You want to build a DIY dining table yourself from old wooden planks? Then this article from the DIY furniture blog help with this. I also built my own dining table - in a rustic industrial style. Now I'd like to show you exactly how I went about it and how you too can build your own dining table from planks. Good luck!
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Plan for building your own dining table
First of all, it is important to have a clear picture of the future dining table in mind and to at least roughly draw this picture on paper. This makes it much easier to build the dining table, as you know the exact goal and don't have to constantly make adjustments. However, before you make the first handshake on your table, you should be clear about what kind of dining table you want to build yourself. By answering the following questions in advance, you will be on the safe side:
In what style build the dining table yourself?
For example, would you like a simple, straightforward dining table or would you prefer a table in the minimalist style with a touch Industrial charm? As you can see from the pictures, I opted for the latter. Personally, I think industrial design is just really cool - especially in combination with wall posters of big city skylines (you can find them at https://myloview.de/poster/nach-kategorie/stadte/) and a concrete wall in the room just looks strong.
So it was to be a DIY dining table made of wooden planks and metal - just two different materials. The old, reclaimed oak planks and the solid table runners make the dining table simple yet rustic.
So the question of style is ultimately also a question of material. It was also important to me that the edges of the table, where you eat later, are not trimmed (straightened), but that the natural tree edge is retained. This gives each table a truly unique style.
Where should the dining table be placed later?
If you want to build a dining table yourself, you should be aware of the later Location be pretty clear. This is because old wooden planks in particular have a small blemish here and there. For example, if you already know that a side of the plank with a blemish will be under the dining table anyway or on the edge of the dining table that will not be visible later, you can be more satisfied with this than if the material defects are in a visible place.
In addition, the future space of the DIY dining table may not be rectangular, but may have a slope. To ensure that the table still runs parallel to other furnishings or walls, it can make sense to give one side of the table the corresponding angle of the slope.
How big should the DIY dining table be?
You should be pretty clear in advance how you want your DIY dining table to look later on. I had decided in advance that the DIY dining table should be about 165 cm long, 90 cm wide or deep and 75 cm high should be. Ordinary dining tables are not quite as wide, but to create a massive effect, I opted for a slightly wider table. Not least because there were enough wooden planks available.
DIY build your own dining table
The idea for the dining table is ready - now it's time to get down to business. We now know what material the dining table should be made of, roughly what size it should be and what style it should be built in. In the following, I would like to show you step by step how I went about building my own dining table.
1) Get wooden planks for the dining table
Finding suitable wooden planks for a home-made dining table is actually easier in the village than in the city. This is because the demand for high-quality Oak planks is now significantly higher in urban areas. In villages, on the other hand, there are many farmers who still have old wooden planks in their attics or barns. I don't want to say that the planks can be found there like sand by the sea, but.... say the planks can be found there like Plastic waste in the environment.
So if you are looking for inexpensive but high-quality wooden planks and Save money should start in the village. When selecting suitable planks, it is important to ensure that the wood has not yet been eaten away by woodworms and is still relatively straight. A few unevennesses can be evened out later by planing. The planks should of course be the desired length for the future dining table - to be on the safe side, you should add 30 cm if you decide to use old wooden planks. Of course, it's all a bit easier at the DIY store.
2) Cleaning, planing, trimming and sanding planks
You have the wood for your self-built dining table, now you just need to finish it. I proceeded as follows:
First, I made the wooden planks for the DIY dining table with the High pressure cleaner cleaned. When planks have been lying on a farm for more than 30 years, a lot of dirt can accumulate on the wood. After cleaning, I could then see whether there was still Nails or screws in the wood. A few nails were actually still in the wood, which I then removed with pliers. This is very important before going to the carpenter in the next step.
My carpenter friend then made the wooden planks for the DIY dining table smooth. planed and finally edged - except on two sides, where I wanted to retain the natural tree edge. All the timbers were also cut to the same length shortened.
