How To Build An Affordable Rustic Wooden Dining Table

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Cost of Supplies:  $50

Time to Build:  4 hours


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I’m loving my new dining room table!!!  I had gotten rid of my old table and needed a new affordable one that would fit in my tiny house.  Having always loved the ‘rustic look’, I decided to build a table out of ordinary pine.  This can also be made out of old weathered pallet wood but I didn’t have any pallets on hand, so I decided to buy all new wood from my local hardware store.  In one evening I was able to whip this cute little table together! 😉

(To see how I made my rustic matching dining chairs, click the link at the bottom of this post!)

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  • Chop Saw
  • Hand drill with bits
  • Sander
  • Tape measure


  • Box of 3in wood screws
  • Box of 1 1/4 wood screws
  • DIY ‘old wood’ stain-see how to make it here (use if you are wanting your new wood to have that ‘old wood’ look like mine did after it was finished)
  • Polyurethane-clear, satin finish, oil based (this will darken and make wood look richer just like my ‘old wood’ finished table)
  1. Ten 1x4s at 4ft long (you can also use weathered pallet wood)
  2. Two 1x4s at 2ft 11 1/8in (you can also use weathered pallet wood)
  3. Four 2x4s at 2ft 4in (Legs)
  4. Two 2x4s at 4ft 1in (Tabletop outer brace)
  5. Two 2x4s at 2ft 7 5/6in (Tabletop outer brace)
  6. Three 2x4s at 2ft 4 13/16in (Tabletop inner brace)

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With the 3in screws, screw the outer braces together (#s 4 and 5) To keep wood from splitting, make sure to drill pilot holes while screwing together!!  Learn how to drill a pilot hole here


Screw legs in using four 3in screws for each leg

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Screw on tabletop inner braces, spacing them out evenly

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Lay out the 1x4s for the tabletop and screw down with the 1 1/4 wood screws


I like the rustic look of seeing the screws screwed into the top of the table but if you don’t want the head of the screws to show, you can countersink them up through the bottom of the tabletop braces. See how to countersink here

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I smoothed the table and rounded out the edges with my sander

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I first stained the table with my homemade DIY stain to give it that ‘old wood’ look

After it was dry, I put three coats of polyurethane on it


The colors of the wood came out beautifully!!!


After a very light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper, my table was done!


Click here to see how I made my matching rustic dining chairs!

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