I often feel a little less than happy when I walk into a furniture store and see the prices people pay for bespoke dining tables. Some extend into literally thousands of pounds and for what? Just so you can sit and eat your dinner around it?
Well, you’ll be glad to know that as a trained carpenter I’m more than capable of creating furniture just as well designed and constructed for only a fraction of the cost you’d expect to pay when shopping for top brands. So, you’d probably like to know how I do it, right? Okay, i’ll let you in on a few of my top tricks and secrets that are guaranteed to help you create a truly fabulous bespoke table.
Before You Begin
It’s important that you first draw out a plan of your table before buying any of the material. This will allow you to mess about with it’s design without losing money every time you make an adjustment.
Where To Start
Firstly, you’ll need to ensure you have all the tools needed to complete the job. So, you want a chisel, a hand-held belt sander, a pocket hole jig, a glue gun, and a drill. Once you’ve obtained all those tools you’re ready to source your material. I usually use construction grade timber as it’s very easy to find and incredibly cheap to buy. Simply take a trip to see your local building supplies merchant and see what deals they can offer you. Remember, you need enough wood for the top of your table and the four legs, so decide on your measurements. Also, the people who run your local lumber yard will usually be more than happy to cut your timber to size, so don’t forget to ask them.
What To Do Next
Now you’ve got all the relevant tools to hand and your wood has been cut to the correct sizes the whole process becomes a little bit like a jigsaw. Simply take your pocket hole jig and clamp it onto your first table leg piece, then use this as a guide to drill into your tabletop. Repeat the process for each leg until all connecting holes have been drilled. We use pocket holes to hide unsightly screws, nuts, and bolts, so don’t skip this step or your bespoke dining table won’t look as cool.
Now your pocket holes are drilled it’s simply a case of turning your tabletop upside down and screwing the legs into place. It’s important that you also utilise your glue gun at this stage as well to help increase the strength. Want some cool glue gun tips? Okay, try buying your glue sticks in bulk as they only cost a few pence anyway, and also, be very careful when using this device as any glue that lands on your body is very likely to result in a trip to hospital.
So long as your wood has been cut correctly you shouldn’t encounter any problems with this step. Next you’ll want to sand and then stain your table using specially designed wood-stain. It doesn’t really matter which brand you use, just see what works best for you.
And there you have it my friends. You should now have a bespoke dining table that looks far more expensive than it cost, making your friends will be insanely jealous.