DIY 2×4 Bajot Table

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Several months ago when I was at Pier One, I saw a very low to the ground wooden table that caught my eye. I imagined using it to elevate a centerpiece on a tablescape, or as a decorative accent on a coffee table. I didn’t buy it because it was a bit pricey.

After doing some research, I learned that the table is known as a bajot table. These tables were used for floor dining or spiritual offerings. I decided to try making one out of 2x4's for a blogging challenge.

I went to our local hardware store and bought a 2×4…it set me back about seven bucks. I had them cut it into five 18 inch pieces.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I have a healthy fear of power tools. If you can relate, I’m your girl! Despite this aversion, I always seem to find a way to make things work.

This Faux Mantel is another project that I made without touching a power tool!

First, I sanded all of the 2×4’s to remove any rough spots.

I laid the 2×4’s down side by side in my desired arrangement. It’s not perfect, but good enough for me 🙂

This wood glue was recommended by the hardware clerk. I don’t plan to put anything very heavy on my table, so I just used glue and skipped the nails.

I put a generous amount of glue on the 2×4’s…

…and stuck them together.

I put glue in the seams where there were gaps.

Then I wiped away the excess glue with a wet rag.

It occurred to me that the 2×4’s would adhere to the piece of wood underneath, so I moved them to the top of an old frame. I let them dry partially, then I lifted the bonded 2×4’s off of the frame. There was some adhesion to the frame underneath, but I was able to get them off pretty easily. Then I let the glue dry for 24 hours.

For feet, I used four wooden craft balls that I found at a tag sale. You can find these at all the major craft stores. I rested the table atop the balls until it was stable on all sides.

Then I marked the placement of the feet underneath with a sharpie.

You can see all of the dried glue underneath. I found that the flat side of the wooden balls worked best on the ground.

I glued the feet to the bottom and waited another 24 hours for the glue to dry.

I painted the feet first. I didn’t bother to paint the bottom of the table as it won’t be visible. It would’ve been tough with all of the dried glue, as well.

Then I painted the edges. I used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Fluff.

And finally the top. I ended up painting three coats to get full coverage. I decided not to distress the paint.

I’m so happy with how it turned out!

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  • Greg Scholl Greg Scholl on Apr 11, 2021

    Interesting, you always take a risk using construction lumber, as it's not dry, and in fact can be quite wet, You show a pressure treated stud, complete with label, and that stuff is usually literally wet to the touch. Furniture and wooden items are made from seasoned or kiln dried wood for stability, and to assure the glues and finishing materials stick to it over the long haul, and also to keep it from warping, twisting, or cracking as it dries...which this will almost certainly do. Also pressure treated wood contains toxic solutions to prevent bugs from chewing it, and to help it from rotting in ground contact use, or exterior exposure to weather. Clearly not needed in a furniture type project, and not recommended for use indoors, as it continues to off gas these compounds as it dries. Interestingly, you then link to Amazon, to a Chinese 2 x 4 stud ....does anyone buy a 2 x 4 from China at Amazon?? Geez I hope not...a better choice would be a 5/4 kiln dried piece of pine, available at any Home's a little thinner at about 1 1/8" vs 1 1/2", but far more stable, sanded smooth, and a better choice because of the drying process...when attaching the feet, you could easily sand another flat spot on the glued side to increase the glue area by putting say, an 80 grit piece of sandpaper on a flat surface and rubbing the ball until you get flat spot about the size of a nickel or quarter, and/or drilling a hole and using a drywall screw to affix it...sorry if this seems like nitpicking, but there are some basic rules that should be followed if one expects their project to last and look a little more professional.....

  • Thanks for your feedback, Greg. For this project, I was taking place in a 2x4 challenge with a group of bloggers. I admit that I wasn't aware of the risks involved in using construction lumber. Fortunately, the wood wasn't wet! The links to Amazon were provided by Hometalk...I purchased my 2x4 at a local hardware store. Next time, I'll take your advice and try a dried piece of pine! My style as a blogger is to create easy projects that anyone can create. I know the project doesn't look professional, but that's ok with me. It still looks cute and serves it's function! It's holding together after almost two years, too. I like your suggestion to sand down the wooden ball feet. That makes a lot of sense! Thanks again for your input :)

    • Shelby🍂 Shelby🍂 on Apr 22, 2021

      I like the simplicity of it and it came out great.

      No disertation here.

      Thank you for sharing your project.