Awhile back, we decided that we needed a big table. So naturally, I wanted to make a HUGE table! And then I couldn’t decide on a rectangular table, or a square table. Thus, the idea for these modular tables was born! The set consists of 3 tables: one large one and two smaller ones. They can be configured in a number of different ways to fit your needs. The two main ways are to be assembled as a large square, or lined up for more of a banquet style table. There are lots of other ways as well (but more on that later).
I’ll be showing you the basics of building them, but for more details, here are the plans.
These tables are made up mostly of 2×4’s, 2×6’s, and a couple 1×4’s (see plans for details). The other materials you need are:
- Figure 8 Tabletop Fasteners
- Locking 2” Casters
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” wood screws
- 2” wood screws
- Wood glue, rated for outdoor use
- Countersink drill bit
- Kreg Jig
- Miter saw or table saw
- Circle saw
- Tape measure
Start by getting all of your lumber. I bought everything (for all 3 tables) at the same time to save a couple trips to the store.
I find I get best results when I lay out the lumber first. This way you can pick the best layout to hide any imperfections in the wood and eliminate more work later on.
Mark all of your cut marks and use the miter saw to make your cuts. Once all the cuts are made, I like to sand all the pieces before assembling. It’s quicker and easier (and saves your back).
Next, mark all of your pocket hole placements. It will go much faster if you can knock them out all at the same time.
Make all of your pocket holes using your Kreg Jig.
Since this will be an outside table for us, I used this glue.
I have found that it’s easier to assemble it upside down to ensure that the stretchers will fit flush with the base.
For the x brace in the middle, make your cuts at 30 degrees. I recommend making these cuts when you get to this step since they need to be very precise and you can measure perfectly now that the base is assembled.
Now that the base is assembled, add these figure 8 fasteners to attach the tabletop later:
Now to assemble the tabletop! I glued each 2×6 one at a time, clamped them together, then added the pocket hole screws.
At this point, the ends of the tabletops might not be flush. You can use your circle saw and a straight edge (or this track) to clean up the ends.
Now that the large table is built, use pretty much the same process to build the smaller two tables. Give it all a good sand, then stain it and seal it with this spar urethane if it will be outside. I got this look by applying this stain and letting it dry. I then added this stain and almost immediately wiping off the excess. It adds a lot of dimension and texture!
You can assemble them as a square:
Or as more of a banquet style seating:
Or you can have a smaller table with a buffet:
Or a larger table with a smaller buffet:
Or every parent’s favorite: the kids table!