Building a Table: The Frame

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

We completed the table top except for sanding.
We completed the table top except for sanding.

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

Cut the side pieces to 44 inches and the end pieces to 20 inches.
Cut the side pieces to 44 inches and the end pieces to 20 inches.

For the base we used old legs from a now defunct table and 1″ by 4″s bought for our baseboard.

We put a piece of plywood under the board as a spaced to inset the fame on the legs.
We put a piece of plywood under the board as a spaced to inset the fame on the legs.

We drilled the boards on the short edge using the Kreg jig.  Then Charlie screwed the edges into the top of the salvaged legs

Halfway together, the frame started looking like a table.
Halfway together, the frame started looking like a table.

We made the 2 long sides first.

The packet hole joints are very sturdy.
The packet hole joints are very sturdy.

Then we joined them together with the short pieces.

We might add braces to the corners even though the frame is very sturdy.
We might add braces to the corners even though the frame is very sturdy.

We replaced the rickety, temporary kitchen table with this one.

We'll use it like this until we have time for some refinement.
We’ll use it like this until we have time for some refinement.

We’re not going to attach the top to the frame until I paint the bottom and Charlie sands the top.

Have you built a project with a Kreg pockethole jig?

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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 Frame”

  1. Amazing. It looks pretty darn good. No, I don’t have a Kreg jig but I’ve seen lots of projects on the Internet done with one.

  2. love it! i think the kreg jig is the absolute miracle for the home do-it-yourselfer! after getting mine as a gift last christmas i built our back screen door with it this spring and it made quick work out of what could have been a tricky project!

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