The carpenter's work was done. Afterwards, the wooden planks for the DIY dining table looked like the picture above - smooth, clean and coordinated.
I then first used an 80-grit and then finally a fine 180-grit to clean the wood. Sandpaper Edited.
Tip: Only sand the surface and the sides at the edge. You should not sand the inside of the wood and the underside, or only sand them roughly so that there are no unevennesses in your self-built dining table. Also make sure that the annual rings of the respective planks all point in the same direction - then the wood will not work in different directions over time and the surface will remain even.
Things like a multi-sander, by the way, are also great for borrow. But I actually sanded everything by hand to keep the final costs as low as possible. It also sounds a bit cooler afterwards when you're sitting at the new dining table with friends for the first time and telling them about it, doesn't it?
3) Order dining table metal runners in parallel.
So the foundation stone for the surface of the DIY dining table had been laid. But what about the legs of the table? I ordered them while I was still working on the wooden planks. That saves a lot of time. The Internet is teeming with suppliers of metal runners for DIY furniture - but the prices vary greatly.
Some people take 400€ for two dimensionally accurate runners - luckily I found someone who will make me two runners in the dimensions I want for 100€ including shipping. If you are also interested in the contact, just write me an e-mail at metal skids[at]careelite.com and I will gladly pass on the contact to you.
4) Screw together dining table wooden planks
This step is of course optional, but I really recommend it to anyone who wants to build their own dining table. As already described, works wood over time - This means that it bends. Either it already has or it will. Unevenness on the surface of your wooden plank dining table is inevitable.
That's why I went to the carpenter and got three more Oak crossbars These were screwed crosswise under the three wooden planks to hold the surface together. I tightened screws at the transition to the next wooden plank, as shown in the picture, so that the table would later be nice and even and hold together solidly.
Tip: You should first drill small indentations in the crossbar at the points with screws and place a metal washer under the screw. This is how you stabilize your self-made dining table made of wooden planks.
5) Painting the surface of the DIY dining table
After I had sanded the surface well and finally removed the dust, it was finally ready to be painted. In order to preserve the natural character of the wood, I painted the wooden planks with a paint roller, a brush and a transparent paint. Hard wax oil It protects the wood and gives the DIY dining table a slight glossy effect. After about 12 hours, the oil will be dry and the surface will already have its final look.
You can get the transparent hard wax oil in any DIY store - alternatively you can get the hard wax oil here*.
6) Machine the metal runners and screw them to the surface
This is the final step if you want to build your own DIY dining table. The metal runners should have arrived by now. In my case, I placed them on the underside of the table top as they were to be screwed on later. I then made holes in the metal at the appropriate points to attach the Screwing wooden planks to the metals. Then I just sanded the metal briefly and gave the table legs a slight glossy effect with a little clear varnish. However, if the tables are really only in the home, the legs don't really need to be sprayed at all.
The cool thing about joining metal and wood: When the wooden planks are pulled against the metal, the last unevenness will be evened out. If the dining table is still not completely smooth, you can loosen a few more screws and place thin boards or cardboard in between. This can be a bit of a fiddly job, but it's worth it in the end.
The corresponding By the way, you can find screws here*. (to be selected according to plank thickness)
Sit down at the dining table and enjoy
Now it's done and you can sit down at your finished dining table that you built yourself according to your personal wishes. With this DIY dining table, we have used old material with the wooden planks in the spirit of the Zero Waste Lifestyle and supported a local service provider from Germany with the metal runners. No mass-produced goods from furniture stores - no unnecessary packaging waste. Instead, a truly unique piece with lots of industrial charm for ultimately little money. And you don't even have to be a carpenter to do it. All you need is a good plan and a desire to make things yourself.
How do you like the self-built dining table? Do you have any questions, tips or suggestions? Then I look forward to your comment.
PS.: I have not only built the dining table itself and the instructions here in the Do It Yourself Blog published. At the same time, I also used the same material to create a Coffee table and a Desk built by yourself. Get some inspiration for your DIY furniture in the respective articles.