Build Your Own Dining Room Table

How we built a DIY Dining Room Table from Free Plans online.  It was easy.  You should try it!  

Our family has had the same small little dining room table that converts from round to oval for several years.  It came with 4 chairs, so as our family grew, we added chairs and squeezed around it.  When baby number 6 announced his upcoming arrival, we decided it was time to do something about that!  It was time to make a table!  I had been reading DIY blogs for a while and had stumbled upon Ana White’s blog where she gave plans for building furniture and made it look super easy.  I had my eye on the Farmhouse Table and finally decided it was THE ONE for our family!  It stretches 8 feet long and we could easily get 10-12 people around it if we needed to.

We started with the legs:

Then we attached the 2 sets of legs with a stretcher….but I didn’t get a picture of that.
After that, we built the apron and put in the 2×2 supports.
Yes, Mr. Sidetracked kept taking over, but he was doing an amazing job!  :)   You can see my 2 sisters in the background working on their own woodworking projects.
After getting the table supports in, it was time to put the breadboard ends and the tabletop pieces on.
Once the tabletop pieces were on, we were thrilled with our first ever building project!  We had used our saws many times before in home restoration projects, but never to build ourselves a piece of furniture.
Lastly, we used some wood putty to fill in any holes we didn’t want, sanded, stained it using Minwax Early American stain and put on a clear coat.  Our final project looked like this:

Once we got the table into the house, we really loved having all that room to be able to sit around AND put our food on there.  The kids thought it was great fun to slide the ketchup bottle from one end to the other.  They also thought it was great fun to yell “Hello down there!” while sitting on opposite ends of the table.  LOL

If you’ve never tried building yourself a piece of furniture, you should consider it.  It’s not as hard as you may think!

These pictures were taken while still in the workshop.

 

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  1. says

    Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. :) You'd be amazed at how fast this table can come together and it's so wonderful to have such a large space to eat together on!! I hope you give it a try!

  2. Anonymous says

    LOVE THIS! We have 5 kids, two of which are still in high chairs. We are going to need a big table like this soon. My husband is extremely handy, but he has never made a piece of furniture. I'm sure he could make this. Would you mind telling me what you think this cost to build? Warmly,Nancycnsom@msn.com

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