How to build a rustic kitchen table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a rustic kitchen table. If you want to learn more about building a wooden kitchen table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Invest in the best materials you can afford (cedar, pine or redwood), making sure the components are right-angled and in a very good visual condition.

 

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Rustic kitchen table plans

Building a rustic table

Building a rustic table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16 1/2″ long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 11 1/2″ long APRONS
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 37″ long SHELF
  • D – 2 piece of 2×10 lumber – 48″ long TABLETOP
  • E – 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 11 1/2″ long SUPPORTS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a rustic kitchen table

Building the sides of the table

Building the sides of the table

 

The first step of the woodworking project is about building the sides of the kitchen table. Cut the legs out of 4×4 lumber, making sure you take accurate measurements. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the aprons and secure them to the legs with 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure. Check if the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.

 

Fitting the shelf slats

Fitting the shelf slats

 

Next, we recommend you to join the two sides of the rustic table together, by fitting the 1×8 slats, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them into place with galvanized screws and waterproof glue. Make sure the slats are horizontal and the corners square, before inserting the screws. In addition, make sure there are no gaps between the slats.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

Lay two pieces of 2×10 slats on a level surface and center the frame of the tabletop, as shown in the image. Drill pocket holes through the aprons and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the slats, making sure you leave no gaps between the components. Add waterproof glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

Building the supports

Building the supports

 

In order to enhance the look of the kitchen table, we recommend you to build three rectangular supports, using the information described in the article. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the vertical components. Add waterproof glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.

 

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

 

Drill pocket holes through the bottom and top components of the supports, align them with attention and secure them to the tabletop with galvanized screws. Check if the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws and adding the waterproof glue.

 

How to build a rustic kitchen table

How to build a rustic kitchen table

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the kitchen table.

 

 

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