DIY Plans to Build a Modern Dining Table

Get Building: Build a Sleek and Modern Dining Table with These DIY Plans

This has got to be the simplest table you’ll ever come across! Made from 3/4″ plywood, this DIY dining table plan is perfect for beginners and can be finished in just a weekend. With its square top and rounded corners, along with a cutout base, the exposed edges of the plywood give it a special charm. The base is securely attached to the top using pocket hole screws. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

plans build modern dining table dimensions

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer and paint or stain and sealer)

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 29-1/4″ x 48″ – Table Base
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 29-1/4″ x 23-5/8″ – Table Base
  • Use the 4′ x 4″ sheet of plywood for the top as is!

DIY modern dining table

Notes About the Project:

  • Sand all pieces prior to assembly paying extra attention the the edges of the plywood that will be exposed
  • Pocket hole plugs can be used to fill the pocket holes, if desired

Step One

Cut the pieces for the base. The outer edges will have a 6″ radius at the bottom corners, with a 6″ border. The openings will have a 3″ radius. Draw lines on each piece to mark the center openings (including the rounded corners), then cut the centers out with a jigsaw. Draw the rounded corners on the bottom each piece as shown, and cut those with a jigsaw, as well.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material, and drill the pocket holes as shown. Thoroughly sand each piece, then assemble the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Paint or stain the base as desired.

DIY dining table plans base pieces

Step Two

The corners of the top have a 12″ radius. Draw the lines for the rounded corners, then cut using a jigsaw. Thoroughly sand the top, especially the edges, then paint or stain as desired.

DIY modern dining table plans top

Step Three

Lay the top upside down on a flat surface. Position the base, centered, so that each corner points to the rounded corners of the top. Trace around the base with a pencil on the underside of the top for easy positioning. Secure the base to the top using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY modern dining table plans securing base to underside of top

The table can be finished however you choose! Some examples include staining or painting the top and base the same color; staining the base one color and painting the top another color or vice versa; staining stripes on the top; staining the table then painting bright colored stripes; decoupage the top with decorative paper, etc. There are virtually tons of options and if you build this, I would love to see your version! Leave any questions or photos or other finishing suggestions for the DIY modern table plans below!