How to Make a Rustic Wood Kitchen Table

We are sharing our tips and tricks on how to make a DIY rustic wood kitchen table for beginners with very little woodworking experience.

Building a kitchen table can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be with our DIY wood kitchen table plans.

You could buy a flimsy overpriced table or you can make a rock solid rustic wood kitchen table for under $100!

This DIY wood kitchen table is made of solid wood planks and sturdy legs for a lasting piece of furniture.

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Beginner DIY Kitchen Table

My overall dimensions for the table were 65.5 inches long, 46.5 inches wide, and 31.5 inches tall.

This size rustic wood kitchen table worked out perfectly for my small kitchen and maximized every inch of space.

Since everything was made of solid wood, it was ridiculously strong, and also ridiculously heavy.

I have very little woodworking skills, but this beginner DIY kitchen table turned out incredible.

So, do not be afraid to try to make this wood table for beginners!

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How to Make a Wood Table for Beginners

The top of the table is made with five 2×10’s and 2×8’s on the end.

Pocket holes are used to connect the wood.

To connect the table top, I started by adhering the 2×10’s using a Kreg Jig.

I drilled pocket holes every 6 or 8 inches on one side of 4 of the 2×10’s.

Leaving the center 2×10 untouched because it would be drilled in on both sides by the other 2×10’s.

Check out other post on the Kreg Jig, if you don’t know how to use this tool.

Drill all of the pocket holes and laid them out, before adhering any of them.

Then I used a ton of glue in between each board and screwed them in.

For the two 2×8 end pieces, I measured and cut them after the 2×10’s were all screwed together.

Make sure not to place pocket holes to close to the edge to prevent the wood from cracking.

Also, check to see if at least 1 pocket hole aligned with each 2×10.

Again, I used a ton of wood glue and screwed them in.

The great thing about the Kreg Jig is that you don’t need wood clamps because you’re screwing everything together until the glue dries.

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Table Top for beginner diy kitchen table

Adding Legs to a DIY Wood Kitchen Table

When measuring the legs height, keep in mind the side skirt will also come down 3 inches.

A 2×4 isn’t exactly 4 inches, and the table top will add another 1.5 inches.

Then the 4X4 legs were cut to provide enough clearance with the side skirt in place.

Measuring the Side Skirt for the DIY Wood Kitchen Table

The side skirt was made of 2×4’s and to find the correct length, I needed to lay out the legs.

Next I flipped the table upside down and laid out the tale legs.

So, that half of the legs were on the end pieces (2×8’s) and the other half on the 2×10’s.

After the legs were laid out and equally placed, I measured the distance between each leg.

This would then be how long each 2×4 needed to be.

After they were cut to size, I drilled pocket holes again every 6 to 8 inches.

Then I made sure that each 2×4 had two pocket holes drilled on each end, because those are the holes where screws will attach to the legs.

While keeping the legs in place (although not drilled or glued) for reference, I used a bunch of wood glue and drilled the side skirts in.

After the glue dried, I attached the side skirts to the legs. I did not use any wood glue for the legs since I knew I would move this table and some point and the legs would come off.

Braces for Beginner DIY Kitchen Table

Lastly, I used 4 diagonal braces on the bottom of the table top, again using 2×4’s.

These four 2×4’s made a diamond shape on the bottom of the table top, ideally just touching each other.

They needed to be cut on an angle (angle depends on your dimensions) although not perfect because no one will see them.

I didn’t need to drill any pocket holes for this because I could just screw them in into the table top, as long as the screws weren’t long enough to puncture the top or side skirts.

I did use a ton of wood glue again.

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Here is a blueprint of our Rock Solid kitchen table!

How to Sand a DIY Wood Kitchen table

Now that the table has been completed, I started to sand a wipe the table down.

I started with a course sandpaper in 60 grit to smooth deeper scratches in the wood then transitioned to a higher grit sandpaper.

After sanding with 60 grit, I used 150 grit sandpaper then 220 grit sandpaper to smooth these areas that were deeply sanded.

For all other areas that just needed a light sanding, I used a fine 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface, so the stain and paint would really stick.

How to Stain a Rustic Wood Kitchen Table

The stain has a strong odor because the stain is oil based, so make sure windows at least a few windows are open while staining and you wear an N95 mask and gloves. 

Next take a rag and wipe down the table to make sure all the sanding table has been removed.

Now that the table has been wiped clean, you can begin staining.

Grab an old t-shirt or a brush then apply a thin coat of stain in the same direction of the grain of the wood.

Let the stain sit for a few seconds then lightly wipe the stain with a t-shirt or rag.

Apply as many coats of stain as you need to achieve the color you prefer, but wait at least an hour in between coats, so the stain applies evenly.

The Varathane Stain and Poly already had a clear coat built into the stain, so no need to apply a clear topcoat.

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Rustic Wood Kitchen Table!

Rustic Wood Kitchen Table

The best thing about this table are all of the imperfections and flaws because I used basic wood planks with knots, holes, and nicks already showing.

Since I have small children, it makes their spills and scratches just add character to this table.

I built a bench to go along with this diy wood kitchen table because it saved space.

When all is said it done, this table seats 6 comfortably and leaves plenty of room for serving dishes in the center.

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Wood Kitchen Table for Beginners

If you liked this project, you might also want to check out our Rustic Farmhouse Console Table.

How to make our custom bench for any space in your home!

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