DIY Dining Table with Turned Legs

As many of you know, I am in the process of revamping my dining room. ¬†I had an itch to build a new table, and that led to a whole new room… Story of my life ūüėČ ¬†My hubby tells everyone that there is one thing you can count on at my house… A piece of furniture will not stay in one place very long. ¬†Yep. ¬†That’s how I roll.

Here it is!  Check out my new DIY Dining Table!

dining room

DIY Turned Leg Dining Table by Shanty2Chic

Can we please talk about how much I love this table?  I do.  A lot.

As always, I will walk you guys through the entire build below, and you can download and print the FREE set of printable plans by clicking HERE or the button below! ¬†Thanks so much to our good friend Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting our furniture designs into printable plans for you guys… Makes it much easier than taking the phone out into the shop!

Free Printable Dining Table Plans

This table is so simple to build! ¬†It does require a few tools that you may not have in your stash currently, but I’m about to give you a great excuse to add them. ¬†You’re welcome. ūüôā

I will start with the legs.  Oh those legs.  I worked with one of my favorite companies to design these legs.

Osborne Wood Products

I used knotty pine for my wood choice on these.  I love the wood grain and knots in this wood.  These run right around $48 a leg.  Shipping will vary depending on location.  For my location, I had all 4 legs shipped for $50 making the total around $250 for the legs.  This may scare some of you off, but the price is actually excellent on these.  The price of the legs with the additional wood for this table keeps the cost of lumber for this table at around $300.  A very similar table at a store we all know and love runs around $2200 without shipping.  So, no complaints.

These are the legs I used for the table…

Dining Table Leg

My first step of this build was preparing the 4×4 for the braces along the bottom of the table.

Cutting a 4×4 can be tricky and impossible for some saws. ¬†Most 10″ saws will not be able to make this cut for you. ¬†Ash and I both use Ridgid’s 12″ sliding compound miter saw. ¬†I love my 10″ Ryobi saw to pieces, but this guy… He gets the job done.

You can also have your local hardware store make these cuts in store for you, but I really recommend looking into a 12″ saw if you are looking to build longterm.

Ridgid Miter Saw

¬† After cutting these pieces to size, you will need to make the cuts on each brace. ¬†These run between the legs. ¬†I was so intimidated by these at first. ¬†I wasn’t sure at all how to get a cut out of the 4×4 the way I needed to. ¬†This is the cut from our plans that I am referring to…

4x4 cut

It is actually much simpler than I planned. ¬†I used my circular saw to notch this out. ¬†Mine is Ryobi’s 18V circular saw. ¬†I started by adjusting the blade depth. ¬†You do this by turning the knob on the back and moving the plate to the correct size. ¬†For this cut I set it to 1″.

adjusting depth on circular saw

Next, I drew lines on the piece marking where I would make the cuts.

Building a table

I started in the center and worked my way to the edges making lots of passes. ¬†It’s messy, but worked like a charm!

Ryobi 18V Circular Saw

Making cuts with circular saw

Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw

Now, the 2×4 runner should fit nicely into this notch.

Table Brace

At this point, I cut my boards for the table top and made all of my pocket holes.  I used my Kreg Jig K5

model for this part. ¬†I love every model of Kreg Jig I have used, but this one really is such a great model for nearly every project. ¬†It has so many features making it super easy to use. ¬†I made 1.5″ pocket holes for the table top.

kreg-jig

I also used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to round all of my corners of the planks before attaching them. ¬†I love the look this gives the table top when it’s all put together.

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

At this point, I moved the entire build inside. ¬†I knew I didn’t want to attempt to move this baby through the door or by myself, so I did the assembly inside. ¬†I started by laying out all of my table top pieces.

Planked Wood Top of Dining Table

Next, I used my Ryobi 18V drill to attach all of the pieces using 2.5″ pocket hole screws. ¬†The driver bit I have on that drill comes with the Kreg Jig and it’s made for the pocket hole screws.

Building a table top

I added my two breadboards after attaching all of the long pieces.

Bottom of Table Top

Now, back to those 4×4 braces on the bottom… ¬†These need pocket holes to attach to the table legs. ¬†I used my Kreg HD Jig
for this part. ¬† This is an inexpensive tool that you won’t use on every build, but you will want it for projects like this one. ¬†It’s drill bit is larger and the screws are as well making the attachment stronger than the standard Kreg Jig.


Kreg HD Jig

Back inside…

I attached my apron pieces to the top of the table legs using 2.5″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Attaching apron to table legs

Once I did that, I set the legs and runners on top of the upside-down table top and attached it through the pocket holes I made in the aprons and into the table top. ¬†I somehow forgot to shoot this part, so please forgive me for not having a photo. ¬†I hate when I do that… Brain fart.

