DIY Rustic Modern Dining Table

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our first thought is not what we are going to cook but what we are going to eat the food on! We designed this simple Rustic Modern Dining table that you can build with only 12 2x6x8 boards – that’s about $50 in lumber! Check out our How-To Youtube video, below, to see just how simple this bad boy is to build!


As always we have the free printable plans for ya! Just click HERE to download and print them. Then, you can follow along with the step-by-step below!


This right here is all the lumber you need! 12 – 2x6x8 boards!


We used our Ridgid Table Saw to rip the round edges off and made each board 5″ in width. This is not a necessary step but it will create a very smooth table top with no ridges. If you don’t rip them, make the base about 4″ wider.


Then, we made our cuts!


Here are the legs.


The table runners


and the supports and the leg runners.


After all of our cuts had been made, we used our Kreg Jig K5 to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the boards.(Refer to our printable plans for the pocket hole placement). You can see that we have our Kreg Jig set to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes. You can find the Kreg Jig that we use HERE on Amazon and you can watch our How to use a Kreg Jig video HERE.


We started by assembling both legs. We used wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.


The leg runners will attach to the legs and be flush with the edges of the legs. Make sure that your pocket holes face out so that you won’t see them once the table is done.


Now, you should have two legs that look like boxes ๐Ÿ™‚


Attach the runners while the table legs are upside down. Your pocket holes will face up and the runners will be flush with the outside of the table legs.


Attach the runners with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.


Now, attach the supports between the table runners with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. (Refer to the plans for the placement of the supports).

spray-painting-table spray-paint-table-base

We wanted the table base to resemble a metal base so we sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic spray paint to the entire base. You can find the spray paint HERE on Amazon


While the spray paint was drying, we assembled the table top. Attach all of the planks with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Then, measure and cut the breadboards to fit the planked top perfectly.


Attach the breadboards with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.


Flip the table base upside down and center it on top of the table top.


Attach the base to the table top with 2 1/2″ Spax screws. We prefer the star head screws and love using Spax screws because there is no need to predrill! You can find the Spax T-Star screws HERE on Amazon.


Flip the table right-side-up and it’s ready for the finish! We used one coat of Dark Walnut stain on the table top. You can find the stain HERE on Amazon.


Add some fall decor and you have yourself a table that will impress your guests! We found the cute fall decor and the table runner, ย for the centerpiece, at AtHome!


There you have it friends! A DIY Rustic Modern Dining table that we built with only 12 2×6 boards, a few tools and had it done in one afternoon! We are ready to entertain for Thanksgiving in style! If you build one for yourself, make sure to tag us @shanty2chic on our social channels or upload it to your Reader’s Projects section of our website!

Make sure to check the how-to video out below!

Happy Building and Happy Entertaining!

You can find the rug HERE!

You can find the mirrors HERE!

The Table Runner and Fall Centerpiece Decor can be found at AtHome!



  1. Monica on August 31, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Hi there,

    I was wonderingifbi wanted to make an 8 foot table how would you recommend modifying it so the legs can support the weight?


  2. Karlie on April 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Is this table pretty heavy and sturdy for outdoor use? I would love to build this table for my outdoor patio in Arizona, but would love know if it has good weight to it for when we have windy days.

  3. Candice Pender on December 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Can anyone please tell me how far apart I need to space the pocket holes?

  4. Patricia on November 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Hi everyone. Is there anybody who has made this table for small spaces? I need for 4 places. Do you think the current size fits maximum of 6 chairs?


  5. Shelby George on October 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I’m trying to download the measurements for the pocket holes however when I click the link it doesn’t show up. I’m able to download the plans for the wood measurements though.

