This post kicks of a new series, one of my goals this year is to share more DIY posts,these posts will include all the details so you can build your own furniture piece. A few months ago I built a table for our entry way-it took one afternoon from start to finish and I’m excited to share the step by step with you today.
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig
If this is your first woodworking project or if you’re not familiar with a Kreg Jeg-watch this VIDEO. In my experience it has made woodworking so much easier as well as providing the opportunity to make tighter joints. You will need to purchase and be familiar with a Kreg Jig for this project.
- 30″ Table Top
- (2) 2×2 Furring Strip Board
- Small Can of Special Walnut Stain by Minwax
- Small Can of Weathered Oak Stain by Minwax
I ordered the table top from HERE. It’s a 1 1/2″ Baltic Birch Plywood top with a diamter of 30″ .
STEP 1-cut your wood pieces
- Cut (4) 30″ pieces
- Cut (1) 26″ piece
- Cut (2) 12 1/4″ pieces
Using your mitre saw make a 7 degree angled cut to each end of your 30″ pieces. For each piece make sure you reverse the angle on the opposite end.
STAIN ALL WOOD PIECES
I’ve experimented with different wood stains and I really love the combination of Min Wax’s Weathered Oak and Special Walnut. You can practice on a piece of scrap wood to get the combination that you like. For this table I wiped on a coat of Special Walnut, waited 30 min. and wiped on a coat of Weathered Oak. The stain color will vary depending on the raw color of your wood. I tried to pick the lightest pieces out of the pile. Stain color is really your personal preference.
ASSEMBLE THE TABLE BASE
Use the Kreg Jig and use it on one end of each of the 12 1/4″ pieces. Once the holes are made attach these pieces in a cross formation to the 26″ piece. See photo below.
Before you start attaching the legs to the base. Take each 30″ piece and write with a pencil “top” and “bottom.” The bottom will be the end, that when leg is attached to the table base, the angled cut is sloping towards the middle of the table. That may sound confusing but see the picture below.
Once you’ve determined the top and bottom of each 30″ piece-you will use the Kreg Jig to drill holes on the end of each piece that you’ve determined to be the top. The holes will be drilled on the side that will face towards the inside of the table. (See two photos below)
Now that you’ve drilled the Kreg Jig holes on the top inside portion of the legs, you are ready to attach the legs to the base.
Attach each end of the table base to the four 30″ leg pieces. I used wood screws to attach the legs. Take note of which way the angle slants as you attach each leg. The angle should slope towards the center of the table. See pictures below.
Once each leg is attached to the base, attach the legs to the table top. You will use the pre-drilled Kreg Jig holes to attach.
Measure from the edge of the table to the legs so you know the base is centered on the table top.
STAND BACK AND ADMIRE YOUR TABLE
All you need to do now is flip your table upright and admire your handiwork. This table was my first solo wood working project. I was able to do it start to finish, by myself in one afternoon. If you’ve been interested in wood working or furniture building this is a great beginner project!
Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll walk you through it. Happy wood working!