How to Make Small Tables


Tables are something everyone needs. From the architect to the child still in school, tables help people get through their daily routines. The most difficult part of building a table is the legs. It is recommended that these be purchased: Legs that vary only slightly will cause a table to wobble. The tops of the tables can still have your personality. (Remember, the top of the table gets the most attention.) Designs can vary from the handcrafted and carved to the simple checkerboard. Whatever design you create will be certain to show your handiwork.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece of oak plywood 18"x18"
  • 4 oak legs 24" long
  • 2 pieces of 1"x2" oak, 16" long
  • 2 pieces of 1"x2" oak 14-½" long
  • 8' of ¾" flat mold
  • Wood glue
  • Brads
  • Electric miter box
  • Variable-speed drill
  • 1-¾" drywall screws
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • 100 grit Sand paper
  • Drill holes in the edges of the 1"x 2" oak, 3" from the ends. with the 1/8" drill bit. Then drill the countersink holes with the 3/8" drill bit. Do not drill more than halfway through. Do this on all four 1"x 2" oak pieces.

  • Turn the 18"x18" piece of oak plywood so that the bottom side is up. Draw a line 1"from the edge around the perimeter of the 18"x18" oak plywood.

  • Run a bead of wood glue to the long edge of the 1"x2" oak and secure it to the bottom side of the 18"x18" oak plywood. Be certain to line it up with the 1" mark around the perimeter of the 18"x18" oak plywood. Repeat this until all four pieces of the 1"x2" oak have been installed.

  • Measure and cut the flat mold to make a picture frame that will cover the edge of the 18"x18" oak plywood. Secure these pieces with the brads and set the nail heads with the nail set.

  • Apply glue to the end of the leg that secures to the bottom of the 18"x18" oak plywood. Place it in the corners created by the 1"x2" oak. Secure the leg by driving 1-¼" drywall screws through the 1"x2" oak and into the leg. Repeat this until all four legs are installed. Turn the table upright, sand lightly and finish as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Place a heavy object on the table to help the glue on the legs set up securely.
  • Wood buttons can be used to fill screw holes if desired.
  • Do not leave power tools unattended.

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