  6. Randy Boyd on August 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    How far apart do u make pocket holes on the planks

    • Candice Pender on December 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Did anyone every answer this question or did you figure it out? Iโ€™m wanting to know the same thing

  7. Leticia Llamas on August 13, 2017 at 2:37 am

    HI!, So if my table comes out to be 5.5 feet long, what should my runners measure? 84 inches is too long for our apt! Thanks, anyone’s help, please! THANK YOU

  8. Randy Boyd on August 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Where can I get plans for $50 thanksgiving table I like table I think look good after I put the new flooring down

  9. Jose Haedo on June 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Any chair ideas for this table?

  10. kacey on May 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    could this be used as an outdoor table if coated with poly?

  11. Lillian on December 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    @shanty2chic:disqus I have purchased some lumber at Lowes, but they seem pretty damp. Unfortunately, I have cut them already, then realized I need to let them dry before putting them together. Is there a way to tell if the wood is dry enough to work with?

    Another question. I’m a total newbie. I only have a circular saw. Can I rip off the round edges with my circular saw? Do you have any suggestion for doing this?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Kim on December 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

      I wrote them on Facebook with this same question, and they said unfortunately no itโ€™s not good to rip them with a circular saw

  12. Kevin O'Brien on October 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This is such an awesome table. Thank you for sharing! Although I don’t know where you guys live but here in NY those boards are $6 a piece so more like a $75 table. Still inexpensive for a full size table. Thank you!

  13. Lauren Pulner on October 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    @shanty2chic:disqus which cuts would we increase by 4″ if we are not ripping the board to 5″?

    • Ben Grisinger on October 17, 2016 at 7:05 am

      The overall width of the table would be inches so you would want the width of the bases to be 4 inches wider.

  14. Amy Park on October 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Is there any wiggle in this table? I built something very similar for a coffee table, but the wooden legs caused a lot of wobble in the long direction of the table. I love this table, but want to make sure it’s solid enough – my dad love to put all of his weight on the table as he stands up! Thanks!

    • Anne Curwen on October 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I didn’t think there is any wiggle. I used HD screws in the legs and base as I wanted to make sure it was strong and sturdy. I feel like it is!

      • Amy Park on October 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        Awesome, thanks!

    • Ben Grisinger on October 18, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Mine had a lot of wiggle. I just turned my runners 90 degrees and it is solid as can be now. I am a big guy (about 280 lbs) and I can put my weight on the table to stand up with no movement.

      I used the regular panhead screws.

      • Amy Park on October 20, 2016 at 3:52 pm

        So the long runners have the 6″ side perpendicular to the table top, instead of parallel like in the original plans?

  15. Anne Curwen on October 9, 2016 at 9:05 am
    • Elizabeth O on November 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      I love how yours turned out. How did you make the bench? Are the base/legs the same dimensions as the tables?

      • Ben Grisinger on November 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

        I built a bench. I made it out of 3 additional 2 x 6 x 8 and one 2×4 boards. Here are how I did my cuts:

        Bench top: 3 cuts at 54 inches (2 x 6)
        Bases : 4 cuts at 16 inches, 4 cuts at 9 inches. Joined together the same was as the tables. (These are 2 x 6.
        Runners: 2 cuts at 35 inches (2 x 4)

        the final product measured 15 x 5 4x 17.5 (yes, I ripped my boards down to 5 inches)

        My wife will paint and stain this today.

        This bench holds at least 550 lbs with no problem. The lumber was $14 for it and it took me two hours to cut, sand, and build.

        • Mikey Osborn on January 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

          I just built this ben but the breadboard ends of the bench arent very strong. Any suggestions?

          • Ben Grisinger on January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

            I would center the leg basesunder where the breadboards connect.

        • Jose Haedo on June 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

          any chair idea to add?

          • Ben Grisinger on June 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

            Ana White has some easy to build to chairs. I just used my old chairs along with the benches I built.

          • Jose Haedo on June 15, 2017 at 7:05 am

            I’m sorry who is Ana White?

          • Ben Grisinger on June 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

            She’s has 1000s of different woodworking plans available for free. You can google her info. I built this chair (4 of them) from plans on her site for a customer.

