How to Make an Oval Dining Room Table

Building your own oval dining room table is a simple weekend project.

Building your own dining room table is so simple, the whole family can help.Building your own dining room table is so simple, the whole family can help.
Choosing to make the table yourself instead of buying a pre-made one from a store gives you several advantages. For example, it is far more economically efficient. Also, building it yourself allows you to customize the table. You can choose to use inexpensive particle board or plywood to build the main table top, or you can use a more expensive hardwood, if you please. This means that there is an oval dining room table for every taste and budget.

Purchase a large panel of 3/4-inch-thick wood. It can be any type of wood. Hardwood is best if you intend to leave a natural finish. Plywood is best if you want to paint your table.

Use the jig saw to cut the 3/4-inch wood panel into an oval. Drawing a large rectangle and rounding the edges is the easiest way to do this.

Use the jig saw to cut the 4-by-4-inch lumber into four legs. Make them as tall as you want the table to sit.

Cut the 6-by-1-inch lumber into four square panels that measure 6 inches in length and width. These will serve to connect the legs to the table. Use wood glue and screws to secure each 6-by-6 panel to the top of each leg.

Put the tabletop upside down on a clean surface. Slightly in from each corner, attach the legs to the table. Use wood glue on the 6-by-6-inch panels attached to the top of the legs and secure them to the underside of the table, using screws.

Stand the table right side up. Use the level to ensure the table is straight.

Sand the entire table, including the legs.

Apply a coat of varnish, and allow to dry according to the instructions on the package.

Add another coat of varnish, making sure to concentrate on the table top, as that is the area that will receive the most damage and wear.

Things You Will Need

  • Large panel of 3/4-inch wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • 4-by-4 lumber
  • 6-by-1-inch wood panels
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Level
  • Varnish

Tip

  • You can have a wood panel cut professionally into an oval at any local hardware store.

Warning

  • Always read all instructions when using power tools such as a power drill.

About the Author

Sofia Rodrigues has been writing professionally for six years and has worked for various print and online magazines, including "Make" and Guttersnipe. Her field of expertise ranges from early childhood development to sports and comedy writing. She studied semiotics and English at the University of Toronto.