The final step before flipping it over is adding the 4×4 braces. ¬†These attach into the bottom of the legs using the Kreg HD screws. ¬†You can see they won’t be flush with the base of the legs. ¬†Once you have these attached, flip the table over and set the long runner in place. ¬†I used my finish nailer to attach it to the 4×4 runners.

Kreg HD Pocket Holes

I flipped it over and gave the whole thing a coat of my new fav stain color…

Varathane Wood Stain in Ash

Varathane Ash

You can find this stuff at the Home Depot.  After letting it dry (only takes an hour!) I added a coat of Varathane Triple Thick to the top to protect the finish.  This stuff is new and amazing. It gives you 3 coats of coverage in 1.  It dries so quick too!  You guys will love it!

Varathane Triple Thick

All finished!

DIY Turned Leg Dining Table

DIY Turned Leg Dining Table by Shanty2Chic

I hope you love it as much as I do! ¬†Just wait until you see the other pieces I will be sharing… I plan to keep you guys very busy! ūüėČ

I would LOVE for you to pin and share this table with all of your friends!

Thanks so much… Y’all are awesome.

Whitney

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  • KLipka

    I see there are 2 different Kreg Jigs used, I do not have one. If I purchase one will one do the job?? And do I need to have the brace on the bottom?

  • KLipka

    I see you used 2 different Kreg Jigs…I do not have this tool. Can one of these be sufficient for the job?? Also do I need the brace at the bottom??

  • Zach Eichenberger

    Love the table and the way it turned out for me. Also did the matching benches. Only change I made on the table was using a 2×10 on the breadboard, that way I would have a little more overhang for someone sitting there. For those asking how many it seats 8 no problem at all but you could really seat 10.

    • Corey Loyd

      Zach, your table and benches turned out great! Did you find plans for the benches or just make it up yourself? If you made it up, do you think you could post some more pics of the benches so we can see what you did?

      • Zach Eichenberger

        The benches are on this site also. Just do a quick search for a bench. I did make a few changes on them also by using square 4×4’s on the legs instead of some turned ones that match the table and I used 2x for everything instead of 1x.

        • Barbie Jo Thomsen

          Zach, can you tell me what the dimensions are of the table you made with the 2×10 for breadboard? thanks!

          • Barbie Jo Thomsen

            i’m going to build this table but I want it to be at least 8 feet so I may have to make some adjustments

  • wvstarktruth

    Sure hope you don’t run into problems as the seasons change. True breadboard end are attached to the top with a long tennon cut along the table ends and fit over that with a mortise cut on the edge of the breadboard. One screw in the center (underside) secures the end to the top. The purpose of the ends is to allow the top to expand and contract as temperature and humidity change. The top can expand or contract as much as 1/4 to 1/2 inch depending on the width across the grain. With the ends rigidly attached the boards have no way to expand or contract. Can cause stress crack over time. Just some info gained from experience.

    • Alex David

      I would like to know how it’s holding up… I wondered the same thing wvstarktruth.

  • awstewar

    Is this line you used? Would that be too soft for a dining room table?

  • Amy Stewart

    LOVE this table – what are the finished dimensions and how many chairs fit at this table? Thanks!

    • Kelli brewer

      How many does this seat?

  • Katya @ Little Broken

    Wow that is an amazing table!!! Gawd…now I want one ūüôā

  • Nance Worley

    I thought this blog post was going to be about a table that was pigened toed.
    LOLOL
    Just kiddin’
    Love, LOVE the table.
    **U**
    Nance

  • Julie Bachman Else

    Nice build! ūüôā I have been thinking about building a table and have even looked at Osborne’s site for the legs. The only thing I would prefer in a table is that chairs could be used on the ends. Have you done any tables with turned legs that don’t have the base connecting the legs? Also, the poly says “gloss” but the pics don’t show any sheen at all, is that just the way the pics turned out? I tend to like a matte finish and your’s appears matte, so I’m wondering about the level of sheen. Have you ever used wood wax? (Like Annie Sloan?) Just wondering how that would turn out and if it gives a good level of protection.

    • just a bit of advise…I’ve used Annie Sloan for several years and I would never recommend it to be used on a piece that a wet glass might sit on, it will leave a ring.

    • Jonny McClain

      I wondered the exact same thing about the finish – I love the matte look. Varathane does sell a matte finish poly. I used it on a dresser that I stripped down and I really like it.

  • Perfect. Now it just needs benches to finish the look.

  • ColleenB.

    Table looks great and like the design and goes well with your wooden framed mirrors

    Didn’t you used to have a table very similar only with benches along the side?

  • Libby

    Wow! You are so talented.

  • Tyi Duncan-Whitcomb

    Does this allow for end chairs to push in or will they stick out?

  • Daniela

    How many does this table seat? Looks gorgeous!