Banquet Table Makeover

Alicia W
by Alicia W
16 Materials
5 Hours

Give that ugly, old banquet table a new lease on life by adding a new table top.

Begin by measuring your table. My table measured 5' x 30"; however, I purchased 3 pieces of pine that measured 1" x 12" x 6' for the top, so I would have an overhang of 6" on each end and 3" on each side. I also purchased 3 pieces of 1" x 3" x 8" for the edges.

Using a miter saw, cut the 3" edge pieces of the table.

Apply wood glue to the edges of the 12" boards. Making sure the ends of the boards are align, clamp them together and allow glue to dry for two hours.

Using a tape measure, mark where the pilot holes need to be drilled on the 3" edge boards. I marked 4" from each end, then every 10". Using those marks, drill pilot holes and countersink holes for the screws you will be using to attached the 3" edge boards to the 12" top boards.

Attach the 3" edge boards to the 12" top boards using screws, countersinking the screws.

Fill the screw holes with wood filler.

After the wood filler has dried, sand the table using medium grade sandpaper.

Using a damp cloth, wipe the entire table to remove any dust.

Chose your finish - either paint or stain. I used Red Oak stain.

Using a dry cloth, remove any excess stain. Allow the stain to dry at least 1 hour. Finish with a clear coat of sealer. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Your new table is ready to use!

To permanently affix the new table top to the original banquet table, apply Liquid Nails to the original top and place the new top onto the original. For added support, screw the top in place.

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  • Aulett Raimondo Aulett Raimondo on Dec 16, 2020

    How made dinner table with old door

  • Liz Liz on Dec 19, 2021

    I really love this idea. How much did this project cost to do for the wood? I would have been scared to do this on your floor and the beautiful dining room with the mess and dust. I love this!

  • Millie Millie on Dec 19, 2021

    I love the look of the table but do not like the legs. Any ideas how to change the legs and make it look more permanently?

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  • Joel Vanini Joel Vanini on Dec 19, 2021

    I thought the idea was to put it away too

    • Lolly Lolly on Dec 20, 2021

      we made the top to just sit on the existing table, then take the table top off when ready to store. Made it bigger too. Ends up being 2 separate pieces.

  • Danny Hellyar Danny Hellyar on Dec 26, 2021

    This is all fine and ok for a temporary table but the application of the edges across the grain on the table top ends violates the basic principles of wood movement and will result in the top cracking when it moves with changes in humidity from season to season. Gluing the real wood top to the plywood base also violates those same principles and will result in the top cracking as nothing can stop wood movement. There are proper ways to to execute these fastening tasks that won’t result in the top cracking . Simply do an internet search on basic wood movement and ways to mount a real wood top to a base.