The HFHS house needed a dining room table, so I made one! With the style we wanted, it was like putting together an open-ended puzzle. I had a bunch of scrap wood from other projects that worked out great for the tabletop (I hate throwing out wood, so I have piles of scrap wood). This table cost about $125 to make (not including tools).
-1.5″ x 1.5″ x 36″ poplar boards (9 at around $6 ≈$55)
-4×8 3/4″ plywood (≈$40)
-.75″ x 3.5″ x 8′ poplar boards (2 at around $14 ≈ $28)
-assorted 3/4″ thick plywoods, scrap wood
-1 1/4 nails
-Kreg jig/1 1/4″ Kreg screws
-nail gun (optional)
-three 36″ (no cuts needed!)
-four 28.5″ (legs)
-four 18″ (just cut two boards in half)
Refer to diagram to see how I connected legs to base, then the cross support to legs. I put together section A first using pocket holes. Then I put together section B, and then attached it to the legs (all with pocket holes). Then I flipped it over and attached C (plywood). I screwed the plywood to the base, then nailed on section D (which is the 3.5″ ply boards ripped down to 1.5″ wide pieces). I knew I was going to use 3/4″ scraps on the top, so I wanted it just wide enough to trim out the plywood and patchwork pieces.
At this point it was time to start piecing in the scrappy scraps. I used a bit of walnut ply, poplar, birch, whatever I had lying around. I tried to make sure the pieces were 3/4″ thick so the surface was as flat as possible. I also tried to keep the color range pretty even, no stand out pieces! At this point, the placement and fitting is up to you!
I had some fun with it and threw in some 45˚ angles here and there. I was originally thinking I was going to stain some pieces, but the natural wood tones worked out great. After I had all the pieces cut and fitting nice and snug, I nailed everything down. Then I filled the holes in with a neutral colored wood filler and sanded everything nice and smooth.
Credits // Author: Josh Rhodes. Photography: Janae Hardy and Josh Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.