I realize this piece was at the bottom of our request list, but it’s just such a simple build that I decided to go ahead and tackle it and mark it off the list! This is a project that multiple people have mentioned so the desire to build this is high! This piece is not as inexpensive of a build as I typically prefer for this sort of furniture type…but, the major cost comes from purchasing the pre-fab legs and depending on the style you choose, they might run anywhere from $15-$25 per leg, and there are 8 of them! Still the savings on building this rather than buying it are in the hundreds! This will begin a new collection that we will call the Stacked Collection, because all the pieces regardless of the retailer that sells them, involved legs stacked on bases (that’s right, I have others in mind already…)!
- Tape Measure
- Kreg Jig® (pocket hole system)
- Finish Nail Gun – optional and you can use a hammer and finish nail set or screws and a countersink bit, but a nailer is the preferred method!
- Miter Saw or Coping Saw – if you choose to use trim mitered at the corners on the table top surrounds
- 8 – 16”-18” x 3 1/2” table legs in a style of your choice. Something like this style would be good!
- 2 – 1×4 at 10’
- 1 – 2×4 at 8’
- 1 – 2×4 at 10’
- 1 Sheet– 3/4” Ply
- 1/2 Sheet 3/4” Ply at 2’ x 8’
- 2 – 1/2”-3/4” trim in style of your choice at 8’
- 1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
- 2 1/2” Pocket Hole Screws
- 2 1/2” or 3” Wood Screws
- 2” Finish Nails
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Sanding Supplies
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 2×4 at 58” Base Frame
- 5 – 2×4 at 13 1/2” Base Frame
- 4 – 1×4 at 48” Aprons
- 4 – 1×4 at 6 1/2” Aprons
- 3 – 3/4” Ply at 17” x 58 1/2” Tops
- 6 – 1/2” quarter round trim or another trim of your choice at 59 1/2” Tops Trim – this will change slightly if you use something larger than 1/2”
- 6 – 1/2” quarter round trim or another trim of your choice at 18” Tops Trim – this will change slightly if you use something larger than 1/2”
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Build the Frame: Use your Kreg Jig® set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue.
Build the Tops and Trim them Out: You will construct 3 of these total! Using the Trim of your choice, glue and nail in place using your finish nails. Miter or cope the corners for the most professional appearance. Note the dimensions shown below for the trim are for 1/2” quarter round trim, because I like the way the slight step down looks, so if you are using larger trim, your dimensions will need to adjust accordingly. This can also be created with a router and the decorative trim bit of your choice, if you prefer!
Attach the Legs to 2 of the Tops: Using 2 of the 3 tops you created in the previous step, you will attach the legs using glue and 2 1/2”-3” wood screws from underneath. Set the legs 1 3/4” from the edge of the top insert (not from the outside edge of the trim). Use 2 screws per leg and simply screw upward from directly underneath.
Attach the Aprons: Use your Kreg Jig®set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to them to the Legs. Set them back (or in) about 1/4” from the outside edge of the legs.
Add the Second Tier Leg and Top Section: Use your 2” Finish Nails and Glue to secure the Top/Leg combo to the Aprons and Legs all the way around.
Attach Second Tier Aprons: Use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to construct attach the second tier aprons. This is precisely the same as in step 4. and should be set in 1/4” from the outside edges of the legs.
Add the Top: Use your 2” Finish Nails and Glue to attach to the aprons and the legs.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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