Kids Table

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Project by thediyplan posted 07-12-2019 12:40 AM 660 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple and easy kids table to make. I wall selling a dining table and the lady that purchased the table asked me to build a small farmhouse style kids table for her 1st grade class. I’ve also built few shelves and benches for her class.

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#1 posted 07-12-2019 02:42 AM

That is a cute table.

The design is likely going to have issues with wood movement on the pseudo breadboard ends.

You might want to consider adding the following suggestions to your plans:
1) Widen the pocket holes as shown here

The pockets on either side of center need to be wider to allow the screws to move as the panel changes width.
2) Don’t glue on the breadboard end on. Just use the screws.

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#2 posted 07-12-2019 06:53 PM

Just leave a small 1/8 to 1/4” gap between boards as on a picnic table, and your problems of movement go away. Made 90% more applicable with BORG lumber.

A good friend, a Father and multi times Grandpa calls kids “Crumb Catchers,” as they have a tide of crumbs that seemingly follow them around. The gaps will not just solve the wood movement issue, but make clean up of the table easy, it all falls to where a push broom can push it away.

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#3 posted 07-12-2019 10:25 PM

Thanks for the advice.

Swirt, when you say, widen the holes 1/4 and 1/8, you mean don’t drill the pocket hole in the center of 2×6, right? So the middle 2×4 hole will be in the center all other are slightly off center. I’m just trying to understand why this will prevent wood movement.


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#4 posted 07-13-2019 03:13 AM

@thediyplan No I mean actually widen the holes…. make them wider with the drill bit. You want the screws to be able to drift side-to-side (but not in and out) as the series of 2×6s expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity. Wood expands and contracts more across the grain that it does with the grain. So the glued up parallel board will expand and contract considerable more than the breadboard end does. EarlS has a pretty good explanation here

Or do as @therealSteveN says and leave some gaps between the 2×6’s so that as they expand or contract width-wise they will not push on each other.

-- Galootish log blog,

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