Build a Minimalist Narrow Entryway Table for Your Home

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I had been looking for the right entryway table for my narrow hallway, but hadn’t been able to find the perfect fit. I instead decided to make one myself. Using steel and stringy bark wood I created the perfect DIY entryway table for my space. I didn’t need it to provide any storage, and as a result it turned out quite simple and minimalist. The combination of wood and steel lends a modern feel and sets the tone for my home the minute a guest enters. Scroll down and I’ll walk you through how I did it.

Tools and Materials

  • Lumber (I used stringy bark for my table)
  • Biscuit joiners
  • Biscuits
  • Square steel bars
  • Round steel bars
  • Speed square
  • Wood glue
  • Clamp
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Jointer
  • Angle grinder
  • Welding torch
  • Welder’s gloves
  • Metal file
  • Screws
  • Drill and impact driver
  • Steel wool
  • Sealant
  • Small paint roller
  • White spray paint

Join the Wood

Join the Wood


The first thing I did was join the wood. It’s important to do this to make sure that all of the edges are straight and won’t cause any gaps when I connect them to each other to form the table top.

Create the Table Top

Mark the Wood for the Biscuits


I used a speed square to mark where I wanted to connect the pieces of wood to each other to form the table top. 

Cut Biscuit Holes

Then I cut holes using a biscuit joiner. Biscuits are a great way to get a seamless join between two pieces of wood. 

Glue

I added a line of wood glue along the side of each plank, making sure to get quite a bit in the hole I had made for the biscuit as well. 

Insert Biscuits

Then I inserted the biscuits and connected the planks. 

Clamp Together

I clamped them together to dry, and wiped off any excess glue that had pooled on the table top.

Sand

Sand


I ran the table top through the drum sander a few times. Remember: slow and steady is the way to go when it comes to using a drum sander. You can always sand more, but you can’t add back on to a piece that you sanded too much.

Cut to Size

Cut to Size


Using a table saw I cut the long sides of the table to the width that I wanted.

Cut the Ends

Then I used a circular saw to cut the shorter ends of the table. 

Create the Frame for the Legs

Create the Frame for the Legs


Because I wanted the table to stand on relatively thin legs, I needed to reinforce the table top. For this I used square steel bar. First I cut the end at a 45 degree angle with an angle grinder. As always, when working with metal make sure to use all of the proper protective gear. 

Create a 90 Degree Angle

Now I’ll show you a neat trick to create a 90 degree angle in your bar. I made a cut in the bar at a 45 degree angle. Then I made another cut at the same angle in the opposite direction. With these two cuts made, I could easily fold the bar onto itself, creating the perfect 90 degree angle.

Cutting Steel


Cut the End

Then I cut a short end, once again with a 45 degree angle. 

Weld

I created another piece identical to the first one and welded them together. 

Weld the Corner


Smooth with an Angle Grinder

Using an angle grinder I smoothed over the joints where I had just welded the pieces together. Don’t worry about the color coming off while filing as I’ll be painting it in a few minutes anyways. 

File

Then I filed them by hand to get a more precise corner on the square bar.

Drill Holes

Finally I drilled holes that would later be used to connect the frame to the legs and to the table top.

Create the Legs

Create the Legs


Using a metal bender I created a hard bend in my round steel bar. I created four identical pieces to create the table legs.

Create an X

Then I welded the short ends of the bars together in an X. 

Connect the Legs to the Support

Cut Off Excess


I cut the excess off the top of the bars and slipped the metal support I had made in step six onto them.  

Connect the Legs to the Support

I welded them in place and filed where needed. 

Smooth Out the Legs

Smooth Out the Legs


Using an angle grinder and a metal file I smoothed out the joint where the legs met at the bottom of the table. I wanted this part to be as smooth as possible so I spent quite a while making it look like it was all one piece to begin with.

Hand File
Metal Table Legs


Paint the Legs

Paint the Legs


With everything welded and filed to my liking, I was ready to paint the legs. I used white spray paint and got a good coating all over the legs, including the frame at the top that would be connected to the wooden table top. 

Sand and Plane the Table Top

Sand the Table Top


Now that the legs were done, I could go back to finish off the table top. I sanded the entire surface and made sure to get as smooth an edge as possible as well. I started with an electric sander, and then continued working with a handheld sander until I was happy with the final product. 

Plane

I also planed the edges and gave them one last sand to make sure that they were as straight as possible. 

Sand Again


Seal

Seal


I loved the look of the stringy bark so I chose not to stain the table top and only to seal it. I got a nice, even coat of sealant by using a small roller brush. When using a roller brush, make sure to pick up as little product as possible, and to roll off any excess on the paint tray before started to roll it onto the table. 

Assemble the Table

Assemble the Table


I flipped the table top on it’s back, laid the frame and legs on top of it, and screwed them together. I love how the white looks against the color of this wood.

Put on the Finishing Touches

DIY Entryway Table


With everything assembled, I gave the table top a light sanding using steel wool and then sealed it one last time. Really make sure to use as light a coat of sealant as possible, you want it to look like there’s nothing there.

Seal Again

DIY Narrow Entryway Table


Narrow Entryway Table

I love the simplicity of this hall table. It’s the perfect piece for a modern, minimalist home, and provides a beautiful backdrop for your knick knacks. Have you worked with mixed materials before? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 questions
  • Angie Weisheit
    on May 10, 2020

    That turned out really nice! But most of us just have the basics when it comes to power tools, like the circular saw and the drill. Do you know of any other ways/techniques one could use to get the same results or close to? Thanks!

    • Leslie
      on May 16, 2020

      Hi Angie you may have to improvise but you can make the stand with wood if you (as many of us don't ) do not have the tools or knowledge to weld and braise. It may not come out looking quite the same but you can get a similar look with rods and or dowels and narrow pieces of wood.

  • Jill Carpenter
    on May 16, 2020

    What kind of sealant did you use?

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  • Elizabeth
    on Jun 25, 2020

    I love it! Like the others I do not have tools, but if you want to make me one. LOL

    Great job!

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