A Nifty Counter Height Table with Storage

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Counter Height Table

This is one of those tables that can serve so many purposes – as extra seating for holiday entertaining or a dinner party, as a craft table, or even as a kitchen island! The DIY plans to build a Storage Counter Height Table feature a square top, 37-1/2″ height, and built-in storage on the side! This is a great project for beginners and can be completed in a weekend.

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 5 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 4×4 at 36-3/4″ – Legs
  • 3 – 1×4 at 29″ – Aprons
  • 2 – 1×4 at 36-3/4″ – Storage Sides/Legs
  • 5 – 1×4 at 34-1/2″ – Storage Shelves
  • 1 – 1×4 at 34-1/2″ – Top Support
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 36-1/4″ x 36-1/2″ – Storage Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 36″ x 36″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Counter Height Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the 4×4 legs and the aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each apron piece. Secure one of the apron pieces to the 4×4 legs as shown using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the storage sides/legs. Secure the remaining aprons to the storage sides/legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, treating each piece as a left and a right. Secure the apron/side assemblies to the 4×4 legs using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the storage shelves and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the shelves to the storage sides/legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Four

Cut the piece for the top support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the support to the aprons as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Five

Cut the piece for the storage back. position the piece on the back of the storage shelves between the aprons. Secure the piece using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the back into each of the shelves.

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Step Six

Cut the piece for the top. If using edge banding, it will be applied to the exposed edges prior to securing the top on the frame. The top will be flush with the frame on all sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Finish as desired.

I imagine this table in a really dark finish but of course, that is my preference with everything, ha ha! There are so many neat ways to finish it including wallpaper on the storage back, the glue-resist technique on the top, or a high-gloss painted finish! Leave a comment below if there are any questions about the DIY plans to build a Storage Counter Height Table!




Build a Fabulous Truss Dining Table

The Castleton Dining Table Plans Will Help You Create a Gorgeous Piece of Furniture with Style!

Don’t you just love the rustic look of truss-style furniture? The Castleton dining table plans fit the bill perfectly! With striking elegance, this table will have a huge impact on style but not on the budget!

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Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×3 at 6′
  • 3 – 2×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×4 at 4′
  • 3 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 7 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 4×4 at 6′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 4×4 posts at 30″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×4 at 38-1/2″ – Upper Side Frame & Center Top Supports
  • 2 – 2×3 at 38-1/2″ – Lower Side Frame
  • 2 – 2×3 at 20-1/2″ – Center Side Frame
  • 4 – 2×3 at 26-3/16″ – Truss Supports
  • 4 – 2×4 at 12″ – Top Edge Boards
  • 2 – 2×4 at 45″ – Top Edge Boards
  • 3 – 2×3 at 45″ – Top Frame & Lower Stretcher
  • 7 – 2×6 at 76″ – Top Boards

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and side frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces. The 2×4 upper frame pieces will be positioned 1-1/2″ down from the top edge of the legs. Secure in place using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The 2×3 lower frame pieces will be located on end with the back face flush with the inside face of the legs. Secure in place using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the center frame pieces and shown then secure in place using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the truss supports. Cut 33 degree miters in each end as shown, then drill pocket holes noting that there will be a right and a left piece for each leg assembly. Secure to the frame pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the top edge boards. Drill pocket holes in one edge only of each of the shorter pieces and both edges of the longer pieces. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The top face of these boards will be flush with the top end of the legs.

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Step Four

Cut the pieces for the top frame boards and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the legs as shown making sure they are snug against the top edge boards using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The inside edge will be flush with the inside face of the legs. Secure the center portion of the boards to the top edge boards using countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.

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Step Five

Cut the pieces for the center top supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the top frame boards using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Six

Cut the piece for the lower stretcher. Secure to the lower frame piece using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the top boards. Secure to the upper frame boards and center support boards using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws through the underside.

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Finish as desired.

The Castleton dining table plans will create one hefty piece of furniture! Wouldn’t it look fabulous with a dark stain? At any rate, this piece is perfect for those new to woodworking and would also be fabulous constructed from umber suitable to outdoor use!

Need help with the plans? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




A Simple to Build Dining Table Just in Time for the Holidays!

