First post on the new blog!
A few weeks ago John made the most awesome piece of furniture so far. After much thought I decided to sell our old dining room table which John also built and have him build me a new one that wasn't so big. Our last table seated 8 people very comfortably. We decided to build the octagon table from Ana White. Why an octagon shape? I wanted a round table and John wanted square, so we met in the middle and built this!
Everything turned out perfect except for one little mistake we made that I will show you so you don't make it. (we fixed it, whew!)
There are a lot of angles that need to be cut, but if you have a mitter saw you have nothing to worry about.
Here is what you will need.
via: Ana White
After cutting the wood we started building the legs.
We used wood glue and the nail gun for bind them together.
Begin screwing the wood that will form your base with 2.5 inch screws into the legs.
Slide in the long leg.
We used 2.5 inch screws to secure the long leg in place.
Finish off the base by using the nail gun to nail the pieces together.
Done! Just kidding
Time to build the support that holds the top of the table. Sad part is I didn't get a picture of this but all you need to do is make 2 pocket holes into the smaller pieces of wood and screw them together to the long piece to make a plus sign like this +
Once the support is finished, apply some glue to the base and screw on with 2.5 inch screws.
Support is done, and now on to the top. Use the kreg jig to make pocket holes then screw the top together with 1 1/4 inch screws. It's best to clamp the wood as you screw them on to hold them in place.
Once you have the 4 straight pieces of wood screwed on, it's time to cut all the angled pieces. Ana recommends to measure and cut every piece as you go.
Finish off the top by adding the 2x2s on. Measure and cut each side. We used wood glue and the nail gun to securely attach each piece.
Once the top is done, screw it on from underneath to the support that you built with 2.5 inch screws.
Cut all your trusses and attach with some glue and the nail gun.
Fill in all the holes with wood filler. I like this one because it goes on purple and turns white when it's dry.
Here is my favorite part.
I lightly sanded the top to give it a smooth finish and applied one coat of stain, let it sit for 15 minutes and used a clean cotton cloth to work it into the wood. I let it dry over night.
I applied 4 coats of poly on the top and 2 coats on the base and legs. I let the top coat dry completely for 2 days before I brought in the house.
As for the chairs, I was stuck between two kinds.
And after seeing Ashley's post from Shanty 2 Chic I decided to go with the metal chairs that I got from Target. I'm still not 100% sold on them but they will do just fine for now.
I'm very happy with how the table turned out. I will admit when I saw how many angles it needed I got a little intimidated but with the right tools and handy man (or woman) it's a piece of cake.