I wanted to design a DIY Kitchen Table for our house that is built from basic construction lumber but has a different look than just a standard farmhouse style. Building the curved legs took a little bit of time to make, but I like how they turned out.
The best part of this project is to make the marble stone coat epoxy. This was our first epoxy project. My wife and I had a lot of fun making the tabletop design. For those of you who never tried using epoxy, there is a lot of information on the Stone Coat Countertops website. It doesn’t take much experience to make beautiful designs. Also, the price is substantially better than the traditional marble top.
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Step 1 – Print a Template and Cut Out First Leg Piece
First, print out the template. You will need to print this on a large format printer. The template paper size is 42″x30″. Cut out the leg template with scissors and place it on the top left side of the 3/4″ plywood. With a pencil trace the template. Use jig saw and/or band saw to cut this first piece. Then use a random orbital sander and sand any rough edges. This first piece is important to get an accurate shape because it will be used as a template for all other leg pieces.
Step 2 – Cut Out Middle Leg Support
Similar to step 1, cut out the middle leg support template with scissors. Place it on the lower right side of the plywood sheet. Cut it out and sand the edges to make it perfect.
Step 3 – Layout all Pieces on One Sheet of Plywood
Once you get the first leg and middle support template adjusted to the desired look, then place the template on the plywood and trace it with a pencil. Layout all the pieces as shown on the cut list. All pieces should fit on one 4’x8′ sheet of plywood.
Step 4 – Cut Out All the Pieces to Match the Original Template
Use a combination of jig saw and band saw to cut all the pieces. Cut them slightly larger than the pencil mark since this will be the first rough cut. Place the original template on the bottom and a rough piece on the top. Clamp the two pieces together and with a router that has a flush-trim router bit, go over the perimeter of the leg. This will make the rough cut piece exactly like the original template.
Step 5 – Glue Together Four Pieces per Leg
Each leg will have four plywood pieces. Glue them together using wood glue and brad nails to hold it in place. Clamp all pieces together and let the glue dry.
Step 6 – Cut 45 Degree Angle on the Leg
Place one leg on a flat surface and draw two points as shown in the picture. Using a table saw cut at 45° from one point to the other. I placed the leg on the table saw and attached a plank of wood with a Nail Gun that goes into the miter slot. This makes the cut straight.
Step 7 – Trim Two of the Middle Support Pieces
Now place one leg on the edge of the middle support piece and trace a line following the arc of the leg. Trim on both ends with a jig saw. Do this to two of the middle supports and leave the original uncut.
Step 8 – Attach One Leg to the Middle Support
Take one of the legs and glue it to the original middle support. Use a Nail Gun with brad nails to secure the leg in place.
Step 9 – Glue the Trimmed Middle Support
Next, glue the trimmed middle support over of the original middle support. Also, use brad nails to hold it in place.
Step 10 – Attach and Glue the Remaining Legs
Then glue the remaining legs to the middle leg support. Clamp all the pieces and let the glue dry.
Step 11 – Cut Table Top from MDF Plywood
Now take MDF plywood and cut 66×36 tabletop piece as well as side pieces, as shown in the picture.
Step 12 – Attach Bottom Frame to Tabletop
Now cut 2x4s as shown on the picture and drill pocket holes. Place the 2×4 frame in the center of the MDF plywood and attach it using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Step 13 – Apply Stone Coat Epoxy to Tabletop and Side Pieces
To get the marble effect on this DIY kitchen table, I used Stone Coat Countertops products. First, use white paint & primer-in-one and apply two coats on the MDF tabletop and let it dry. Then mix 1/2 a gallon of part A and 1/2 a gallon of part B epoxy with a helix paint mixer for a good 5 minutes. Add white tint base into the epoxy and mix some more. Then spread the epoxy over the tabletop and the side panels. Spay some black and brown metallic colors (mixed with 91% isopropyl alcohol) on the table. Use a blow dryer to spread the colors until you get the desired look. Use a torch to go over the table to get rid of any bubbles. Let it dry for 24 hours. After the epoxy dries glue the MDF sides to the 2×4 frame.
Step 14 – Attach 2×4 to Top of Legs for Support
Cut two of the 2×4 pieces to 28 1/2″ in length, then attach it to the top of the legs using 2 1/2″ wood screws.
Step 15 – Attach Legs to the Tabletop
Attach the legs to the tabletop using 2″ wood screws. You could also drill pocket holes and attach it to the frame. That’s all, you’re done with the DIY Kitchen Table!