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table

Need a dining table for holiday entertaining? This is the perfect table… The DIY plans to build an Easy Rustic Dining Table feature a planked top with stretchers at the lower portion of the legs to give it a sturdy, rustic look. The plans call for straight off-the-shelf boards and can be enhanced with metal plates found in the deck section of any home improvement retailer. I promise, this plan is easy enough to have completed in a hurry!

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Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 3″ screws (lag screws can also be used for a more industrial look)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 6 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 7 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 4×4 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 4×4 at 28-1/2″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×4 at 36″ – Lower Side Stretcher
  • 2 – 2×4 at 29″ – Shorter Aprons
  • 2 – 2×4 at 73″ – Long Aprons
  • 3 – 2×4 at 32″ – Center Supports
  • 1 – 2×4 at 80″ – Lower Stretcher
  • 7 – 2×6 at 84″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table

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The notches in the legs and in the lower side stretcher are completely optional. If the notches are not used, the corresponding piece or pieces will rest on top and be secured with glue and 3″ screws.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. If cutting the notch in the lower edge, it will be cut using multiple cuts on a table saw or circular saw with the center portion chiseled away. This post shows how to cut notches easily with a table saw!

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower side stretcher. Cut the notch, if desired, and secure the piece to the legs using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the shorter aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the shorter aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the aprons 1/2″ back from the outside face of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Shorter Aprons

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the long aprons and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the aprons 1/2″ back from the outside face of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Long Aprons

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the center supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the long apron using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Center Supports

Step Six

Cut the piece for the lower stretcher. Secure the stretcher to the lower side stretcher using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Lower Stretcher

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the top. The ends of the top planks will overhang by 2″ while the sides of the outermost planks will overhang by 1-1/4″. Secure the top planks in place using glue and countersunk 3″ screws through the top boards into the side aprons and the center supports.

DIY Plans to Build an Easy Rustic Dining Table-Top

Finish as desired.

This table can be completed in a couple of days, even with finishing! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build an Easy Rustic Dining Table? Leave a comment below!




Build a Burlington Dining Table with Top Options

An Easy to Build Table with a Customizable Top – DIY Plans to Build a Burlington Dining Table

In the market for a new dining table? The DIY plans to build a Burlington dining table are super-easy to construct making it an ideal project for those new to woodworking, plus the top is completely customizable! The boards can run the length of the table, the width of the table, in a herringbone pattern, or create your own design!

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There is no lumber listed for the top in the lumber list or the cut list. The amount of lumber will depend on the design you choose to create!

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 3 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 2 – 4×4 posts at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 4×4 posts at 28-1/2″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×4 at 25″ – Aprons
  • 2 – 2×4 at 62″ – Aprons
  • 3 – 2×4 at 25″ – Center Supports
  • 2 – 2×2 at 25″ – Top Supports
  • 4 – 2×2 at 13-5/8″ – Top Supports
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15-1/8″ – Top Supports
  • 2 – 2×4 at 35″ – Top Frame
  • 2 – 2×4 at 72″ – Top Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 28″ x 65″ – Top Base
  • Pieces for the top design

DIY Plans to Build a Burlington Dining Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ materials, drill pocket holes in each end of the aprons as well as one long edge of each piece to attach the top. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Make sure that the pocket hole in the long edges face up!

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the center supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the longer aprons as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the top frame. Cut the miters in each end at 45° maintaining the overall length dimensions. Drill pocket holes in the miters, and assemble the frame using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Position the frame so that 2″ overhangs on each side (the inside will be flush with the inside face of each apron) securing in place with glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws through the aprons into the underside of the frame.

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Step Four

Cut the pieces for the top supports. Secure to the inside of the aprons as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ screws. The top face of the supports will be flush with the top face of the center supports.

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Step Five

Cut the piece for the top base. Position inside the top frame securing to the top supports and the center supports using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.

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Step Six

Here is the fun part… Using any wood species and wood type (plywood or solid wood), create the table top. The drawings below are examples of different designs that can be created for the top, though you may have your own ideas! A second sheet of 3/4″ plywood can also be added then a pattern or stripes can be stained or painted on it. Pallet boards can also be used, provided they are 3/4″ thick! The top can also be constructed out of tile!

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Finish as desired!

