Hardwood dining table
Riley built this dining table using six pieces of Australian Messmate timber and custom steel legs.
A dining table is a furniture piece that stays with you for years. If you can’t find exactly the size or style for your space, or if you simply want the satisfaction of creating your own room-defining piece, this budget-friendly D.I.Y. project is a stylish solution that’s surprisingly easy to do.
Set aside a weekend or two to put it together, then sit back and celebrate your efforts with a meal at your new custom table.
Working outside or in a ventilated area with the panel upside down, use a trim router to round-over the edges, holding it with your right hand and pushing forward to work anticlockwise. If you don’t have a trimmer, round over the edges with 120-grit abrasive paper.
At 2400mm long and 900mm wide, the standard panel is perfect for a dining table. But if it’s too long for your room, have it shortened in store.
Use a 4mm bit to drill pilot holes for the frames. To avoid going through panel, wrap tape around the bit, 25mm from the end, as an indicator. Reposition frames and secure into the holes with 30mm timber screws.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.