Glenna Freeman Dining Table November 16th, 2018 - 04:38:55
Make dining table. Let's take a look at how we got this project started, I'm going to break the explanation of this table down into two parts: first, we'll look at the base and how that's constructed and afterward we'll look at the top of the table so for the base. Really we just have three types of lumber here we have four by sixes that make up the majority of the base of the table. We also have a four by four running the length of it and then up top, we've got two by fours. Those are holding the top together to hold the whole piece nice and strong, The first thing I'm going to do is use. My miter saw to make all of the cuts on the cut list, starting with the four by six pieces and then I'll move on to the four by four and the two by fours. Once I had all the pieces cut, I went ahead and laid them out on the floor in just the same shape that they would be once the legs were assembled. I then took a speed square and marked my two-inch corners that I was going to cut off the ends of the top and the bottom piece of each foot. With my cuts marked, I took those back to the miter, saw and cut them off, so those cuts take care of all of the main pieces for the feet, and next up is just the little triangles that we're going to put on either side of both feet. To do those I just took them to the miter saw as well made my marks and chopped them out now.
This next step is optional, but in the Pottery Barn version of the table, there is actually a cutout of about a half-inch running the majority of the length of each foot. To make this, I just took my speed square and mark the half-inch line, got my measurements from either end and then use my bandsaw to cut this out now a lot of people don't have a bandsaw and that's totally fine. You can actually try doing this with an extended length, blade, and a jigsaw. It's a little bit trickier to get a nice square cut with that, but it can definitely do the job and keep in mind. This piece is also completely optional. If you want to just leave that piece in that's okay, too, and once that was done, I was ready to apply the texture, so you can see on the base of the table here. I've got this kind of cool rugged texture going on on the whole base of the table. The technique I tried that I was most excited about was using a reciprocating saw or a Sawzall, where you run it along the length of the wood, and it gives it this nice rough sawn kind of look. I tried that, and maybe my blades just weren't beat up enough, but it really just didn't come out all that great. So I thought maybe I could assimilate that same concept by using the bandsaw.
The blade on my bandsaw is probably a little bit older, so I tried running all of the pieces backward through the bandsaw and I loved it. It came out actually really awesome, gives this really cool look and then when you stain it and finish it boy, it totally pops. So if you have access to a bandsaw at all, if you know someone who has one and can use one even just for a little bit, this is a fantastic way to give this really cool texture to the wood all along the base. Next up for the base assembly, so for the assembly, we're going to use six inch, wood, bolts, pocket hole, screws and three-inch wood screws for the six-inch lag bolts. I put four of them on the top and bottom of each of the two main posts and then two on either side of the middle piece. Once that middle piece was in place. I put my triangles in and drove two in through the bottom of each of those next up, whether the pocket hole screws and I applied three to each of the two by fours on either side of the table. And lastly, the three-inch wood screws are what I use to hold on that 4x4 running across the bottom. Now I made sure not to just drive these six-inch lag bolts in because I didn't want to split the wood and mark the location of each of them. And then I use a one-inch Forstner bit to drive about a half inch down and that's where the head would sit and be completely concealed.
Then I used a quarter inch drill bit to pre-drill the lengths of each of the lag bolts. That way, the threads did all the work and there was no chance of splitting it. I had my favorite Sun out in the garage helping me out. We use the impact driver to drive all these down and one thing I would have done differently had I done this again is. I would use some washers on these, so put some good sized washers around the outside, and that way you can drive the heads of the bolts right down to the walker now. One step I almost forgot to cover is that, in order to run that 4x4 piece across both feet and have it sit flush inside there, you'll actually want to use a band saw or another saw to remove about half the thickness of the wood and make it So that the two of them sit inside one another and you can check out my plans to see some detailed instructions on how that works.