Getting Closer: My Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Table Project So Far
I love writing blog post headlines for the sake of search engine findability. Seems honest. We’ll see where I end up ranking.
So I’m building my own kitchen table, a *small* one.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Wood glue alone isn’t strong enough to hold a table together.
- And good luck trying to get dowels to work.
- You can’t find 2-inch #8 wood lath screws at Lowes.
- And screws are pretty difficult to get through hard wood anyway (the table is all oak aside from what will eventually be the tabletop support beams).
- Pilot holes: necessary.
- They don’t call it “hard wood” because it’s so easy to work with.
- Screws showing on the outside of the table seem a reasonable compromise.
- A compound miter saw is a very good thing.
- Radial sanders are also good, but not as good as compound miter saws.
- Just because you found instructions for building something on a website, that doesn’t mean you should follow them (dowels!).
- Similarly, just because a different approach *seems* like it might be easier, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it that way.
- A truck tailgate is a pretty serviceable work bench.
- A new can of stain is too full to stir. Shake before opening.
- 24 inches is probably too narrow for a kitchen table. (Oh well.)
- Considering they’re not even electric, pipe clamps are pretty a-okay as well.
All I have left to do is:
- Buy a 1×4 for the support plates.
- Sand the legs and base.
- Paint the legs and base (gloss black).
- Cut the 1×4 and attach it to the legs and base.
- Ensure that the tabletop will sit flush on its supports.
- Screw the tabletop onto the support plates.
- Buy a couple of *really narrow* chairs…
(PS: #1 on Google for “do it yourself kitchen table project”, #1 for “‘do it yourself kitchen table'” (exact match), and #9 for “kitchen table project”. )