This small sturdy Breakfast Table is a great option for a dining/breakfast area. A place where you can create memories with your family while enjoying a nice meal. I built this table using just 2x6s and 4x4s costing me about $70 of material. Farmhouse furniture is so in style right now, and you can build your own for a great price. Also, another plus to DIY is you can stain or paint it whatever color you like. Enjoy building.
Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Cut the Long Base Board
First, start with building the table legs. Take 4×4 and cut one piece to 44” in length at 45° miter cut on both ends, see picture. Then measure 9 3/4″ from each end of the board to the center of the notch. Cut out 3 ½” wide and 1 ¾” deep notch using a Miter Saw or a Skill Saw.
If you’re using a miter saw, you should have a lever that sets the depth of the blade. Once you set the depth of where the blade should stop, then make multiple passes with the blade through the notch area. Then take a chisel and remove the wood pieces. You could also do the same thing with a skill saw, but setting the depth and cutting through the notch area multiple times.
Step 2 – Cut the Short Base Boards
Now take another 4×4 board and cut two pieces to 22” in length with a 45° miter cut on both ends. Find the center of the board and cut 3 ½” wide by 1 ¾” deep notch, similar to step 1.
Step 3 – Cut the Vertical Legs
Next, take 4×4 and six pieces to 27 1/2″ in length having only one side at 45° miter cut and the other side at 90° crosscut. Then using Kreg Jig, drill 2 pocket holes on each side of the 90° crosscut. Make sure the Kreg Jig is set for 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Step 4 – Attach the Base Pieces of the Table
Sand all the boards using a random orbital sander with 80 grit sand disk. Then apply some wood glue inside the notch and insert the bottom leg pieces together. Secure the legs with 3″ wood screws as shown in the picture. Make sure to have the screws at the bottom so that they are not visible.
Step 5 – Attach the Vertical Legs to the Base
Next, attach the vertical legs to the bottom base. Pre-drill the bottom section using 1/8 drill bit before screwing in the screws. This will prevent the wood from splitting especially that these screws are on the edge of the board. Apply wood glue and attach the legs using 3″ wood screws.
Step 6 – Cut Table Top Boards
Take 2×6 and cut five pieces to 45” in length. Then using Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes in four of the boards. The fifth board does not need any pocket holes.
Step 7 – Assemble Top Boards Together
Apply wood glue at each seam then clamp the boards together with pipe clamps. Screw-in the boards with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Once the top is assembled together, cut off 1/2″ from on end and 1/2″ from the other end. Now the total length of the top should be 44″. By cutting 1/2″ with on both sides makes the table ends nice and straight for the breadboards.
Step 8 – Drill Pocket Holes for Breadboard
Once you cut off 1/2″ on both sides, drill pocket holes on the ends of the tabletop to attach the breadboards.
Step 9 – Attach Breadboards
Measure the width of the table and cut two breadboards. Attach breadboards with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Step 10 – Attach Legs to Table Top
Finally, attach the legs to the tabletop with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Then paint/stain and you’re done with this DIY breakfast table.