Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a CB2 Inspired Expandable Pocket Dining Table

02.03.12 By //
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An easy to build, expandable, and stylish piece, this table is sure to be a new favorite of mine! Don’t you love the convenience of an expandable table? Me too. Especially in a home where my furniture is already filling the place to the brim.

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Dimensions for This Project
Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink bit for drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6’
  • 2 – 2×2 at 4’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6’
  • Half sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1¼” pocket hole screws
  • 1½” pocket hole screws
  • 1” screws
  • 2 sets of 12” drawer slides (I recommend Blum Low Profile Slides part no. 3732 @
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2×2 at 28-1/2” – Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 33” – Aprons
  • 2 – 2×2 at 48” – Side Aprons
  • 2 – 23-3/16” x 32-3/4” pieces of ¾” plywood – Top
  • 2 – 1×3 at 32-3/4”, ripped to 2” wide – Top Aprons
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18” – Slide Supports
  • 1 – 24” x 32-3/4” – Leaf
  • 2 – 1×2 at 4” – Leaf Connectors

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
Step 1

Using the 2×2 pieces, cut the legs as indicated.  Set the Kreg jig for 1½”material and drill pocket holes in one end only of each piece.

Cut the pieces for the sides. They will overlap the top of the legs by 1-1/2”. Use glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. Attach the drawer slides to the insides of each assembly. They should be located ¾” back from the side edge. See drawing.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the side aprons. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach the aprons ¾” down from the top of the leg with the face flush with the face of the legs. Use glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3

 Cut the pieces for the top and the top aprons. Attach an apron to one 32-3/4” edge of each top piece with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide supports. Attach to the underside of the table top locating one end flush with the front apron and 3/8” back from the side. See drawing.

Attach the drawer slide to the outside face of the slide support on the top. The end of the drawer slide should be flush with the inside of the table top apron. There will be a 1/8” gap around the sides and in the center of the tops.

Step 4
Step 4

 Cut two 1×2 pieces to use as connectors to keep the top from sliding apart. These pieces will serve dual-duty as they will be used to secure the leaf in place once inserted. Drill two countersunk holes in each piece and fasten in place with 1” screws. Do not use glue!  Even though it isn’t shown in the picture, it would be a good idea to use four connectors – two at each end, staggered so they don’t hit each other.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Cut the piece for the leaf. To insert leaf, remove one screw from each connector making sure they are opposite of each other. In other words, do not remove a screw on the same side, one connector will need to stay attached to each top piece. Insert the leaf and reinsert the screws in the connectors to hold in place.  See Drawing.

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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