I love to entertain. Actually, that’s not true. I love to gather friends around a table for a meal, laughter, and conversation. That means creating a setting that invites lingering and doesn’t rush conversation. But I’m not talking about formality, just a warm environment where friends feel at home.
This doesn’t mean your house has to be perfect. Which is good, because mine is far from it. And all your projects don’t have to be finished. Again, good news for me!
Jay and I have been talking about building a table for a while now, but just hadn’t landed on exactly what we wanted. Our dining room is an oddly shaped and sized space. We had a rectangular table but it never fit great. I felt that a round table may be the solution but just couldn’t commit. Then my parents said they were coming for Thanksgiving, along with our older son who had recently relocated a few states away. It was time to build the table.
We decided on the size, a round table top 66″ in diameter. It was a big as we could go and still comfortably have room for chairs and people.
The top is made of reclaimed wood from a local house built in the early 1900’s and currently under major renovation. I love using reclaimed wood! It has character you just can’t get from new wood and often it is free! I’m lucky to have a husband who doesn’t mind asking for other people’s discards.
Here is what we kept in mind while building the top:
- All the pieces needed to be roughly the same thickness.
- For stability and strength, we wanted to build off one solid piece in the center and have the two pieces at each end be solid as well.
- Keep the width of all the boards in each row consistent.
Then we used our Kreg Jig to attach the boards, first end to end and then edge to edge. I recommend using glue in addition to the pocket hole screws.
At this point we had an uneven mass of connected boards. Our son’s girlfriend was skeptical that it would ever be round.
I did a little research and found a great tutorial here on how to cut a round top. We made a few adjustments for our router and the size of our table top. His tips and how-to’s are top notch!
The rest of this was pretty straight forward. We settled on an X base pedestal. Using Ana White’s base plan with some modifications we got to building.
Our top is much larger than Ana’s so I knew our base would need to be bigger. After endless Google searches I learned there is no standard formula but some general consensus that 70% of the top provides good stability. To be clear, take your table diameter multiplied by .70 and that gives you the dimension for you support.
What that looked like for us: 66 x 70% = 46.2
For simplicity we decided to build a 48 inch base using 2×4’s, 2×6’s and 1×6’s.
Time to put it all together! Now, it would have been easier to paint and oil it before this point but I was impatient and just wanted to see it assembled!
Again we referenced Rogue Engineer to get tips on reinforcing the table top. Jay added a few more supports.
Isn’t that wood gorgeous? We love it! This past Thanksgiving eight of us gathered around this table and there was room for all of us and the food. Many memories will be created here and those will be even sweeter having built this table ourselves.