Hey Everyone!! Hope your new year is off to a great start and you are punching all your goals in the face!!😁👊 I have already missed about 10 goals that I set for myself this last month…but then again, who sets that many goals in one month anyway? 🙋😂 As usual, one of my goals is to post far more often and far more consistently here on my blog…but seeing as this is my FIRST post and the first month is already over…I am failing!! But, this is a great post that I am pretty excited to share! I built this DIY round pedestal dining table and it challenged me to try several new things that I have not tried before! So check out my new favorite dining table!! Lol!!
As a member of the Sawdust Squad (a mentor group started by Sandra who owns the blog Sawdustgirl.com) Sandra is pushing us to try new woodworking techniques each month and giving us all the help and encouragement we need along the way! I couldn’t be happier that Sandra has taken us under her wing and offered to mentor us on anything and everything remodeling, woodworking, blogging and more! I am behind a few months since my Grandma passed away, but a few months ago we were challenged to use a wood joinery technique that was new to us! I chose the half-lap joint because I had this table in the back of my mind for months but knew to support the concrete top that I wanted to give it, I was probably going to need something a little bit sturdier than just pocket holes! Although I did still use them on the more decorative parts to keep them in place! Lol! So if you want all the information of how I cut my half-lap joints, make sure and check it out on Sawdustgirl.com
BTW, If you would like to visit the blogs of the other bloggers that are in my mentor group here are their links…trust me, you won’t regret heading over and checking their blogs out…well, your project list may grow tremendously, but hey, it’s worth it!! 😉
Timisha – Toolbox Divas
Mindi – My Love 2 Create
Shara – Woodshop Diaries
Alright, now where was I? Oh yeah, telling you all about this little beauty!
I am slightly smitten with her!!
I bet you are thinking, “Would you stop talking and show me how to build one?” I read your mind, right?😜
Well, here you go! I am going to break up the base building from the concrete top, so if you aren’t interested in building the base, here’s the link to the Round Concrete Top Tutorial!
Free printable plans can be downloaded within the next day or two and will be found right here!
Building the Base of the Dining Table
– 3 – 4x4x8
-2 – 2x2x8
-3 3/4″ screws
-countersink drill bit
-4 – 4×4 @ 27 1/2″ I ripped mine down to 3″x3″ instead of 3.5″x3.5″ (I used scrap pieces of 4×4 that I had, they were all already 27 1/2″ you can make these a little longer if you prefer, you have plenty of board for it)
-4 – 4×4 @ 22 1/2″
-2 – 2×2 @ 26 5/8″ (make sure and measure this for yourself, do not cut before putting the 4x4s together)!
-4 – 2×2 @ your measurement – they were all ever so slightly different (make sure and measure this for yourself, do not cut before putting the 4x4s together)!
Alright, getting started on this table, as I mentioned earlier, Sandra wanted us to step out of our comfort zones to try something new…you know how good I am at that?! Not good at all really!! Lol!! So I wanted to try a half-lap joint because I knew it would be the only way to support the concrete top having the wooden cross in the middle. I have an extensive post on cutting the half-lap joints on Sandra’s site and I suggest you take a look at that post if you haven’t ever cut half-lap joints! I’ll wait for you to check it out and come back!
You back now?! Okay, so now that you know how to cut a half-lap joint and where we used them, you will have two pieces that look like this!
And when you put them together they should look a little something like this!
I wanted to have angled ends so I cut them at 30 degrees off square I believe! Leaving a 1/2″ at the bottom uncut.
Make sure that when you make the angled cuts you cut the opposite sides, one goes upside down on the other, remember! Use ample wood glue to make this one strong joint!
Copy this same process again to make another X just like it! Then you will have a top and bottom to your table base!
Using the 4x4s @ 22 1/2″ I placed two in between the top and bottom of the table base, using 3 3/4″ screws and my handy dandy countersink bit to make sure the screws were not sticking up at all! I sat the legs back a 1/2″ from where the angled ended on the top and bottom.
I only screwed in two boards at first to make it easier when cutting the first X. So once I had the legs in I measured for the Xs…make sure and measure your own piece as a slight 1/8″ off on where you placed your leg can make a difference in the size you need to cut your X!
I forgot to take a picture while I was cutting the boards for the Xs…basically I just did the whole, set the board up against the opening and trace the angles onto the boards, take it outside and find the angle using the miter saw! LoL! It works pretty well actually! I lost my paper with all the angles, and I actually built the base back in November…I’m pretty certain the angles were cut at 30 degrees off square but make sure and check it the same way I mentioned above!
This first X was half-lapped in the post I did for Sandra as well, so make sure and take another peek at that post if you need help!
Not bad for my very first angled half-lap joint, I’ll surely take it! I glued this in without any screws because I just couldn’t get any tool in this working space…so if you have a way…please share it with me!! LoL!!
Next, I added the other two legs and screwed them in, so I could cut my other X…this one did not get a fancy half lap though…I could not even wrap my head around how to make them all fit! So I pieced them together!
The four smallest pieces, of course, took me the longest to cut! 😬 Getting the angles right was not the easiest task! But I managed and now I can hopefully save you a few minutes by not having to figure them out! They are cut on one end at 28 degrees off square and the other end is cut at 62 degrees off square. You will probably notice that your saw doesn’t cut 62 degrees off square, but it easily can but simply clamping a board up against the fence as I did in the pics below and turning your miter saw to 28 degrees off square!
Now, you have to meet the two pieces on each side and trim their angles a little! I just marked the middle of my other X to know where to trim, it is cut at the same angle 62 degrees off square!
They will all look like this!
To attach all these pieces I used lots of wood glue of course, and one pocket hole on each end of the pieces (the ones touching the top and bottom, not the ones in the center!) I just clamped all the ones in the center with ample wood glue!
I gave it a light sand and finished it in Briarsmoke by Varathane! I Love the color of Briarsmoke, it has a true gray-brown to it in real life, I know the pics look like it’s really brown, but it is much more gray than it looks, I promise!
Didn’t she turn out so beautiful?!
Don’t mind me, I’ll just be sitting here waiting on summer so I can have picnics on the front porch with my kiddos!! Lol!!
Get the instructions for the DIY round concrete top! And, If you are interested in other concrete projects I have done, here are a few you may want to check out!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!