How to build a wood table with an X base.

It’s Monday! If you love breakfast as much as I do, you will love our newest wood table build.

When I say newest build, I mean the most recent thing we have built before we started our l o n g kitchen project.  Read about our latest kitchen updates, here. (Be sure to follow greywoodmama on Instagram for behind the scenes updates!)

A breakfast table.  Yep, it’s only for breakfast. Kidding, it gets used for everything. I’m still calling it a breakfast table, tough.

chair

A while back, we needed something to fill the space of our breakfast nook in the kitchen, so we built an island that two people could sit at.  It was perfect for eating/serving food and the perfect ‘catch all’ spot for mail, computers, etc. You know what i’m talking about, we all have one.

To see a glimpse of this island, see my post on our kitchen renovation update, here.

Once we decided to renovate our kitchen and get two large dogs, I knew the kitchen island was just too big for the space and we needed something smaller. Did somebody say breakfast table?  Yep, I did.

I often have ‘I want to build this today and have it done tomorrow’ moments.  This was one of them.  Thankfully we had plenty of scrap wood and we didn’t need to make a trip to Menards.

Let’s get to it, here’s what you will need:

5 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 4×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
A mixture of boards for the tabletop (same height)
1 1/4” and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws
4” or longer lag screws
2” or longer wood screws
Kreg Jig
Wood Glue
Biscuit cutter and biscuits
Stain
Polycrylic finish

BASE OF THE TABLE

ONE

Create two X’s out of the 1×4’s (one for the top and one for the bottom).  Attach the 1×4’s together using a Kreg Jig.

(Side note: The Kreg Jig was one of our best purchases, as it has been an extremely useful and helpful tool!)

1×4 cuts:

Top 

img_3919

Bottom 

fullsizerender-9

TWO

Cut a 4×4 to height (we did 22 inches) and screw your X’s to the 4×4 (smaller on top, larger on bottom).

x-bracing_drawing

breakfast-table-start

It will be a little bit wobbly at this point – don’t worry there is more support on the way!

THREE

Add the 4×4 X bracing on the top and bottom of the center 4×4 post/board.

The blue represents the 1×4 X’s.  The orange are the 4×4 X bracings.  They are all 11.5 inches and cut on an angle to fit. We decided to leave a 5 inch gap between the top X’s and the bottom X’s on the middle post.  Also, there is about 1 inch of blue board showing from the 1×4 X bracings.

Yes, I know my drawing isn’t to scale, but it gets the job done!

img_3921

We used 2 inch screws and wood glue to attach the orange to the blue.

x-bracing-2_with-numbers

Don’t mind the table top, we aren’t to that yet.  This will give you an idea of the 4 x 4 X bracing placement.

FOUR

For the bottom part of the base, cut your remaining 4×4’s to the appropriate length and attach them to the 1×4 X base.

The green represents the 4×4’s on the bottom.  The bottom length of the 4×4 is 11.25 inches long.  The top of the 4×4 matches up with the continuous blue board (1×4 bottom X).

fullsizerender-12

FIVE

Cut 4 small pieces (1 x 4s) and attach them to the bottom, as feet for the table. This will help with the stability. Glue or nail these in place.

Each piece was 5 inches long.

breakfast-table-feet

TABLE TOP

ONE

Glue together your mixture of boards for the tabletop using the biscuit cutter and biscuits. Once this is dry, trace a perfect circle.

Blog fail, I didn’t take any pictures of this.  

TWO

Use a jig saw to cut out your circle, then sand the ends to make it smooth.  

(Bryn put together a jig to attach the router and make a perfect circle.)

Google ‘how to make a circle jig’ if you’re curious about how to do that.

router

img_2704

THREE

Screw the table top to the base on the underside using 2-3 inch screws.

FINAL STAGES

ONE

Fill all holes with wood filler.  We used a mixture of sawdust and wood glue. Let it dry.

TWO

Give the table one last sanding.

Stain the table.

Once it’s dry, give the table multiple coats of poly, sanding in between coats.

stain

Please excuse the mess. When it’s not freezing outside, our garage becomes our workshop. (Sorry neighbors!)

chair

dsc_0797

dsc_0799

finished

Oh, and those curtains. I am still loving my super simple no sew drop cloth curtains.

One last thing.

I had a few helpers.  And they wanted to be in the photos too.

nash

dsc_0804

n-and-r-insta-2

I love it. Especially with the pups in the photo.  I mean, how could you not want to build one of these lovely tables now?

Once the kitchen is complete, I will share a picture of it in it’s new home. Until then, keep following me on Instagram, greywoodmama, for the latest updates.

If you like it, put a PIN on it!

wood-table-with-x-base_pinlogo

You may also like:

how-to-build-a-small-frame_pin     Floating Shelves_PIN   how-to-make-christmas-tree-trunk-coasters_pin2

 

 

One thought on “How to build a wood table with an X base.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s