How to Make a Dining Room Table out of Reclaimed Wood (pt. 1 of 3) How to Make a Dining Room Table out of Reclaimed Wood (pt. 1 of 3)

What You'll Need
Wood clamps
Drill bits
Power saw
Wood glue

You can make your own traditional, wood dining room table with reclaimed wood and still have a beautiful table. Contrary to what some people think, a table made from reclaimed wood does not have to look like the sun bleached and dried out side of a barn. Likewise, you do not have to be concerned that because your table is constructed from old wood, it will be weakened and warped from age. If you choose the right wood, you can build a beautiful, straight, and strong dining room table out of reclaimed wood. Follow the simple steps below to get started.

Step 1 – Choose the Table Style You Prefer

Before searching for old wood for your table, stop and consider what you'll want the table to look like. Will you want it more polished and modern in appearance, or more rustic? Consider other furniture in your house that your table will need to match. If you want a finished look, choose old wood that is harder and will finish well, such as oak, maple, etc. For something more rustic, look for wood with a more rough and unfinished edge that you can clean up but still leave looking rustic when it is finished.

Step 2 - Start With a Frame

Creating your table frame might be the most challenging part of building a table. But to create a beautiful table with a rustic look, you don't have to build the frame yourself. You can almost always find a good table frame already built from old wood. To find a good table frame made of reclaimed wood, try checking with a reclaimed wood resource such as the BMRA (Building Materials Reuse Association). Typically, they will be able to help you locate a local dealer where you can purchase reclaimed wood or wood furniture. If that fails to produce your needed frame, try making the rounds of yard sales, especially in some of your more rural communities.

Step 3 – Strength and Durability

If you plan to use a solid, heavy piece of wood—such as a large tree trunk that can be cut, trimmed and finished, you will need a base or frame that will sustain a heavier weight. Such a table top could weigh as much as 200 pounds. If the heavier table is your choice, be sure you use a hardwood frame or base. If you plan on building your base, plan on using hardwood lumber. You can almost always find lumber reclaimed hardwood at a local wood supplier. Plan, also, on having tools designed to work with hardwood, such as blades for your circular saw, jointer and router.

Step 4 – Choosing the Right Wood

To build your table of old wood, you should be sure to choose the right wood, both for your frame and for your table top. The type of wood you choose will not only determine the durability of your table once it's built, but it will also give you the color, wood grain pattern and the assurance that the table will not warp as it grows older.

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