How to Build a DIY Dining Table & Benches

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Learn how to build a beautiful dining set with these step by step instructions. Find project details here:

Assemble your table base upside down on a flat surface. After cutting your aprons and legs to size and drilling pocket holes, attach a long and short apron to one leg. The outside face of the leg and the outside face of the aprons should be offset by about 1/4 inch. Use glue and pocket hole screws to secure the parts.

Add a second leg to the short apron, followed by the remaining long apron. When those have been secured, add the remaining legs and short apron.

Flip the table upright and cut 4 corner braces that will reinforce the leg joint. Glue the braces in each corner and secure with screws. Drill pilot holes and drive screws and washers into each leg.

Cut the stretchers to length, drill pocket holes, and install between the long aprons by attaching with pocket screws. Cut the top slats to size, sand, and apply stain and clear finish. Place the two scrap boards in the floor and place the top slats with the best face down on the scraps. Make sure the ends are flush.

Center the table base on the slats and secure them with pocket screws. Complete the table by adding furniture glides to the bottom of the legs.

To make the bench, make the end assemblies by cutting a 6 degree angle on the top ends of the legs. Place them on your bench with a 1/4 inch spacer between the legs. Center the leg brace on the legs with the bottom flush and trace the angles of the legs onto the brace. Remove the brace, cut the top shape with the jig saw, center the brace back on the legs and secure with screws.

Secure a stretcher to one of the leg assemblies with glue and screws. Add the remaining leg and stretcher. Cut the seat slats, sand and finish. Position the first slat on the bench. Secure with pocket screws. Add the second seat slat and screws.

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