The DIY plans to build a Burlington dining table are fun, right? I think it is the top that will make the table a unique piece! Have any questions about the plans? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




A New Plan for a Fabulous Ballard Designs Inspired Table

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Hudson Dining Table

This table, inspired by a table in the Ballard Designs catalog, is seriously easy to build! The DIY furniture plans to build a knock-off Hudson Dining Table feature a double layered plywood top, with a base featuring black pipe and X legs. This top is an easy build, even for those new to furniture building and can be completed in a weekend!

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Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ angle brackets with screws, optional
  • 2″ edge banding, optional
  • Contact cement
  • 2 – 3/4″ black pipe caps
  • 2 – 3/4″ x 3″ black pipe nipples
  • 2 – 3/4″ black pipe couplers
  • 1 – 3/4″ black pipe cut to custom length of approximately 57″ (measure before cutting)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • 3/4″ hole saw or paddle bit
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 4 – 2×3 at 8′ OR
  • 2 – 2×6 at 8′ ripped in half
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×3 at 42-13/16″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×3 at 17-3/16″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×3 at 22-15/16″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×3 at 21″ – Base (X Leg Connector)
  • 2 – 2×3 at 59″ – Base (Aprons)
  • 2 – 2×3 at 20″ – Top Supports
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 42″ x 72″ – Top

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Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

All angles on the legs and base (X leg connectors) are cut at 45°.

The pieces for the top are laminated to each other using contact cement. The edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood top prior to assembly.

The top can be secured to the base using 1″ angle brackets or by drilling pocket holes in the aprons and X leg connectors, then using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

The black pipe can be spray painted any color after cleaning with mineral spirits to remove any special coating on the pipe.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs as shown in the drawing. Using a drill with a 3/4″ hole saw or paddle bit, drill a hole through each longer leg as shown.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in the square end of the shorter legs. The shorter pieces will be secured to the longer pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the X leg connectors on the base. Drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces in the miters as shown in the drawing, then secure to the top of the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the aprons and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws so that the top edges are flush and the bottom outside edge of the apron meets the edge of the leg. This means the angle of the legs may extend past the apron – see drawing. If using pocket hole screws to attach the top to the base, drill the holes in the aprons and the X leg connectors.

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Step Four

Cut the pieces for the top supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the aprons using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Five

Apply a coat of contact cement to one face of each plywood piece for the top, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the cement is dry, align the plywood pieces so the faces with contact cement are facing each other and pace them together. Apply pressure to make sure the faces make contact, then apply the edge banding.

Secure the base to the underside of the top using pocket hole screws or 1″ angle brackets.diy-furniture-plans-build-knock-off-hudson-dining-table-top

 

Flip the table over, then finish as desired.

Step Six

For the pipe connector (this keeps the legs from splaying out), clean and paint as desired. Add the couplers to each end of the longer pipe. Add the pipe nipples through the holes in the legs and into the opposite end of the couplers (the longer pipe will be in the middle). Add the caps to the pipe nipples on the outside of the legs.

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This table can be finished in any way you choose – painted, stained, stenciled, etc. – and will look fabulous! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a knock-off Hudson Dining Table? Leave a comment below!




DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Tatum Trestle Counter Table

A New Knock-Off Furniture Plan for a Dining Table

This quick to build table is very inexpensive and is a great way to showcase your awesome building skills! The DIY furniture plans to build a Ballard Designs Inspired Tatum Trestle Counter Table is built using 2x4s, 4x4s and a double layer of plywood for the top making for a super fabulous counter-height table! This table is the perfect project for those new to furniture building and can be completed in a weekend!

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Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 3″ screws
  • 4 – 5″ x 3/8″ lag screws
  • 2″ wide edge banding
  • Contact cement
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Table saw (to rip plywood – most home improvement centers will do this for you)
  • Drill
  • 3/8″ drill bit for the lag screws
  • 3/8″ socket wrench for the lag screws
  • Iron and cutter for edge banding
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 2 – 4×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 30″ – Top & Bottom Supports
  • 4 – 2×4 at 5″ – Bottom Support Feet
  • 1 – 4×4 at 30″ – Leg
  • 8 – 4×4 at 13-13/16″ – Bracing
  • 1 – 4×4 at 29″ – Center Bracing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 30″ x 48″ – Top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Tatum Trestle Counter Table

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes About the Project:

Mending plates can be used on the outside of the joints of each leg assembly for a more industrial look to the table!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the top and bottom supports, as well as the bottom support feet. Cut a 45° bevel in each end of the support pieces as well as one end of each support foot.

