DIY Rustic-Modern Dining Table

DIY Rustic-Modern Dining Table

This wood dining table is the perfect blend between rustic and modern. The best part? It's totally DIYable!   

Found on German decor site Brigitte.de, this is a pretty straightforward project. You'll need very basic woodworking skills, a saw, wood glue, clamps, and screws. The trestle legs can be found at IKEA (or a similar shop). Check out Brigitte.de for more (and a rough Google translation if you'd like), but the main gist is this: cut alternating lengths of pine 2x4s for the top, screw and glue them together, then attach long pieces on the sides and ends to create the illusion of three layers (the top is actually only one). Find some trestle legs you like, attach them, and BAM! You've got yourself a stylish DIY dining table. Pretty cool, right??

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Anonymous on Sep 25, 2012:

These aren't 2x4s, they're 1x2s first off and you can always use beeswax to keep it from getting any water stains or real wear.

Chel on Jun 09, 2012:

I once stripped down an old oak table. Instead of using varnish or French Polish I simply oiled it with boiled linseed oil. Put it on with a rag and leave it overnight. On new wood'newly scrubbed down wood this may be done two or three times to feed it well. Then I used old-fashioned was furniture polish. Put that on with a rag and walk away for half an hour, when you return it comes up to a deep shine with only the lightest of rubs. With two babies coming close together this table got a lot of mess three times a day without harm. I re-oiled once or twice a year as the wood started to look dry after cleaning and waxed it once a month. Ordinarily I wiped it down with a very slightly damp cloth after meals. If there was anything stubborn I used white vinegar diluted with three parts water. I always finished with a dry teatowel to make sure it didn't stay wet. Any spilt juice/gravy &c simply sat on the surface so I could mop it up without damage. Twenty years on and its still good.

CapreeK on May 30, 2012:

Di - I hope no one is cleaning this with sandpaper! Personally, I don't think the maintenance would really be that big of a deal or even that much more than a regular, flat wooden table. But I can see where you're coming from and respect your opinion!

Di on May 30, 2012:

Thanks for comment, but I think that principe "design for design" dont work for kitchen table.Cleaning table with vacuum and for example sandpaper? No comments more.

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CapreeK on May 29, 2012:

Gina - It is on the Curbly pinterest boards, but we'd love for you to pin it to your own if you'd like! :)

Gina Johnson on May 29, 2012:

I love this table! Is this up on the Curbly (or another) Pinterest board? If not, I'll totally put it up.

CapreeK on May 29, 2012:

Di - Good point! You could easily seal the table to help with coffee stains and the like. But, like you said, the edges would be a little tricky to dust -- still dustable with a clean cloth, though! For the corners, an occassional vacuum with a brush attachment might do the trick? Still, something to think about. Thanks for the comment!

Di on May 29, 2012:

I mean - how do you will clean pixelated sides of the table from dirt and dust (or spilled coffee :) ? For me the concept of table  - easy to clean surface and ergonomic shape. 

CapreeK on May 28, 2012:

Di - I'm not sure I understand how this table is impractical exactly. Would you mind clarifying? I find it both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Di on May 28, 2012:

This "cool" table is impractical for home. Its good only for exhibition. (oh! pretty! so cool! etc)

CapreeK on May 27, 2012:

Since the directions aren't explicit, I can totally understand how the amount of materials needed could be confusing. To clarify, just the top (first layer) of wood is solid. The second and third layers along the length of the table, as well as the staggered end pieces, are "faux" layers, meaning they do not span the whole width of the table. So, it looks like you'd need about (20) 2x4s: 15 for the top, 4 for the sides, and 1 to cut up to form the end bits. Hope that helps! :)

jocelyne on May 25, 2012:

pretty expensive for a DIY   15 x 3  = 45 2x4 which would have to be a good quality and 8 ft at least to do this - surely there are cheaper ways to create a DIY table top

CapreeK on May 25, 2012:

Aidel - Haha! The goat part was pretty awesome. ;)

Aidel.K on May 25, 2012:

I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and loved it! Nice summary of the translation. (My favorite part of the translation was something about putting a goat below. I figured it was sawhorse.)

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