I am fairly certain this is the table Santa will be “bringing” my little guy for his Christmas! Of course that is assuming I can actually find the time to help Santa build this without him seeing it.
**Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.
**Kreg Jig – Optional, but makes the build a snap.
1 – 1×2 at 10'
2 – 1×2 at 8'
1 – 1×4 at 10'
1 – 1×4 at 8'
1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws – if using a Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4″ Wood Screws or 1 1/4″ Finish Nails
2″ Wood Screws
7 – 1×2 at 21 1/2″ Frame and Outside Stretchers
4 – 1×2 at 19″ Legs
2 – 1×2 at 20 3/4″ Stretchers
2 – 1×2 at 20″ Aprons
7 – 1×4 at 24 1/2″ Table Top
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 your Frame: Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock and be sure to set your depth stop at the 3/4″ setting as well. Use your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to fasten. Create your Pocket holes for attaching the table top in this step as well. If you aren't using a Pocket Hole system, use a #8 countersink bit to pre-drill, and 2″ screws to build the frame.
Attach the Legs. Use a #8 countersink bit and your 1 1/4″ wood screws.
Fasten the Table Top in Place. You can elect to use plywood or MDF and Iron on Edge Banding, or you can line up 1×4's and secure them to the frame. To avoid so many screw holes showing , you can use a pocket hole system to join the boards together and then attach as a single unit to the frame. You have a few options for this step please note that joining the boards with a pocket hole system is really more for the benefit of creating a single table top piece that can be secured with less visible screws to the frame and isn't really a stability issue. To fasten to Table Base use the pocket holes you created earlier and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws or your #8 countersink bit and 2″ wood screws from the top and down into the frame.
Attach the Aprons and Stretchers. Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock or 2″ screws and your #8 countersink bit to pre-drill to fasten the stretchers, and use finish nails or 1 1 /4″ wood screws to attach the aprons.
Fill and Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School