Building a Table: The Top

Charlie and I started building a new kitchen table from old wood we’ve been saving from the house demolition.

Salvaged wood.
Salvaged wood.

Using the wood we salvaged from the old sheathing we made a table top.

This suitcase-style table is 2' by 5'.
This suitcase-style table is 2′ by 5′.

We have been using a 2′ by 5′ folding table which is a little too long and a little too narrow.

I am going for a rustic look from salvaged wood.
I am going for a rustic look from salvaged wood.

Because the lumber was 7-3/8 inches wide the full width was determined to be 29-1/2 inches, or 4 boards wide.

The mark on the face of the lumber lines up with a mark on the Kreg jig.
The mark on the face of the lumber lines up with a mark on the Kreg jig.

We used our Kreg pocket screw jig to attach the boards to each other.

The table top is held together with pocket screws.
The table top is held together with pocket screws.

The boards were cut to 41 inches then edged with boards on either end at right angles to the boards, breadboard construction.

The table top is constructed.
The table top is constructed.

The final length is 55-3/4 inches.

We're using the legs from this old table.
We’re using the legs from this old table.

Part two: make the base.

Do you have a favorite finish?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Building a Table: The Top”

    1. It wasn’t bad once I got started except at the very end when I made a stupid mistake because I was hot and tired. But we redid the wrong part and it looks about how I pictured it. One piece down, one to go plus the finish. Jo

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