Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Dining Table! This table can easily be extended by adding to the length of the top boards, as well as the stretcher. An extra connector will need to be used in the center of the top, but otherwise increase in length all you like! It’s practically custom! Xx… Rayan
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 26 – 2×4 at 8’
- 2 – 2×4 at 6’
- 1 – 2×2 at 4’
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2-1/2″ Wood Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 26 – 2×4 at 62” – Top
- 28 – 2×4 at 27-1/2” – Legs
- 2 – 2×4 at 39” – Top Connectors
- 2 – 2×2 at 21” – Leg Connector
- 2 – 2×4 at 21” – Leg Connector
- 1 – 2×4 at 25” – Stretcher
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.
2×4 boards are rounded at the edges. If this look is not desired, the boards can be squared off using a table saw but it will change the height of the table slightly. To compensate for this, add to the height of the legs accordingly.
Cut the pieces for the legs and the top. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in one end only of each leg piece. Secure the legs to the top boards using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. (There will be twelve top boards left over).
Stack the leg and top assembly boards together adding a bead of glue before adding the next assembly. The pocket holes on the last assembly can face in so they will not have to be filled. Stack the remaining top boards on each side (six to a side) adding a bead of glue to each board, then clamp the entire stack together.
Cut the pieces for the top connectors and position them on the bottom of the top boards along the outside of the legs. Secure to each top board using glue and countersunk 2-1/2” screws.
Cut the pieces for the leg connectors. Attach the 2×2 connectors at the inside of each leg and also to the top boards using glue and countersunk 2-1/2” screws. Attach the 2×4 connectors to the legs as shown using glue and countersunk 2-1/2” screws.
Cut the piece for the stretcher and drill pocket holes at each end. Center it on the lower connectors then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
2 comments on “Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Dining Table”
Would love to have this plan in PDF form. Your pictures just have that little ? on them now. I am trying to build this table and it seems that your plan is the closest one to the actual name brand one. Thank you
i shall get this fixed up in just a few minutes! you should be good to go then!