This is a simple and quick table for the little ones, where they can create, pretend, or have their own “kids’ table” to eat at!
Between $40 – $65.00
Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
1-3×3 Post* at 8’
2-1×3 at 8’
Half sheet of ¾” plywood
*If 3×3 posts are not available in your area or are too expensive, 1×3 lumber can be face-glued to a 2×3 to create the posts. Keep in mind that the depth will differ by 1/4” so the aprons will need to be adjusted accordingly (add a 1/2″).
* You will need to purchase one additional 1×3 at 8′ as well as one 2×3 at 8′ if you are face gluing for the legs.
1 1/4” pocket hole screws
4 – 3×3 at 21 1/4” Legs
2 – 1×3 at 26” Long Aprons*
2 – 1×3 at 17” Short Aprons
2 – 1×3 at 20 1/2” Table Top Supports
1 – 3/4″ ply at 24” x 33” Top
** If making your own posts from 1×3 and 2×3 lumber, add ½” the length of the aprons.
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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.
Using the saw of your choice, cut the posts to the length indicated.
Cut the apron pieces as listed above (add 1/2″ if face gluing boards to create legs) and add pocket holes to each end (set for 3/4″ stock). Two at each end will be sufficient. Also add pocket holes to one long end of each of the 17” aprons to secure the table top. (These will face to the inside.) Attach the aprons flush with the front of the legs using the 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. Don’t forget to use glue for an extra strong joint!
Cut the top supports and add pocket holes to each end. Also add pocket holes to one long end of each board to secure the table top. Space the supports on the long aprons as indicated and secure with glue/screws.
Cut the table top to the measurements indicated. The top will hang over the table by 1” on each side. Secure to table frame using 1 1/4” pocket hole screws through pocket holes drilled on long sides of 17” aprons and supports.
Add nail-on furniture glides to bottom of legs, if desired. I’ve also used adjustable glides on my tables.
To finish the edges of the tabletop, use iron-on edge banding or sand the edges and leave them exposed.
If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability..
If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly on the legs and aprons, and brush-on poly for the top for added durability.
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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