Secure the feet to the bottom support using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws. Refer to the drawing for placement.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the legs. Secure the legs to the center of each bottom support using glue and countersunk 3″ (or longer, if desired) screws.

Secure the top support to the top of the leg as indicated in the drawing using glue and countersunk 3″ (or longer, if desired) screws.

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Step Three

Cut the pieces for the bracing and cut 45° angles in each end. Secure the bracing pieces to the top and bottom supports, and legs as shown in the drawing securing in place using glue and toenailed 3″ screws.

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Step Four

Cut the piece for the center brace. Mark the position for the center brace on the legs and pre-drill the holes for the lag screws using a 3/8″ drill bit. Insert the lag screws and secure the center brace using the 3/8″ socket wrench. The lag screws can be spray painted prior to securing them to the leg assemblies.

 

Finish the leg base as desired.

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Step Five

Cut the plywood pieces for the top. Apply contact cement to one face of each piece and let it dry. With a helper, flip one piece over and position on top of the other piece. Make sure the pieces line up before letting the contact cement surfaces touch. Press down on the pieces to make sure the surfaces make contact. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood.

Finish the top as desired.

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Step Six

Position the top face down on a flat surface. Position the the leg base assembly upside down, on the underside of the table top then secure in place using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.

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With the holidays coming up, this table is a quick solution to adding extra table space for entertaining! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Ballard Designs Inspired Tatum Trestle Counter Table? Leave a comment below!




A New Knock-Off Dining Table Plan

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table

The last knock-off plan I posted, the IKEA Inspired Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet was quite popular so I decided to start creating knock-off (or “inspired by”) plans again. The DIY furniture plans to build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table are very similar to the original piece. I did make a few tweaks to make it easier to build and I also omitted the expanding feature that the original has – this table is big enough! The table features chunky legs with a lower brace and a planked top with breadboard ends. Plus, it is a really easy build but may take two people to move it into the house!

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Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 3″ regular screws
  • 3-1/2″ or 4″ regular screws
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor (or battery operated brad nailer)
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 7 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 4 – 4×4 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 4×4 at 25″ – Side Legs
  • 2 – 4×4 at 30-1/2″ – Lower Side Feet
  • 2 – 4×4 at 10-1/2″ – Side Leg Brace
  • 2 – 2×4 at 10-1/2″ – Side Leg Upper Brace
  • 2 – 2×4 at 10-5/8″ – Decorative Braces
  • 2 – 4×4 at 6-1/2″ – Outer Feet
  • 1 – 4×4 at 52-1/2″ – Center Support
  • 4 – 2×4 at 38-1/2″ – Widthwise Top Supports
  • 2 – 2×4 at 45-1/2″ – Lengthwise Top Supports
  • 7 – 2×6 at 78-1/2″ – Top Planks
  • 2 – 2×4 at 38-1/2″ – Top Breadboard Ends

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

The 4×4 pieces are connected to each other using pocket holes but with a sort of twist… the jig is clamped to the piece locating the end of it approximately 1-1/2″ back from the edge of the material. This is because the 4×4 material cannot fit into the regular jig. Since the longest pocket hole screws available are 2-1/2″, regular 3-1/2″ or 4″ screws are used but care must be taken so that the screws are not sunk too deeply in the pocket hole. Always use plenty of glue! The joins can also be reinforced on the outside with spray painted mending plates and angle braces for a more industrial look! (Kreg also makes an HD pocket hole jig for thicker material…)

The center support and the lengthwise supports will be secured to the leg assemblies without glue in case the table has to be disassembled to move it indoors!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the side legs. Drill pocket holes in one end of each of the 25″ 4×4 pieces as well as both ends of the 10-1/2″ 4×4 pieces. Secure the legs to the foot pieces as shown using glue and 3-1/2″ or 4″ regular screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side leg upper brace. Secure the upper brace to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the decorative braces. Cut the angles in the ends as shown. Secure the braces to the feet and legs using glue and 2″ brad nails.

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DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Decorative Braces 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the outer feet and cut a bevel in one top end of each of the piece. Drill pocket holes on the bottom side of the piece, opposite the bevel. Secure the side feet to the lower foot piece using glue and 3-1/2″ or 4″ regular screws.

