Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Cross Frame Dining Table

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This collection is really fun, and easy to build. Perfect for a low cost build with a ton of style!

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** Kreg Jig – Optional, and can be built without one, but will have a few tricky attachments for this project and as is the case with most projects, would definitely benefit from using one.


1 Sheet – 3/4″ Plywood 4'x8'

4 – 2×3 @ 8'

3 – 2×2 @ 8'

1 – 1×3 @ 10'

2 – 1×3 @ 8'


**Kreg Jig Owners: 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws.

2 1/2″ Screws

2″ Finish Nails (you can also use the 1 1/4″ Screws for the table trim if you prefer not to buy this or don't have a finish nail gun)

Wood Glue

Wood Filler


Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

6 – 2×3 @ 28 1/2″ (Legs)

2 – 2×3 @ 45″ (Bases)

1 – 2×3 @ 40″ (Cross Bar)

2 – 2×3 @ 18″ (Horizontal Bases)

2 – 2×2 @ 81″ (Frame)

2 – 2×2 @ 48″ (Frame)

1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 48″x84″ (Table Top)

2 – 1×3 @ 49 1/2″ (Trim)

2 – 1×3 @ 84″ (Trim)


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.

Step 1

Step 1 

Attach the Center Legs to their Bases and attach the Center Cross Bar: Use 2 1/2″ Screws or 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws.

Step 2

Step 2 

Attach the Outside Cross Bars: This is the trickiest portion of this plan if you aren't using a Kreg Jig. You will need to attach the Outside Cross Bars to the Bases by fastening them from a spot near the attachment. You will fasten from the outside edges of each Cross Bar, inward at an angle into your Base (forming an X shape with your screws when they are both fastened). Attach the Outside legs using 2 1/2″ Screws.

Step 3

Step 3 

Use your Pocket Hole System to attach the frame pieces to each other and then attach the Frame to the Legs. If you aren't using a Kreg Jig, fasten frame together using 2 1/2″ Screws. Use 2 1/2″ Screws and fasten down into each leg. This frame serves the purpose of providing something to attach your table top to, so that you won't have to make visible holes in it.

Step 4

Step 4 

Fasten the Table Top to the Frame from underneath. Use 2″ Screws.

Step 5

Step 5 

Trim out the Table Top: Use 2″ Finish Nails to attach, or if you have trouble with this (because you don't have a finish nail gun and doing it by hand is hard) you can also use your 1 1/4″ Screws, just be strategic in where you place them and how many you use along each edge.

Finishing Instructions 

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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