To build a dining room table, create the surface with 2-by-6 wood, add wood strips, make the skirt frame, and connect the skirt and legs. You also need a wood block, 2-by-4 boards, nails, carriage bolts, screws, tape, a hammer and iron bands to complete this project.
- Make the surface
Surface the 2-by-6s with a planer to make a smooth surface.
- Apply the wood strips
Fuse the boards together by connecting the tongue-and-groove ends. Screw 2-inch wood strips over the surface. Avoid using screws if a smooth surface is desired.
- Assemble the skirt frame
Flip over the table. Make 17 1/3 inches out of the 2-by-4s to comprise the short end, and make 53-inch pieces from the 2-by-4s to make the long parts. Miter 8-1/2-inch wood pieces to make diagonal corners. Use a clamp and pocket jig to make pocket holes to get the frame to attach to the table.
- Piece together the skirt frame
Nail the wood pieces together, but leave space for the 4-by-4 legs. Position the miter blocks diagonally at the corners to hold the frame together.
- Connect the skirt
Place the skirt on the table using the pocket holes with 1-3/4-inch screws.
- Connect the legs
Use a hand saw to chamfer 4 inches of each leg corner to get the rail, stile and cross brace to connect. Use dowel screws to attach the legs using the cross brace.
- Remove the wood strips
Turn over the table, and remove the 2-inch strips. Cut the table down a desired length with a circular saw.
- Mortise the table
Mortise the ends with a circular saw, and use a router to remove the remaining pieces. Bend two iron bands with pliers, and place the strips on each table end with a block and hammer.