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How to Make a Rustic Table

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How to Make a Rustic Table

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make a Rustic Table and DIY Rustic Dining Table Plans

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Jul 19, 2017

I’m back with another Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table. These tables have been in style recently with the rise in popularity in rustic farmhouse decor, and I’ve been asked to make quite a few of these lately. This time I decided to change it up and instead of the standard “X” or “H” style, I add some curves to the base. This build has some great tricks and techniques to get a unique look and learn some more advanced woodworking techniques.

Check out the video and the step-by-step guide on how to make a rustic table below! You can also purchase the full plans if you’re looking to make a replica for yourself:

Purchase the DIY Rustic Dining Table plan here!

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Project Overview

How to Make a Rustic Table

  1. Glue Up Table Top
  2. Mill Base
  3. Cut Curves
  4. Assemble Base
  5. Glue Up & Finish

What You’ll need for a DIY Rustic Dining Table

Materials:

  • Reclaimed Wood
  • Clear Epoxy
  • The finish of Your Choice

Tools:

How to Make a Rustic Table: The Step-by-Step

Glue Up Table Top

Choose your wood. If using reclaimed remove all of the nails, if you cannot remove them hit them below the face of the wood.

Joint the bottom and a single side of your wood if you’re using reclaimed wood. This preserves the saw marks. Then bring your wood to the table saw to square the second side.

Glue up the top in thirds to make sure the top is more manageable. After drying, relief cut the bottom. Use a planer sled to flatten the bottom of each of the 3 sections, then glue up the whole top and clamp.

Mill Base

After the top is dry, take your tabletop out of clamps. Mill down the stock for the base, rough cut, joint, plane, and saw it to size. From there, glue up blanks for pedestals. After that glue has dried, joint one side and plane it to square, then cut down to the final dimension.

Cut Curves

Lay out the shape of your curves on blanks made of four rows of strategically-placed wood. Cut mortises for joinery, then cut the curves on the band saw, being sure to take your time here. Sand your curves smooth starting with a spindle sander then with an orbital sander or by hand. Glue and clamp to the base.

Assemble Base

Measure out lap joints on table feet. Cut the joints on a miter saw or with a table saw. Join the crosses with glue and screws, marking out and cut chamfering the feet.
Joint and glue up the sub-base. Lay out and the cut joinery for the posts. Predrill and countersink for curves joinery, then join with 3″ screws

Glue Up & Finish

Sand the top and fill any voids with epoxy, preferably dyed black. Sand any dried epoxy and then finish with your favorite finish. Attach your top and voila -- one stunning DIY rustic dining table.


If you liked this video, be sure to check out my other reclaimed wood projects here:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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Jul 19, 2017
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!