DIY Dining Table

DIY Dining Table: Wood, Tools, Process -


The dining table is the heart of the home. Yes we make food in our kitchens and we converse in our living rooms, but where everyone can agree on is that the dining room is for everyone. It's always a good idea to consider a variety of dining tables to suit your needs. The shape and size of the room depend on the size of the room, the number of seats you require for your family, and a secret ingredient. This is, of course, the style. If you have walked through home stores and or browsed online and haven’t found a dining table you really like, perhaps you should take things into your own hands. Let’s make an alfresco dining table.

The cut

Firstly, you need to select your wood type and then the cut. The best wood for your dining table is probably going to be hardwood. Hardwoods such as oak, are very popular because they are scratch-resistant to some degree. Of course it does matter what type of finish you select but the wood is just as vital.

Will you choose a rectangular cut? This is for a long dining room and suits a room with great lighting very well. A round table cut is great for smaller rooms and perhaps, rooms or homes that value style overall.

The equipment

You will need Power Tools that are strong, able to cut through wood with ease and able to work even during the flying of debris. Cordless drills, dust extractors, saws and nailers are just a few of the items you will require.

You’ll also need a sander so you can smooth the surface. A carver tool to smooth the edges. You will also need masks as working with wood brings up the dangers of ingesting sawdust. Consider cordless screwdrivers so you can get into tight spots.

The process

  • Make the tabletop first. The cut and size of the table will let you know it's weight. This will then guide you when it comes to designing the support legs. Select where the legs need to go. Do you want to have four pillars around the edges of the table or in the center?

  • Next you will design the support legs making sure that where they are positioned will be the ideal support, so when someone leans on the table it does not tip.

  • The base support will be the next thing you make, which will be fitted to the bottom of the legs. This will give your table grounding and a lower center of gravity.

  • The seating or bench will be the next part. This is what your guests will be sitting on so bear in mind the length and width of the wooden pieces you make.

  • Finally, you will screw and glue these items together using a plan that goes from the bottom up.

Creating a dining table is a great venture where you can get really creative. It's also a labor of love that the whole family will enjoy for many years to come.

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