Kitchen table

  • Advertise with us
Project by herbr posted 01-24-2010 03:43 PM 1643 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table as a gift for my daughter. The table top was made from 1”x6”x6’ aspen planks. I glued the planks together using the jig pictured. I used pipe flanges screwed into the back wall of my work bench to hold the pipe clamps. I then took some pieces made from 2- 2×4`s,drilled both ends and put together with 3/8 threaded rod and tightened with washers and nuts to keep the planks matched up with each other. I used a total of four sets of clamps and pressing 2×4 `s spaced about a foot apart. I then ripped some 2×4 `s into pieces 1 1/2”x1 1/2” To make the braces for the bottom and to hold the edging. I screwed these to the bottom using oversize holes and two washeres on the screws to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood. To make the legs removable I used two 2×4 braces ripped to 1 1/2×1 1/2 with aspen pieces 1×4”x4” with three holes drilled in and through one side and just deep enough to use1/4” threaded inserts on the other.These braces were installed by drilling oversized screw holes and using two washers to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood also. The legs were made from 1”x4” aspen long enough to make the table the required height (usually about 30”) Three oversized holes were then drilled in the top of the legs to match the holes drilled in the braces. The feet were made from two pieces of I”x3”x24” aspen clamped together with the pattern cut on my scrool saw. I then cut a centered cut 3/8” deep x4”wide with a dado on my table saw. into each side of the foot I then clamped and glued these pieces together on the legs. The table side pieces were made from 1” aspen ripped 3 1/2”wide and mitered on the ends. They were clamped and glued to the braces on the bottom of the table. The cross brace was made from 1”x4” aspen cut to fit between the legs. Centered oversize holes were drilled in the legs so that the brace ended up between 13” high and 17” high when installed. Holes were drilled in the brace to match those in the legs deep enough to hold 1/4 inch threaded inserts.1/4 inch brass bolts 2” long were used to hold the legs and crossbrace. The project was finished with 5 coats of minwax helmsman spar urethane clear gloss.

-- Spread love with our work

3 comments so far

View Chelios's profile


568 posts in 3577 days

#1 posted 01-24-2010 05:52 PM


I like your table and I thought that it was very smart the way you went about building it. I have only made a couple of tables to this date and I learned the hard way some of the things which you have already mastered and put some really creative solutions into play..congrats


View a1Jim's profile


117722 posts in 4088 days

#2 posted 01-24-2010 06:54 PM

Good table looks really nice a great gift

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 4184 days

#3 posted 01-25-2010 06:08 AM

Nice table.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics