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How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

June 2, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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If you are looking for a fast simple modern table to build, this just could be it. Using an inexpensive hollow core door and simple legs, you can build this table. Cut list has been updated to reflect reader comments (thank you readers!).

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
How to Build a Floating Table with a Door
Dimensions: 
32" Wide x 80" Long x 30" High

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

Flush Hollow Core Door (no holes cut out of it or hinges) measuring 32″ x 80″
4 – 1×3, 8′ Long
4 – 1×4, 8′ Long
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

7 – 1×3 @ 29″ (Under Table Supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 78 1/2″ (Inner Apron)
4 – 1×3 @ 28 1/8″ (End Legs)
4 – 1×4 @ 28 1/8″ (Side of Legs)
2 – 1×4 @ 73″ (Side Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (End Aprons)

Cutting Instructions: 
MODIFICATIONS Hollow core doors come in a variety of widths, from 24″ to 36″. You can use any of these door sizes, you will just need to adjust the cut list for the door size. I love the idea of using a 24″ wide door and hacking yourself a office desk that is almost seven feet long! You could hide some caster wheels in the legs too. NOTE From our reader comments, you will need to adjust the measurements of the plan to the exact dimensions of the door that you purchase. Please review all comments attached to this plan.

General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface, be safe, and have fun! And check for square after each step. Predrill all of your screwholes to avoid splitting the wood.

Step 1

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

TABLE FRAME
Construct the table frame as shown above from 1x3s using 2″ screws and glue. Screw through the inner aprons into the under table supports. Leave about 12″ space between the supports.

Step 2

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

END LEGS
Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach the end legs as shown above. Leave the 1/2″ gap on the tops (shown above as the bottom). Check the legs for square. These are the 1×3 boards.

Step 3

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

SIDE LEGS
Attach the side legs to the table frame using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Then attach to the end legs down the side, keep outside edges flush.

Step 4

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

Keeping the top edge (shown above as the bottom edge) of the aprons flush with the legs, leaving a 1/2″ gap from the top of the table frame and fasten in place with 1 1/4″ nails and glue (you can also use screws, but it’s not a support issue, so nails would be quicker and easier to hide).

Step 5

How to Build a Floating Table with a Door

DOOR
Attach the door to the insides of the table frame by screwing at an angle into the solid outer frame of the door. Use your 2″ screws and glue.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
With a wood filler, fill all your nail holes and let dry completely. Overfill the holes because wood filler tends to shrink when dry. Then sand, starting with a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way to a fine grit sandpaper. Prime. Then paint as desired.

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I pray you are not sick. You

I pray you are not sick. You said time is precious to you now. :-( I hope that all is well with you and your family.

posted by McCarty and Company (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-02 20:45

Oh, I'm so sorry to have

Oh, I'm so sorry to have written that and given anyone the impression I'm not healthy! Thanks so much for thinking of me, but it's really just that I'm so busy, any free second I have is precious and goes to my family (as opposed to building a table just for fun). Blessings, Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-02 20:50

A friend just sent me the

A friend just sent me the link to your blog, fantastic! Just added it to my blogroll, I look forward to watching your projects!
Janell

posted by Janell @ Isabella and Max (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-02 21:05

Oh my gosh! Exactly what I

Oh my gosh! Exactly what I need! A thin table:) Thanks Ana xx WIll definately be building this one:)

posted by Bobishi (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-02 22:02

Cute! I love the floating

Cute! I love the floating appearance. Thanks for a modern table!! --bettijo

posted by bbh (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-02 22:08

wanted to say I am currently

wanted to say I am currently using hollow doors as table tops in my office and if there is more money available consider a solid door, the hollow ones fill weak or flimsy.

posted by Aubergine (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 01:28

Awesome! This will be my

Awesome! This will be my first project...I think I'll make it a desk. I can't wait to have room for my computer plus sewing space too! Ana you are amazing. I can't believe I'm asking my husband for tools for my birthday and our anniversary!

posted by Lindz Sims (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 04:54

Oh my gosh, that's so funny

Oh my gosh, that's so funny that you posted it right now and mentioned about the 24" door to make a desk, Young House Love just blogged yesterday about doing just that! Good timing!

posted by Kate (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 05:40

Nice plan! why not score a

Nice plan! why not score a reclaimed hollow core door get some car body filler [bondo!] and fill those holes job done...

posted by Kevin (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 05:53

You have literally read my

You have literally read my mind! I decided yesterday that I needed to build a long skinny desk (Inspired by YHL) and I was going to use a door - I even priced it out! LOVE LOVE LOVE your site - have told everyone I know about it. You rock!

posted by Greers (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 08:12

Cool design, I have a solid

Cool design, I have a solid coreluan door I have sitting around just because I liked the woodgrain and thought it would make a neat tabletop. One flaw in this design (at least for my door) is that the unfinished edges where the veneer isn't applied, would show. I'm thinking the door needs to be trimmed out along the edges first....does this make any sense?

posted by Aaron (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 09:01

Anna - Hollow core doors are

Anna -
Hollow core doors are likely to dent if you do a table dance :) or if the toddler whacks it with a truck.

The 'skin" on the door is very thin and the reinforcement inside is just cardboard.

A solid-core door will cost a bit more, but be a lot sturdier.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 10:57

ADDING: I have a birch door

ADDING:
I have a birch door for a desk top.

I finished the edges with molding nailed and glued to the sides of the door. It's not quite birch, but it's close enough.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-03 11:00

Ana, I just built this table

Ana, I just built this table (still need to sand and paint). Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I had to buy 6 1x3's, NOT 4. Thanks for all your plans and inspiration! This was my second project from you and definitely NOT the last! :)

posted by Kelley Jones (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-06-06 17:45

Hi Ana,I recently came across

Hi Ana,

I recently came across your site, and I have to say - you saved me!
I am living on the small Caribbean island of Grenada, and furniture is not only very expensive, but also very ugly (most of all the more "reasonable" items, which are not cheap either). Since I will move to an unfurnished apartment soon, and can't really afford to buy all the furniture, I decided to try your plans. I am already addicted!!! So far, we (me and my boyfriend, who was a great help since we have to cut all the pieces manually) built a coffee table (the spa bench) and are now almost done with the floating table.

I have one remark to this one:
I bought a 30"x80" hollow core door, and I was lazy and didn't measure it first, but only realized later on, that it would not be floating on top, but would be too narrow for the frame!! The door was only 30", not 32" like yours. But we solved it somehow, but now the tabletop is wider than the frame, which is OK.

The next project will be the stackable Outdoor Chair, which I will use indoors as dining chair. I will make cushions for them, so they should be alright I guess ;)
Will post pictures once we are finished!

Once again - THANKS a lot for your amazing blog!!!!!!

Warm and sunny greetings to Alaska.

posted by Belinda (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-07-17 18:04

Hey Ana, A friend of mine

Hey Ana,
A friend of mine showed me this site I was planning on building a dining room table and this one was perfect! I modified the sizing and used red oak 2x8 boards for the top but the concept is the same.

Thanks for the help!

posted by Bobby (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-10 19:38

Sorry 1x8x8 red oak boards

Sorry 1x8x8 red oak boards haha

posted by Bobby (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-10 19:40

Thanks for sharing, looks

Thanks for sharing, looks GREAT!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-11 10:12

I just built this as my first

I just built this as my first project, and it was super easy! I used a 24x80 door because this is going to be my desk in the home office. It is the perfect size to fit all my stuff and have plenty of room to work. I still have to prep and paint, but I'll post finished pictures once its all done.

Thanks for the great post. Your site is really awesome! I think the A-frame bookshelves will be my next project.

posted by Michael H. (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-13 20:33

Ana, I think Kelley is

Ana,

I think Kelley is correct. It should be 6 1x3, 8' long boards.
Thanks for the great plans...hope to make it this weekend.

posted by Pat (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-17 17:51

32" hollow core door

Ana,
I see that you updated this plan since my last note on this but it's still not right. If you go to the store and buy a door marked 32" it will actually be 30" wide. The plan used to say that and then in the actual instructions showed a 32" wide door. When I was half way done building and found my top was two inches too narrow I of course immediately thought--I'll go buy a 34" door and that will be that BUT they don't sell 34" doors standard at the Home Depot so I was back home rebuilding for a couple more hours.

Crystal

posted by Crystal Monkman (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-03-11 19:02
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Thank you for noting this

Crystal, thank you so much for noting this. I will update the plan to state this. Ana

posted by Ana White | on Fri, 2011-03-11 19:56

Attaching the Door to the Frame

Assuming I am using a non-solid core door. Is it ok to attach the door to the frame with PH screws from the frame into the perimeter of the door?

I am also thinking of putting a vertical divider down the middle of the door (1x6 on edge) so each grandkid will have their personal side of the desk. It will be placed perpendicular to the wall and will be shorter than in your plan but the concept you put forth is really helpful.

Jake

posted by Jake | on Tue, 2012-12-18 06:57

Furniture

This is an awesome project!I like it a lot and I am thinking to build this table in my living room as it is very useful.I have a friend who works at the Cincinnati door store and I asked him to bring me a hollow core door.

posted by crazydonkey | on Sun, 2013-01-20 02:02

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