          • Jose Haedo on June 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

            Thank you! If you know of any other links that are good for DIY projects can you please let me know?

      • Anne Curwen on November 4, 2016 at 11:10 am

        thank you! I made a mini version of the table plans for the bench. I played around with it a little so the legs fit in between the legs of the table

    • alice pine on March 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      omg! i was thinking same thing great job! only thing is how many charts fit lengthwise ? 2 or 3 i need to fit 2 only my space i limited. i really like this table and wish i could make it but unfortunately i can’t remove the round edges of 2x6s. as the only tools i own are a hammer screw driver a drill, and sander. lol. as a female its hard to buy tools. i was also thinking perhaps i can use 1 less 2×6 for the width of the table ?

    • alice pine on March 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      how many chairs ? i meant chairs! lol

    • Kelsea Warren on July 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Hi! Can you share you plan for the bench?

  16. Anne Curwen on October 5, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love this and can’t wait to build this weekend! do you use the Kreg Jig HD and HD screws for the base for this or did you use normal pocket hole screws?

  17. Ben Grisinger on October 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm
    • Anne Curwen on October 5, 2016 at 9:46 am


      • Ben Grisinger on October 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

        Thank you. I am going to build the dining table this afternoon. It looks like a half day project or so.

        • Anne Curwen on October 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

          It took me about 3 hrs. to build the table top. Did that yesterday. I think part of that was using the new kreg jig I bought. I upgraded. Would love to see pic when you’re done. I’m planning to finish tonight.

          • Lauren Pulner on October 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

            Did you rip the boards to 5 inches first?

          • Anne Curwen on October 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

            no, I did not. I don’t have a table saw, so I chose to skip that optional step!

          • Anne Curwen on October 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

            I also used 1 less board wide b/c I didn’t want it to be huge

          • Lauren Pulner on October 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

            That was going to be my next question! It looks so great! I am glad to see I can skip that step and still achieve the same look!

          • Ben Grisinger on October 18, 2016 at 6:51 am

          • Keena on March 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

            Hi! I have a few questions…How many chairs were you able to fit around the table? Do you have issues with food getting into the grooves or is it tight enough? Also, is this possible to do without the kreg jig? We are very new at building! Lol! Thanks!

          • Jesse on June 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm

            Hi Anne,

            Any special instructions, when not ripping and using 1 less board? How are you liking the table now days. I am planning on building it this Saturday.

  18. Amanda Eley on September 29, 2016 at 5:44 am

    This may be a silly question but what boards from home depot do you use? When I go through the basic boards there all of them seemed warped or curvy. I get the straightest boards that I can but some projects still do not come out right and my tables come out wobbly after because of it.

    • orangesugar on October 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Considering this is a $50 table I assume they are using construction grade lumber. You’ll be lucky to find straight lumber at the big box stores and you’ll have to pick through lots of it to find any.

      • Shanty2Chic on October 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm

        We built this with framing lumber from Home Depot ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Stephanie Batista on September 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm this is awesome!!! I’ll be building this table this weekend!!! I’m trying to print the plans but is not showing up.. This is what comes up when i click on the link to print the plans

    • Regi on September 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I got the same thing and was just coming to tell them! I hope they can get it fixed soon, because I want to build it too!

      • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

        Just fixed it! Sorry about that ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Heidi Knowlton on January 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

          I’m having the same issue. There are no plans on that link. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Shanty2Chic on January 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

            I just clicked it and the plans pulled up. Are you clicking where it says HERE?

          • Heidi Knowlton on February 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

            The link to the pocket hole placement is an image, not the pocket hole placement. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Jose Haedo on June 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

            any chair ideas?

    • Shanty2Chic on September 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Oops! I just fixed it. Thanks!!

      • Stephanie Batista on September 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        yaiiii… Thank you so much!!!!

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