Cut the piece for the center support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the center support to the lower feet (opposite the side feet) using 3-1/2″ or 4″ regular screws. Do not use glue in case the table has to be disassembled!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Side Feet

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Side Feet & Center Support

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the upper widthwise top supports. Cut a bevel in each end of each piece. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ and drill pocket holes along one long edge as shown in the drawing. Secure the widthwise supports to the legs and upper side support as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Widthwise Top Supports 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Widthwise Top Supports 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the lengthwise supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the lengthwise supports to the inner widthwise supports as shown in the drawing using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Do not use glue in case the table has to be disassembled!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Lengthwise Top Supports

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the top planks and breadboards. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×6 planks as well as in one long edge of each piece except for one! Assemble the top using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Top 1

Step Six

Lay the top on a flat surface with the top side facing down. Position the leg/base assembly on the underside of the table top as shown in the drawing. Secure the base to the top using 3″ screws through the widthwise and lengthwise supports into the underside of the table.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table - Top 2

An easy to build dining table perfect for showing off your skills while hosting a fabulous dinner party around it!

Finish as desired.

This length of this table can also be customized by shortening the length of the 2×6 planks, the lengthwise supports and the center supports. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a PB Inspired Stafford Dining Table? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Round Table

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table

This is the easiest round table you will ever build – I promise! I was asked to build four of these for the break room at work and was able to knock them out over two days while taking my time. Seriously! The DIY furniture plans to build a Simple Round Dining Table feature a round plywood top (which can also be constructed out of planked boards for a rustic look), 1×3 aprons and 2×2 legs. The top can be cut with a jigsaw (if you have super-stellar jigsaw skills – I don’t) or it can be cut using a large jig on a bandsaw. The size can also be adjusted for a larger diameter but I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller. The length of the aprons will have to be adjusted and if they are too close together, a chair won’t fit between them!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Featured plan image

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Completed table

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • Edge banding, if desired
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Jigsaw or bandsaw with circle cutting jig
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×3 at 6′

Cut List (for a 42″ round table):

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 1×3 at 25″ – Aprons
  • 1 – 1×3 at 26-1/8″ – Center Support
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 42″ round

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table

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Notes about the project:

For my table legs, I ripped 2x4s down to 2×2. This, to me, is easier and results in straighter legs. At the end of the post, I will include a cut list chart for wider tables. Also, sand the pieces and apply edge banding to the edges of the table prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the apron pieces, as well as one long end of each piece to attach the top. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws locating the aprons 1/4″ back from the outside faces of the legs. A scrap piece of 1/4″ plywood makes an excellent spacer!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Aprons

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - securing aprons to legs

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - 1/4" plywood spacer

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Completed Frame

Step Two

Cut the piece for the center support. Drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge to attach the top. Secure the support to the center of two opposite aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Center Support

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Installed center support

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. Draw a diagonal lines across the plywood piece to mark the center. Using a string, pushpin and pencil, draw the circle on the plywood, then cut out with a jigsaw. If using a bandsaw and a circle cutting jig, drill a 1/8″ hole at the center of the plywood piece. Cut the corners off with a jigsaw so that the piece resembles a hexagon shape, then cut the top on the jig.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Using a jig on a bandsaw to cut the top

Step Four

Lay the top face down on a flat surface then position the leg frame on top of it. Center the frame. I found that the top will overhang the frame at 7-1/8″ at the widest point. Draw lines on the top along the aprons to mark the position. Apply glue to the top of the legs, aprons and center support then position the leg frame on the top. Secure in place using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Positioning frame on table top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - drawing lines for frame position on table top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Round Dining Table - Securing frame to table top

Finish as desired.

This super-easy table takes only a few hours to build. The top can be cut from plywood or planked boards. A cut list for different sizes is also included in the plans!

If using a different diameter for the top, the length of the aprons and center support will have to be adjusted accordingly:

  • 43″ top = 26″ aprons, 27-1/8″ support
  • 44″ top = 27″ aprons, 28-1/8″ support
  • 45″ top = 28″ aprons, 29-1/8″ support
  • 46″ top = 29″ aprons, 30-1/8″ support
  • 47″ top = 30″ aprons, 31-1/8″ support
  • 48″ top = 31″ aprons, 32-1/8″ support

This super-simple table will look great with any finish. If using planks for the top, they will be assembled using pocket hole screws then cut in a circle in the same manner as plywood. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build an Easy Round Table? Leave a comment below!




