I love to fill up a person’s belly until they are beyond full…and then heap a dessert on top.
A large dining room table, with the ability to sit twelve, was a dream of mine.
And Biceps and I made it a reality-a beautiful, unique and inexpensive reality.
Using recycled barn wood from Bicep’s century farm, we made the indestructible table for about $50.
If you don’t have access to barn wood, don’t worry. I’ll tell you how to make this with dimensional lumber you can buy from Lowe’s.
What you’ll need to make your own dining room table:
Drill with a 1/2” wood drill bit and a phillips drill bi
(16) 5” carriage bolts, 1/2” thick with matching nuts
A box of 4” wood screws
Belt Sander with 80 & 40 grit sand paper
(4)Mailbox Post Holders (found at Lowe’s)
Socket Set & Hammer
Primer & High Gloss White Paint
Paint Rollers, brush
No barn wood? No problem!
Here’s what you’ll need:
(6) vertical table top pieces:1 1/2” thick, 8’ long, 8” wide.
(2) horizontal bottom pieces: 2 1/2” thick, 8” wide and 4 feet
(4) 4”x 4”Mailbox Posts (for the legs)
With the top side of your table facing up, trace the holes that will attach your mailbox post holder (legs) to your table top on each corner of the table.
(Note, you will be attaching the mailbox post holder underneath the wood you are seeing presently.)
A standard table top height is 30”. The thickness of my vertical table top pieces plus the horizontal bottom pieces was 4 1/2” thick. I cut my four posts to 25 1/2’ tall to make the table at the normal 30” height.
Screw in the rest of your vertical table top pieces to your bottom horizontal pieces with your 4” wood screws. I used about (6) wood screws per piece on each end.
Once all of your top pieces are attached to the bottom pieces, grab a friend, offer them a cold beverage and then con them into helping you flip the table over.
Using a 40 grit sandpaper and your belt sander, sand the puddin’ out of your table.
Upgrade to an 80 grit for a nice smooth finish if you like. I wanted my table to be pretty rustic, so I stopped after the 40 grit.
But trust me, the backache is worth it. You can sit twelve people around this table, have your entire meal in the middle of it and still have room to dance on top.
Not that this scenario has ever happened before. But if it did, the table wouldn’t mind.
It’s just that awesome.