There are a lot of plans out there for this style of table with straight 4×4 legs, but I really like the look when the legs are just a bit angled. The only change you have to make is to cut the legs at 10-degree angles at the top and bottom (parallel cuts). I used 1″ x 12″ boards for the top (because they’re so much easier to work with than 2″ boards) and built a border around it to make them look thicker, just like I did for this table. Here is the top, connected with a Kreg Jig.
I used 4x4s for the legs (cut at 10 degrees) and 2x4s for the trestle piece and the pieces connecting the legs. You can also see the 1×2 added underneath the top to make it look thicker.
For the bench, I used a 2″ x 12″ board for the top and 4x4s for the legs. If I were to build it again, I might use 2x4s for the legs…the 4x4s looked a little too chunky for the bench. Or I’d keep the 4×4 legs and make the bench wider.
There were places on the tabletop where one board was popping up higher than the one next to it, so I added these little boards of scrap wood perpendicular to the table boards, which pulled the boards level.
I use a Rigid Orbital sander for sanding. It was expensive, but has lasted over a decade so far.
To stain the boards, I started with Minwax wood conditioner so my stain would not end up all splotchy.
Then, 2 coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. I apply this stain using an old t-shirt cut into pieces, or an old shop rag if I have one. Make sure to wear gloves, it gets messy!
Last, protect your work with 2 coats of finishing wax (I use Minwax). I also use a rag or t-shirt for this. It’s so easy to apply, you really can’t mess it up.
This is another project that I did years ago before I had even thought of starting a blog, so the pictures are not great, but here’s the final product…
I built the blue table with the scrap wood from this and one other project. Once you learn how to use a Kreg Jig , you really can just start creating your own furniture. I sold the table and bench for $300 (probably could have got $400, but when the nice lady from Craigslist asked if I’d take $300 I said yes and she was so happy that I didn’t mind selling for less). I’m sharing this with you to give you an idea of what you can make if you decide to build and sell. I’ve seen people advertise on Craigslist, saying they’ll make a table and 2 benches the color of your choice for $500.
So if you’re making one to sell, I’d recommend building 2 benches because you can sell for a much higher price (depends on the economy in your area, but I’d list it for $450-500).
The $300 I made on this more than paid for the Kreg Jig, lumber and all the screws, stain, etc. Even if you’re a total beginner, they make it simple because they include a CD that teaches you how to use the Kreg Jig…it’s pretty simple and straightforward. If you’re making it for yourself and not to sell, it’s still much cheaper to build your own table (even including the cost of a Kreg Jig).
Can you tell how much I love the Kreg? It’s my “can’t live without it” tool.
This was the first table I ever built, so I didn’t fully know what I was doing yet. You can see that I attached the legs directly to the tabletop instead of building a frame and supports.
If you want to see step-by-step instructions, I found a table that is really similar to this one at DIYPete.com and he has lots of great pictures.
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