Posted 28 Oct 2018
My wife (AJ) found this beautiful round dining table at crate and barrel that would sit 4 people, with the extension leaf it can seat a total of 6 people. Though it was priced about right. I figured if we build one ourself, it would help start building my anemic tool collection and get me used to wood work. Ours is a 100 year old house and there is a ton of work to keep it in a good shape. So IMO it made total sense to build it.
On the other hand, AJ wasn’t entirely convinced as it would be our first mid-level project, so far our DIY was limited to painting cabinets and walls. I promised her if I screwed up, I will buy her dream dining table from crate and barrel.
Her dream table from crate and barrel 500$,
I researched into different blogs, Ana white had some amazing round table complete with plans. I picked this plan:Round Table Plan . One minor issue, none of her plans had extension leafs (at least not when I looked at it). My project manager a.k.a my wife wouldn’t sign off on one without extension leaf also she had very specific size requirements to fit in our smaller kitchen - had to be 54 inch with leaf insert. Without extension 4 people and with extension 6 people.
Here goes my journey:
Little math if you want to save wood and cuts, use the formula to find the length of a chord.
We know the radius and the perpendicular distance from the chord to the circle center, then using the following formula
I didn’t buy a mitre saw, in hindsight it might have made things a lot easier.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your pocket holes are further from the circle edge, so when you cut your cirle the screws don’t stick out. For 2x6” boards, use 2 1⁄2” pocket hole screws
To draw the circle,
a) cut a piece of string to the radius of your table. b) put a nail in the center of your middle boards c) tie the string to the nail and on the other end a pencil or pen, draw a circle
d) Cut a circle along the draw line using Jigsaw
e) Build pedestal center Cut 2x3 and 2x6 to length, glue it together, use brad nails
f) Build foot and top Cut 2x6 to length, glue it, add brad nails and angle cut the edge to a smooth curve
Attach 1x6 to bottom of the foot (do this only for the 4 foot pieces)
Images from Ana-white’s plans
Attach the feet to the column with glue and screws so that the main middle column protrudes 3⁄4” past the feet so that it is flush with the 1x6 pads.
Now attach the column structure to the center of the bottom (the side with all the pocket holes visible) of the table top. Attach with 4” spax screws through the upper feet. You may want to drill pilot holes first but don’t forget to use a piece of tape on your drill bit so you don’t drill through your table top. You won’t use glue here as you want to allow the wood to expand and contract with the various humidity levels throughout the year.
Now place the equalizer on the top of the pedestal and make sure enough screws will go through them.