You know I love an interesting dining table, as evidenced by my most recent build here. I love the intricate seeming nature of this table’s base, especially since I know it isn’t all that difficult to construct, but would certainly seem so… Xx… Rayan
- 23 – 1×2 at 8’ (it may be more economical to purchase 8 – 1×6 at 8’ and rip strips on the table saw to 1-1/2” wide)
- 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
- 18 – 1×2 at 48” – Base Frame
- 18 – 1×2 at 14-1/4” – Base Frame
- 6 – 1×2 at 29-1/4” – Base Legs
- 2 – 1×2 at 84” – Top Frame
- 2 – 1×2 at 38-1/4” – Top Frame
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 41-1/4” x 84” – Top
Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.
Cut the pieces for the base frames. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 1×2 pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Draw a ¾” radius at each corner and cut out with a jigsaw. Sand the edges thoroughly.
Cut the pieces for the legs. It will be easier to mark the position for all of the frames on the back side of each leg at the spacing shown (adding for the thickness of the frames), and pre-drill the holes for the screws. Working on a flat surface, attach the legs to the first frame with the bottoms flush, using glue and countersunk 2” screws. Orient the pocket holes in the frame so they face down. Position the next frame, then secure using glue and countersunk 2” screws. Continue “layering” the frames. The last frame should be flush with the top of the legs.
Another tip – cut spacers equal to the distance between the frames to help hold the frames in place as they are being secured.
Cut the 1×2 pieces for the top frame. Cut a 45° bevel in one long edge of each piece, as well as each end of the longer 1×2 pieces. Secure to the bottom edge of the plywood piece for the top using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The bevels will face out.
With the bottom face of the top facing up, flip the base over and position it on the top. The base will sit 18” in from each side and 12” in from each long edge. Secure using 1-1/2” screws through the upper frame in the base into the top
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