Remember my Husband-Made Kitchen Table?
At long last, we finally have some instructions on how to create one yourself! Unlike the Barn Door Track, this project could probably be finished by a beginner, or at least someone who has used these tools on smaller projects a time or two.
The base of the table was inspired by this tutorial on The Art Of Manliness, but we modified it to give us enough space to seat one person at each end of the table. We also opted not to paint the bolts because we liked the look of the exposed hardware.
Tools and materials for the table base:
Drill, 3/8″ drill bit and 1/4″ drill bit
(8) 3/8 x 6 lag screws
(8) 3/8 x 3 lag screws
(16) 3/8 washers
1 box 1 1/4″ wood screws
(3) 4″ x 4″ x 8′ solid wood pieces
(3) 2″ x 4″ x 8′ solid wood pieces
The diagram below will give you a visual of how to cut the wood and put it all together (click on it to see it larger). For more specific instructions on how to piece the base together and cut the notches, please refer to the original tutorial on The Art of Manliness.
*Note- To prevent splitting your 2x4s when attaching the legs to the top of the base, drill a 3/8″ pilot hole through the 4×4. Hold the 2×4 flush against the 4×4, then use a 1/4″ drill bit, and drill through the 3/8″ pilot hole to create a smaller 1/4″ pilot hole with a 2.5″ depth for the 2x4s.
The top of the table is made from leftover hardwood flooring pieces (from the floor we installed last year).
Click through if you’re on my homepage to see the 2nd half of the tutorial.