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How to Create a Simple, Inexpensive DIY Table

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A table is almost always the centerpiece of a room - a gathering place for work and play. Create a simple, easy-to-complete DIY table project in a weekend.
The table is often the centerpiece of a room, creating a space around which people can gather for both work and play. But finding the right table for a space at the right price can be a challenge, so we've created a simple step-by-step guide for a fantastic DIY piece that will look great in any room.
For this project, you'll need four lengths of wood tailored to however large you want the final table to be. You'll be using three uncut to make the top of the table, while the fourth will be cut into three pieces to make the underlying supports.
Once you have the wood cut (most hardware stores will do this on the spot for you), it's time to stain the wood. A few coats of any household stain will do; it's simply a matter of color preference.
Next, screw the table together using screws that penetrate roughly halfway into the table surface. For an extra-sturdy surface, place a little wood glue in between the top pieces and the underneath supports.
Once the tabletop is assembled, it's time to select your legs. For this project, we used some great vintage-style metal legs, but the beauty of this project is you can use whatever suits your personal design style!
Here's another view of the finished piece.
In the end, this is a great project you can finish easily over a weekend. By tailoring the stain and legs to your choosing, you can create a truly custom option that will look great in your own space, no matter what your personal style.
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Great for indoors or outdoors! These legs are made of steel, so they are strong enough to hold up the top. Our table top is very heavy, but a lighter wood may be more convenient.

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hope Williams
    Hope Williams Young Harris, GA
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Very cool!

    • ForRent.com
      ForRent.com Norfolk, VA
      on Dec 2, 2015

      @Hope Williams Thank you Hope! We did it in one weekend! And it's holding up very well! It's been a few months. Very sturdy!

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Thank you for adding the instructions. And what a great result!

  • DORLIS
    DORLIS Silex, MO
    on Dec 2, 2015

    I WOULD NEED WOODEN LEGS TO MAKE IT MORE STABLE. I HAVE 4 CATS AND AFTER THE HOLIDAYS IT WOULD BECOME A SITTING PLACE BY THE WINDOWS AND A RACEWAY.

    • UpState
      UpState Poughkeepsie, NY
      on Dec 2, 2015

      @DORLIS Building small wooden stairs for the cats would also be a great idea ! Cat food and cat box up and 'out-of-the-way' would be excellent ! They would love big towels or old blankets to sleep comfortably on top, too !

  • Hunter Hampton
    Hunter Hampton Wildwood, FL
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Just once Hometalk, I wish you would show a full photo of a completed project instead of little close ups of sections.

  • Jacquelin Kettle
    Jacquelin Kettle Seneca Falls, NY
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Great idea. I've been searching for a picnic table and this would be perfect. My husband and sons could have it done in a weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

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