We recently relocated to a new city and had a furniture shortage. Unfortunately most of my tools are still living 500 miles away, so I have to make due with with my basic power tool set. Though I wanted to construct a home theater, Cerise wanted a dining table. A quick trip to Home Depot (there’s no Lowes around these parts) and a Saturday afternoon of work later, and we have a new knotty pine dining table.
- Knotty Pine
- 6X 1″x5″x6′ Knotty Pine
- 4X 1″x2″x6′ Knotty Pine
- Wood Stain
- Wood Screws
- Circular Saw
- Power Drill
- Drill Bits
Before making any cuts, first decide on the dimensions of the table. The first dimension of the table that was decided is the width. One of the 1″x2″ planks will be used to create 2 cross supports. This was measured to be the width of 6 of the 1″x5″ planks which is not exactly 30″.
Lay the 6 top planks out. Assuming the cross plants are cute square, use them to align with the edges of the top planks. The left right alignment in the image below is not important, as the dimensions are being measured from the center. When the planks are all square, fix the cross supports to the top planks using wood screws. It is important that the screws are shorter than the table is thick so that they do not break through. Standing on or clamping the boards together will help prevent movement while the planks are being screwed together.
This table will be 5 feet long, so next the ends will need to be cut. First, measure the offset of the saw blade from the edge of the shoe/plate. Once the offset is known, clamp a straight piece of scrap wood to the table so that a square cut can be made at the proper dimension. Remember to always wear eye protection and proper footwear when operating power tools.
Next, a border/frame/skirt is needed for the knotty pine dining table. Cut 2 1″x2″ planks to be the same width as the table. These will go on the end faces. For the side faces, planks are needed to be the length of the table plus double the thickness of the end boarder planks. When all the planks are cut lay the table top face down on a flat surface and align the border pieces along it. This will keep the border pieces flush with the table top. Screw the boarder pieces to the table top and one another.
If the table top is as flat as desired, a belt sander woks perfectly for leveling and smoothing the top surface.
Now that the table top is finished it needs to be brought into the dining room to make sure it has a proper fit.
The next step would be to create a base or legs for the knotty pine dining table, but we had other plans. Using a scrap piece of wood, test different stains and combinations of stains until the desired color is found.
Apply the stain to the table top using a rag or foam brush. Wipe away access stain, and let sit for the time indicated on the stain packaging. Reapply stain until the desired darkness is obtained.
Let the stain dry over night in the garage or well ventilated space. Instead of legs we made our table floating, and sit on pillows on the ground. We get complements on it all the time so people are either being nice or they actually like it. Either way we are happy and lazy.