As you all know by now, after 3 years of living in our house we finally decided to tackle the dining room. About a month ago I shared our new dining room chairs and now it is finally time to reveal our new table. A couple of points about our table before we jump into the nitty-gritty:
- We have a square room so we decided on a square table. Those aren’t easy to find so we decided to build our own.
- We wanted a reclaimed rustic look so we decided to use all reclaimed material. The only things we bought was a sheet of plywood and poplar 1x3s to frame the outside of the table.
- My hubby did all the work which means I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I should have. Therefore this is more of an outline than a full tutorial.
The base of the table is made out of mild steel that we got from a friends who had extras sitting around at work. The whole thing is welded together. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because if you know how to weld than this pretty easy and if you don’t know how to weld then this is probably not the project to start with.
The metal was covered in a red anti-corrosive finish that we had to grind off, but hey it was all free.
The Table Top
The table top is made of of a sheet of ply wood, pallet wood, and poplar 1x3s. The design was inspired by this table we found on pinterest.
To start with my hubby nailed the cross pieces of the pattern into the plywood with a pneumatic nail gun.
Here’s a close-up of how the middle looks.
From there he just started cutting and filling in the pieces of each triangle. He was working with 3 different types of wood so he played with alternating them as well within the pattern.
The down side to using reclaimed wood in different species is that the thickness was not cohesive as you can see below. We used a planer to get the top flatter then a lot of sanding to get it smooth and splinter free.
And here is what the top looked like post-sanding. None of the pallet wood was long enough to finish the edges of the 5 foot table so we bought poplar 1x3s to give the edges a seamless look.
We were afraid that polyurethane would cause the wood to yellow, so we finished it off with two coats of wax instead. The hand buffed finish is beautiful, but I’ll have to update you later on how it holds up.
We are absolutely thrilled with how it all came together!
And check out this amazing chandelier we scored off Amazon. It really brought the whole room together.
I almost forgot that this room was once red with carpet in it. The dining room is not completely done. We still need more chairs and art as well as a custom built-in buffet that we’ve been dreaming of, but stage 1 is now finished. We finally have a completely functional dining space that we can entertain in.