We wanted a kitchen table that was simple, neutral and could take a beating from us and the kids, but still develop some character over the years. It's 6 feet long x 3 feet wide, hard maple wood top with iron hairpin legs. I built the top and we purchased 4 hairpin legs. We left knots throughout the wood because we love the character it gives.


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*Doesn't include chairs (+$375)



I purchase our lumber from a local lumberyard and the pieces aren’t cut to any exact dimensions. We knew we wanted the table to be 6 feet long and 3 feet wide so I cut five 6 foot boards at 7-1/4 inches wide. Size variation depending on the length and width you want.
I use a simple hand planer to get things flesh.
The Kreg Jig is still one of my favorite tools. It’s a simple and efficient way to set drill holes whenever you need to join wood. I set the jig up and drilled one hole two inches from each end and then every 6 inches on four of the five pieces.
Lay all the pieces on a flat surface next to each other. I used saw horses and a large sheet of smooth plywood on the bottom to make sure everything was flat. Run a line of wood glue between each board and clamp all the pieces together.
While everything is clamped together and drying, screw the boards together with the joiner holes you drilled earlier.
Remove the clamps. The glue typically takes 30 minutes to set and 24 hours to cure fully, but I sand and stain after an hour or so. Fill any board gaps with wood filler if needed. Start with semi-course sand paper to smooth out any of sharp edges and corners. End with a light sand paper to get a nice smooth finish. Dry wipe clean, apply the stain of your choice (we used Special Walnut), and once it’s set, apply 2 coats of poly with a light sand in-between the first and second coats.
Measure 4 inches from each corner, drill starter holes and screw the legs in.
By gluing the boards and joining them with screws, you’ll get a strong table, but if you’re nervous about the weight, you can always add a couple reinforcement boards underneath going perpendicular to the main boards for extra support.

Have questions or better ways to do things? Let us know in the comments!

Author Ian Schneider

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