3rd MCM Post – How to Build a round table

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You can build this with ease if you own or can borrow the right tools.

Tools needed (or recommended):

  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • jig saw or router
  • kreg jig
  • drill
  • brad nailer

Supplies: Wood is all cheap white pine, cheaper the better, just make sure you get some straight boards.

  • 2x4x8 – 8
  • 2x6x8 – 3
  • 2x3x8 ( rip this off an extra 2x4x8 on table saw or have HD cut for you ) -1
  • 1x8x8 – 1
  • 1x8x6 – 1
  • 1x6x6 – 1
  • 1x4x6 – 2
  • 1.25″ pocket screws (these are located next to the kreg jig in Home Depot)
  • 2.5″ pocket screws (see above)
  • 4″ Spax screws to attach top to the foundation (these are on the screws isle, Spax is a brand name)
  • some brad nails and wood glue

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I started by ripping both sides of the 2×4’s to get rid of the rounded edges, nicked my thumb, you can see the blood there 🙂 (you dont have to rip them but they stick together better if you do)

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Depending on the circumference of your table, you will want to use as many boards as needed. This is a 36″ round table so 12 boards cut to 38″ were sufficient. You can alter this as needed. So now you are wondering how the hell did you get them all to stay together?

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This little mofo is called a Kreg Jig – You need to join all your cut 2×4’s that you just ripped (the number of boards you join, depends on how big you want your table) – join them with wood glue and pocket hole screws. Pre drill all your pocket holes using the kreg jig that I showcase in the above photo. This is the best jig

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here is a close up of the boards joining together, USE GLUE and the 2.5″ pocket screws when doing this, also it helps if you have a clamp to keep these strips of wood all together (this is a bad ass clamp I use )

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So I first measured and found the center of my square, drilled a screw PARTIALLY (dont go through your table top dummy) into the center and used a string tied to a marker – HORRIBLE IDEA. then we decided to cut a strip of wood as see in the photo and made a much better circle 🙂

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use a large clamp ($40 at HD) to help you carefully cut the circle out with a router (RECOMMENDED) or a jig saw that is a total PITA.

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attaching the 2×6 and 2×3’s together to make the base ( these were cut to 29.5″ inches) use wood glue and 2″ brad nails

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Another view of the base

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I made the angles on the legs using my ancient dewalt miter saw (it’s 10+ years old and very basic but gets the job done. Since my saw is so old I have to make cuts on both sides and match em up perfectly. One day I shall own this. . . this is a bad ass saw (http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-15-Amp-12-in-Sliding-Miter-Saw-with-Bonus-Heavy-Duty-Miter-Saw-Stand-DWS780DWX723/203068923?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools%7c&gclid=CjwKEAjwj92_BRDQ-NuC98SZkWYSJACWmjhlgThL9eoHU3z_4sFFP6Y81dnHSoTMRDe5bR9d9944uBoC-_zw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds)

Mh5kYvyr.jpg1×6 cut down to 6″ length to stabilize and add character to the legs

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attached the legs using the kreg jig and 2.5″ pock screws on top and bottom of the legs to the post I built with the 2×6 and 2×3 I ripped on the table saw.

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Here is a close up of the finished cuts on the bottom half of the table. I attached the legs with glue and pocket screws using a kreg jig (you can purchase this needed jig at home depot) Notice that I added some 1×4’s cut to match one another and give it some more character under the Corbels I cut. The 1×4’s are cut down to 7 3/4″ bottom and 8 1/2″ (top) for the top and bottom (different sizes so they will even up when you join them together. The Corbels were built from sections of the 1×6’s that I cut in squares. So cut 2 perfect squares out of your 1×8’s (7.25″ x 7.25″) and join them together with glue and fired a few 1.5″ brad nails in to secure them. Then the PITA part, trace a paint can or something round to make your arc, then cut it out with a router or jig saw. Attach the corbels with glue and brad nails.

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Here is a photo of the bottom half completed and the table top in the background

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This is what the kreg jig screw holes look like, make sure YOU READ THE DIRECTIONS and manual on your kreg jig before using it or you will totally screw some stuff up.

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Here is another view of the top

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You can see I squirted some thick white caulk in the cracks I cleaned it up with a warm rag afterwards. Also note – this is an older table we built before I purchased a router, these gables were cut with a jig saw and I hated every minute of it, they look like crap, get a router and a jig that will allow you to cut perfect circles and arcs. After the caulk dries, you just have to paint it to whatever color you wish and attach the top with the 4″ spax screws FROM THE BOTTOM up to the table top, don’t ruin your table top by going from top to bottom.

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Here is the table top all stained and beautiful. This table stained with Minwax, Special Walnut and and then we added a few coats of Minwax Finishing Wax for protection.

There you have it!

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