes and side edge. Ensure peg holes have sufficient glue throughout hole. Don't worry about excess glue, I'll show you how the glue is removed at a later step.

Apply ample glue to peg holes and side edge. Ensure peg holes have sufficient glue throughout hole. Don't worry about excess glue, I'll show you how the glue is removed at a later step.

10
Use pipe clamps until all gaps are closed. Let cure over night.

Use pipe clamps until all gaps are closed. Let cure over night.

11
Add remaining planks by repeating steps #8 and #9. Remember to let each additional plank cure a day.

Add remaining planks by repeating steps #8 and #9. Remember to let each additional plank cure a day.

12
Slowly unclamp the table top and prepare your workspace to sand. I live in an apartment in SF, so I worked in my living room and created a massive cleanup project. Not recommended. Ha.

Slowly unclamp the table top and prepare your workspace to sand. I live in an apartment in SF, so I worked in my living room and created a massive cleanup project. Not recommended. Ha.

13
Fill in cracks and gaps as needed/desired. Some knots look beautiful unfilled, but then it'll just fill with crumbs.

Fill in cracks and gaps as needed/desired. Some knots look beautiful unfilled, but then it'll just fill with crumbs.

14
Start sanding with 80 grit. Sand top, bottom and all four sides. Then proceed to 150 grit and 220 grit. More than 220 grit is overkill and you won't notice the difference.

Start sanding with 80 grit. Sand top, bottom and all four sides. Then proceed to 150 grit and 220 grit. More than 220 grit is overkill and you won't notice the difference.

15
Apply first coat of finish on the underside of the table. Test your finishes and technique until you're confident with the result. Then complete the finish on the underside.

Apply first coat of finish on the underside of the table. Test your finishes and technique until you're confident with the result. Then complete the finish on the underside.

16
Choose your legs. I had these custom made by a craftsman on etsy.

Choose your legs. I had these custom made by a craftsman on etsy.

17
Finish the top surface. This is only two coats of pure tung oil and I ended up doing six oats over three weeks. Use pure tung oil and not the cheap stuff with additives.

Finish the top surface. This is only two coats of pure tung oil and I ended up doing six oats over three weeks. Use pure tung oil and not the cheap stuff with additives.

18
Finished table.

Finished table.

19
Finished table #instagram'd

Finished table #instagram'd

keyboard shortcuts:     previous step     next step
Comments
0 COMMENTS
View More Comments