Wood Banquet Table

6 Materials
$200
4 Hours
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A few months back my husband and I went to a wedding and they had the most beautiful wood banquet tables for the guests to sit at. I decided to draw up a plan and build one myself (and save A LOT of money we’d have to spend to find one already made)

We started by cutting out the base/frame with 2x4.

2 cut to 65”

2 cut to 29”

3 cut to 27”

We then cut the legs to 29” using 4x4.

Using metal brackets, we attached the legs to the 2x4 frames.

We then added 3 braces in the middle of the frame to help with stability.

Once we finished with the frame, we cut 1x6 boards to run accessed the top of the table cut to 3’. We placed one on each end of the table top, then added the 1x6 wood to frame around the outside making sure the outside wood was level with the boards on top.

outside frame measurements

2 cut to 6’

2 cut to 38”

We then cut and finished the rest of the table top. Using 2 screws on each end of the boards.

Checked to make sure the table was sturdy and level.

I brushed on one coat of minwax stain in provincial. (I did this inside, but had doors and windows open and fans on). If you can, I would recommend staining outdoors unless your indoor area is well ventilated.

After the stain had dried for 48 hours, i sealed the table with 5 coats of minwax polycrilic in matte finish.

If you decide to try this project, I highly recommend measuring your wood as you go to be sure it’s cut to the exact size needed. Sometimes wood is warped or has other issues that may lead to a slightly different measurement than the one I provided.

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  • Donna
    Donna
    on Dec 19, 2019

    Did you also make the table runner? If so, can you please provide link to instructions if you have it. Beautiful project!

  • Kcole
    Kcole
    on May 16, 2020

    Do you remember where you got the runner?

    • Nikki | thebuckbungalow
      Nikki | thebuckbungalow
      on May 17, 2020

      I actually made it. I found the tutorial on Pinterest. However, I’ve seen similar patterned ones available on amazon 😊

  • Jessica Murray Dunn
    Jessica Murray Dunn
    on Nov 15, 2020

    I’m wondering why you didn’t use pocket holes to put this table together. Did you think they wouldn’t be strong enough? I’m thinking of making this for thanksgiving and I worry about have face screws on the top boards.

    • Nikki | thebuckbungalow
      Nikki | thebuckbungalow
      on Nov 15, 2020

      I wanted my table to look more rustic, just our style preference. I’m sure you could use pocket holes, or you could bury your screws deep enough so that you could fill them with stainable wood filler. I did that to a screw we put right in the center of the middle board and you can’t see it at all. Hope that helps!

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  • Elliebgood
    Elliebgood
    on Feb 1, 2020

    Great table.

    My father was a home builder and back in his day, he built ground up solid and to last.

    I’m currently living in the family home that he built and every time I tackle the smallest of repairs, I can see and touch his hard work and exceptional attention to detail.

    A table like this would be a great replacement for my current table if I had his talent or Nikki’s.

    If I could say one thing I would do differently is that I would screw 1x1’s around the inner skirt (the 1x6’s going around the top) and nail the table top pieces to it from below.

    I just don’t care for the screw heads being visible, besides, they might catch on sleeves and collect table crud, even with multiple coats of paint, varnish, poly, or whatever used on the surface.

    Just my two cents worth....

    from the daughter of a builder,

    who I miss every day.

    Thanks for letting me comment and brag about my father. 🌹

  • Valerie Burge
    Valerie Burge
    on Nov 12, 2020

    Excellent job!! So awesome you made something that great for only $200. Gotta love DIY!!

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