Build a Fabulous Dining Table

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table

This table has to be one of the easiest builds ever… Combined with its large size and modern/vintage vibe, how can it be passed up? The DIY furniture plans to build a Truss-Leg Dining Table feature sawhorse-style frames for the legs and a plain, easy-to-build top with exposed plywood edges. This fabulous table can be completed in a weekend and won’t break the bank!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Copy

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Copy 2

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 3″ screws
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Circular saw, jigsaw or miter saw
  • Drill
  • Countersink bit
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 10 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×4 at 26″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×4 at 8-13/16″ – Leg Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×6 at 40″ – Leg Assembly Top
  • 4 – 2×4 at 28″ – Leg Bracing
  • 2 – 2×4 at 96″ – Top Frame
  • 5 – 2×4 at 41″ – Top Frame
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood – Top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the leg stretchers to length. Cut an 8.5° angle in the pieces as shown in the drawing. Secure the stretcher to the lower edge of the legs (locating the stretcher 4″ up from the floor) using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws from the outside of the leg into the ends of the stretcher.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Leg Assembly 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Leg Assembly 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the leg assembly top. Secure the legs to the top using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the top into the top end of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Leg Assembly 3

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the bracing and cut a 39.5° angle in each end (refer to the drawings). Secure the bracing to the leg stretchers and the underside of the leg assembly top using glue and toenailed 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Bracing 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Bracing 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the top frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 2×4 pieces. Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Top 1

Step Five

Secure the sheets of plywood to each side of the top frame using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. A router with a straight bit can be used to clean up the edges of the plywood along the frame.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Top 2

Step Six

Finish the legs and top as desired.

Secure the top to the leg assemblies using 3″ screws through the underside of the leg assembly top into the underside of the table top. Do not use glue! This way the table can be taken apart and easily moved. The assemblies (sawhorses) are positioned under one of the top frame pieces for security.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Truss-Leg Dining Table-Top 3

This massive table if perfect for any gathering or dinner party, and if constructed out of weather-resistant materials, would be perfect for a patio or deck! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Truss-Leg Dining Table? Leave a comment below!




A Large Dining Table That Will Be the Star of the Next Dinner Party!

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table

The inspiration for this dining table actually has a metal frame. I drew the plans for this table with a wood frame which will be just as sturdy. The DIY plans to build a Griffith Dining Table feature a planked top and 2×2 framing which can be painted with a metallic paint to resemble metal. This is a fabulously easy plan that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 – 6′
  • 8 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 7 – 2×6 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 7- 2×6 at 86″ – Top Planks
  • 2 – 1×2 at 32″ – Top Supports
  • 4 – 2×2 at 28-1/2″ – Legs
  • 6 – 2×2 at 27″ – Side Framing
  • 4 – 2×2 at 54″ – Stretchers & Center Framing
  • 3 – 2×2 at 12″ – Center Framing
  • 6 – 2×2 at 12-3/4″ – Top Support Framing

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the top planks and the top supports. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in one long edge of each piece, except one. Assemble the top with the planks side by side using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the top supports to the underside of the planks using glue and countersunk 2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Top 1

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the side framing. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter (27″) pieces. Assemble the side leg assemblies using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Leg Framing

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the top portion of the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the center framing and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the shorter pieces to the longer pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes toward the inside so they are somewhat hidden.

Secure the center framing to the upper and center side framing pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Center Framing 1

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Center Framing 2

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the top support framing and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the supports to the stretchers and the center framing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Top Support Framing

Finish the top and frame before joining them, especially if they are going to be painted or stained different colors.

Step Six

Place the top on a flat surface, top side down. Position the frame on the underside of the top. The frame should fit between the top supports, and will be positioned 4-1/4″ back from the side edges. Secure the frame to the top using countersunk 2-1/2″ screws. Do not use glue as the table may have to be disassembled one day to be moved!

DIY Plans to Build a Griffith Dining Table_Top 2

This fabulous table would fit perfectly with any decor or style, and will be a huge hit at the next dinner party. Trust me, the 2×2 framing is very sturdy and will look fabulous in a metallic finish! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Griffith Dining Table? Leave a comment below!