Build Your Own Tables

If you want a custom built table, learn how to build your own tables. In one weekend you can construct a kitchen, coffee or bedside table of your own design using this simple building method that includes legs, aprons and the table top. Attach the wooden members with simple brackets and screws and finish with paint or polyurethane.



Learn how to build your own tables. In one weekend you can build a sturdy, useful kitchen table.
Learn how to build your own tables. In one weekend you can build a sturdy, useful kitchen table.
Illustration by Len Churchill
Scribing to level legs.
Scribing to level legs.
Illustration by Len Churchill
Here are four examples of joining the table legs to the apron pieces, plus detail on attaching the legs and top. Click here for an enlarged image.
Here are four examples of joining the table legs to the apron pieces, plus detail on attaching the legs and top. Click here for an enlarged image.
Illustration by Len Churchill
Corner-rounding router: The finish on table top edges and corners always wears out faster than other areas because pressure from wiping and day-to-day use is concentrated there. You’ll enjoy the longest-lasting table finish if you round all sharp edges and corners during construction. Use a router if you like a refined effect.
Corner-rounding router: The finish on table top edges and corners always wears out faster than other areas because pressure from wiping and day-to-day use is concentrated there. You’ll enjoy the longest-lasting table finish if you round all sharp edges and corners during construction. Use a router if you like a refined effect.
Illustration by Len Churchill
rasp
Use a rasp to round the edges of the table if you prefer a handmade look.
LEN CHURCHILL
Coffee, bedside or kitchen tables are easy to build using just legs, aprons and a top. Click the link in the article for an enlarged version of the image.
Coffee, bedside or kitchen tables are easy to build using just legs, aprons and a top. Click the link in the article for an enlarged version of the image.
Illustration by Len Churchill
Z-clip detail.
Z-clip detail.
Illustration by Len Churchill

















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