How to Build a Drop Leaf Table

A drop leaf table is very good for small spaces because the sides of this table can be collapsed, giving the user extra space in the room. This is how the table gets its name. The table can be made using basic supplies from the hardware store.

Tools and Materials Needed:d

  • Electric drill
  • Different sizes of screws
  • Plywood
  • Board
  • Butcher paper
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Electric circular saw
  • Wood stain
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 drop-leaf table hinges

Step 1 - Cut the Wood Sheets

Saw the 8 foot by 4 foot sheet of wood into 4 foot by 4 foot sheets. This will serve as the top part of the drop leaf table. Cut the 2 inch by 4 inch boards into 4, 36 inch long pieces and 2 6 inch pieces with a saw. The long pieces would be the legs of the table and the 2, 6 pieces would be utilized later on in the process.

Step 2 - Tarnishing Legs of Table

Tarnish the legs and allow them to dry properly.

Step 3 - Sand the Edges

Once done, sand the edges of the wood. Place down the sheets of wood on each other, so that they are able to form 1, 8 foot by 4 foot piece and place the center a foot away right from the edges of the table and cut them. Screw them with the help of screws and a drill machine. Once this step has been undertaken, you will have two sheets of wood joined with the hinges.

Step 4 - Screwing Legs

Then you require choosing one of the sides to be the top of the drop leaf table. On the side chosen, place the table legs from each of the edges on either side of the leg. Then screw each leg in from the top of the table with the help of the screws and the drill machine and perform this step for all the table legs.

Step 5 - Screwing Wood Pieces

Then get hold of 2 pieces of 6 inch by 4 inch board and place them right next to the hinges on the bottom of the table top, with 2 inches right on the table and 4 inches on the drop leaf side. With the help of a drill machine, screw them utilizing the 4 inch screws. These pieces of wood should be able to rotate when you put the leaf down.

Step 6 - Getting the Base Ready

Then all you need to do is to turn the table onto its leg with the drop leaf popped right up. There you go with your table base. Now it’s time to cut the surface, so place down the rolls of the board. Both the rolls should be able to fit properly on each of the sides of the table top.

Step 7 - Staple the Board Down

With the help of a staple gun, staple the board down.

Step 8 - Placing the Butcher Paper

Place down the butcher paper on the board and smooth it out. Trim it with about an inch past where leafs are split. Fold it naturally and cut the edge of the paper, in order to make it a smooth edge. Staple the other sides of the paper down under the side of the table legs too and perform the same thing with the other side as well.