How to Build a DIY Breakfast Table

DIY Breakfast Table

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.

DIY Breakfast Table
DIY Breakfast Table

Breakfast Table PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

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Breakfast Table

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DIY Breakfast Table dimensions

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. 

long base leg for the DIY Breakfast Table
legs for the breakfast table
cutting notch in the wood with miter saw

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.

base legs for the DIY Breakfast Table
cut wood for notch
using wood chisel to clean notch
base legs for DIY Breakfast Table

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.  

legs for DIY Breakfast Table
legs for DIY Breakfast Table
drilling pocket holes in 4x4

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.

attaching base boards together
sanding 4x4 wood blocks
attaching base legs together for breakfast table
applying glue inside the notch of the base
attaching base together for DIY Breakfast Table

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.

attaching legs to the base
attaching legs to the base of the DIY Breakfast Table

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. 

boards for the table top

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. 

drilling pocket holes for DIY Breakfast Table
clamping table top together

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.

drilling pocket holes for the table top
drilling pocket holes in the table top

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.

table top of the breakfast table
table top for the breakfast table

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.

attaching legs to the table top
DIY Breakfast Table

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