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Build my own dining room table?!

Yes! Don’t be intimidated by this project, but rather inspired by the end result! Although this sounds like a big undertaking, know that even a beginner can follow this DIY. The exciting part is that YOU get to be the creative director, choosing the type of wood, dimensions, stain (or wax), and legs in order to create your dream table. The table featured in our blog comes from A Beautiful Mess, and we think its clean lines and hairpin legs (a nod to modern design) offer great versatility. The simplicity of this design assures that you can use this table for years to come, even if you end up re-designing your dining area over and over again.

Let’s get started!

Supplies and Instructions

  • Wood panels (for the main part of the table). This is where it’s up to you…first, decide what dimension table you want for your space, approximately what thickness you would like, what kind of wood (oak, pine, aspen, etc), and how many panels across you’ll need for your desired dimensions. This DIY uses 4 planks for the top of the table.
  • Wood boards (much smaller than the panels, for support underneath the table top). This DIY uses 9 shorter boards to span the width and 2 longer boards for the length. You don’t need to add a frame, for example see Smile and Wave’s table, but A Beautiful Mess decided they liked a sturdier look.
  • Hairpin legs(4). These can be found on eBay, Etsy, at your local antique store, or from Hairpinlegs.com
  • Wood stain AND Polyurethane (for sealing the table). The stain is completely up to you, however, keep in mind the color of surrounding wood surfaces (floors, other furniture), and the overall ‘look’ you’re going for. If you don’t want to use a wood stain but still want a shiny, finished look, use Briwax in Golden Oak like Smile and Wave did. Also, about stain. Be sure and lightly brush a small area, then wipe up any excess with a cloth and allow to dry. You can always add more layers, so start light.
  • Box of 1 1/4″ screws AND power drill
  • Wood glue (if you plan to glue top panels together like Smile and Wave did…in which case you’re going to need clamps and a surface to clamp to). See example here. Otherwise, adhering the boards to the back of the panels should hold them together.
  • Sanding brick. After assembling, but before applying stain, you’ll need to sand all wood surfaces, wipe clean and let dry completely.

(All Photos by A Beautiful Mess)

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