We had a recent reader, Virgil L., ask if we had plans for a dining table. After some email communication, he made it clear that he was looking for a relatively simple rectangle table that could be taken apart to enable it to easily fit through a door. In addition to that Virgil wanted something that was “not terribly complicated and a little cheaper.”. I think that we can all relate to that when it comes to woodworking projects. You might build high end furniture with the most difficult techniques, but every once in a while you’ll want something that isn’t too complicated and serves a great function. Heck, I just built a small 4′ bench that acts as a bench, or a perfect platform to paint.
Back to the dining table. With Virgil’s request, we searched for a simple table that could fit through a door and that might be economical. We came up with a couple of plans and, as with most woodworking plans, they might not be perfect but when combined, they should add up to the perfect plan for you.
Dining Table Plan 1 – Trestle Table with Pre-Fab Parts
The first dining table comes from This Old House. I was rather surprised at this one, but Tom Silva does some terrific stuff. He is a real pro with home renovation and construction, but he also gets it done in the workshop. His dining table plan calls for some off the shelf products that aren’t necessarily made to be used for a dining table. For example, the 2 pedestal legs are pre-fab newel posts for a stair along with corbels that would normally be used on the exterior of a house. Talk about speeding up the build! Take a look at the following picture. You can click the image for the full how-to at This Old House.
Dining Table Plan 2 – DIY Dining Set
The following plan is from the fine folks at Lowe’s Creative Ideas. What I love about the Lowe’s plans is that just about anyone can build them and you can walk into Lowe’s with your material list and walk out with everything you need.
This plan calls for a table that is traditional in that it has 4 outer legs. The nice thing is that the legs are removable with simple hardware. I don’t like the style of the benches, but that is simply a matter of taste. Besides, we are building a table here…right?
Click on the image for the full plans at the Lowe’s Creative Ideas site. There is a how-to video for this table as well.
Enjoy building your dining table! Virgil, we hope this helps.
PS: If you are looking for a very detailed, and challenging, dining table plan take a look at these additional designs:
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