Make a Table in an Afternoon

| 1/28/2009 4:50:00 PM

Tags: table, pine,

You can build a table quickly and easily. The table in the photo is small, of course, but it could be used for nightstand, a lamp table or (in this case) a table to hold a toy keyboard for my 3-year-old granddaughter. I built this table in less than a day, and that includes time to make a special jig (or sled) for my table saw so that I could taper the legs. I used 1-inch-thick pine boards for the entire table.

small table - pine
   This table is about 30 inches wide, 11 inches deep and 18 inches tall.

How to Make a Table in Eight Steps

1. Determine how tall you want the table to be and cut four legs. If you decide to taper the legs, cut the tapers before cutting the legs the right length.

2. Clamp all the legs together and cut them to length.

3. Cut four boards for the apron (the part that holds the top to the legs). The width isn't too important, but about 2 inches minimum for strength and enough material to work with.

4. Join the legs to the apron boards using pocket screws. I use the simplest, cheapest Kreg pocket screw kit for this. (I balked at paying $20 for this several years ago, but it's a great investment.)

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