How to Build Custom Dining Room Tables


Dining room tables vary widely in size and style. From grand tables that can seat dozens to small tables for intimate family dinners, they are an essential part of any home decor. Custom dining room tables can be built from almost combination of wood, metal, glass or synthetic material. Tables can be of fixed dimensions, or be expanded with leaves to accommodate more guests. A simple dining room table can be built from readily available materials.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch thick wooden board, 42-by-52 inches long 4 wooden 2-by-4s, 30 inches long Nails Wood putty Wood stain Wood varnish
  • Mark the 42-by-52 inch board with an "x" at each of the points to which you will attach a leg. The "x" should go at the center of the end of the 2-by-4. Each leg must be evenly spaced to support the top of the dining room table, and should be near one of the corners of the board.

  • Center a 2-by-4 on top of an "x." Use 3 or 4 nails to nail the leg to the board. The nails should go from the top of the table down into the leg. Repeat the process for the other 3 legs.

  • Fill the nail holes with wood putty. Use sandpaper to smooth out the putty. Sand the remainder of the dining room table to eliminate rough spots.

  • Stain the entire dining room table, including the legs. The stain may be transparent or colored depending on what look you want.

  • Wait for the stain to dry (about 24 hours) and then apply varnish on top of the dry stain. Varnish will help impart a deep luster to your dining room table. It will also help to protect and seal the wood.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different shapes for both legs and tabletop. Legs can be turned or carved. Tabletops can have mitered edges or be oval in shape.
  • If making a longer table, make sure you have enough legs to support the weight of the tabletop.

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