When your current dining table doesn't fit into your dining room and doesn't fit all 7 members of your family around it, it's time to make a change. The problem was that we loved that table and didn't want to get a new one, so instead we redid the table to make it fit our room better and fit everyone around it! We didn't want just the normal stained table top, so instead we burned the wood to get it an unique look and finish. And now we love our table and the room is functioning again!
Here is our kitchen and dining table before. I loved this table, it's counter height and the squareness is just awesome. But the problem was it was too wide for our dining room, so we decided to make a long rectangular table instead. We used the legs and frame of the table and just took off the top of it.
The first thing we did was cut some pine wood planks to size. We had them be 7 feet long. Then we screwed 6 of them together to make the table top. Using a power screw jig and a clamp, we drills holes into the wood and then screwed them together.
We put two planks together at a time and put in several pocket screws to keep them together.
Then we started to put all the planks together. We did that the same way, with pocket screws until all 6 planks were screwed together. And then after that, we screwed some 1x3 pieces of wood onto the bottom on wood, so give it more support and to keep it more together.
After the top was completely make, we used a router and routed the edges.
Then using a blow torch, we burned the wood. Make sure to go with the grain of the wood when you are using the blow torch.
After wood was burned, we turned it upside down again and then put on the sides of the table that connect the legs (we used the ones from the old table but made it fit the new table). Then we put on the legs.
Now time to protect the wood. We used a pre stain on the wood and then after that we put on 3 coats on clear polyurethane, sanding it gently between each coat.
And that's it for the table! We absolutely love it now! For more detailed tutorial, check out my post.
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