Restoration Hardware Inspired Dining Table

July 10, 2014
When Josh & I first got married we moved into a one bedroom apartment. Needless to say, the apartment was tiny! We purchased a dining table that only sat four. We purchased our house about seven months later and brought the small table with us. For the last seven & half years we’ve found ways to make all of our parties and get togethers work with a small table. Secretly I was swooning over a large dining table that Restoration Hardware sells for $3900.  No chairs are included. There was no way I was even going to consider a table for that price. After a little planning, we decided to make our own! We found the initial plans here. We have a narrow dining room, so we made our table to measure 5.5 feet long by 4 feet wide. This table can easily be enlarged or shortened. We also decided to add wooden dowels on the ends as well as the pocket head screws for extra support. Here is a list of the tool brands we used as well as links for where to buy.Tools needed:
12in. Compound Miter Saw
Jig for pocket holes
Cordless Drill
2 1/2 inch Pocket hole screws
1 1/2 inch Pocket hole screws
Wooden dowels
 Wood Glue
80 grit, 120 grit, & 220 grit sand paper
Clamps
Palm Sander
Belt Sander

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We purchased most of our lumber at Home Depot. We purchased the 4×4’s at Peach State Lumber. You want to use untreated wood only! We made two benches as well. The plans for those are here. This plan calls for 3 -2×4’s as the seat. We used 2 -2×8’s instead. These went better with table top. A similar bench can be found at Pottery Barn for $499. We made each of ours for $15. We used a wood conditioner on the table and benches before we stained them. We used Rust-Oleum’s dark walnut stain and Rust-Oleum’s matte polyurethane.
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After almost 40 hours of work, five trips to Home Depot, and 1 fireworks show we had our table! I’m absolutely in love! Our finally cost for the table and two benches was $170. You can’t beat that!  Josh & I have already begun planning out next furniture project. We’ve always loved working on projects togethers. It’s a fun hobby & allows us to spend quality time together. We make a good team!
-Amanda

2 Comments

  • Reply Stacey February 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I absolutely love this! We have four small kids and our table has taken a beating. Yet, I’d love to have something more our style. Our table and chairs were a wedding gift from a very generous aunt, but it just isn’t what I really prefer. We aren’t very crafty people, but maybe we can pull this off.

    • Reply TheTaleofanUglyHouse February 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Stacey! We had some a lot of our furniture given to us or purchased from yard sales. So I completely know the feeling. This table was actually one of our first furniture builds. It is actually not too difficult at all. If you have the right tools you can do it! Just take your time and not rush it.

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