Round Modern Dining Table Base

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 12:31
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 Build your own round modern dining table with free plans from Ana-White.com

round modern dining table base

A couple years ago, we built a round dining table for our main family table, and we LOVE it!  It has served us so well, feeling cozy with just our family, but easily adapting to more guests - just pull up a chair.

farmhouse dining table

But the base wasn't quite right for our family.  We have a 1 year old who feeds herself.  Food falls everywhere.  And it's hard to clean under the openings in the legs.  And why on earth would I paint it white???  

So I decided to keep the same tabletop, but change out the base to something simple and easy to clean around that is NOT white. Two 2x6 boards later ....

Build your own dining table top

We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and love the simple design that will make our life easier.

Video Tutorial

You can watch this table being built in our video tutorial here:

What About the Tabletop?

We built our own round dining tabletop in this post (with video tutorial) and it has held up well and been nothing but awesome for us.  It wasn't hard, but was definitely time consuming and made a big mess.

So if building a perfect round tabletop seems intimidating (or more mess than you want to sign up for), don't worry!  You can buy an unfinished round tabletop on Etsy for marginally more than materials.  

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Dimensions
round dining table dimensions
Dimensions for 48" and 60" tables

Preparation

Shopping List

For 48" Base

  • 2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
  • 24 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws

For 60" Base

  • 2 - 2x6 @ 10 feet or stud length
  • 24 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws

Divide the cuts evenly between the two boards.

You will also need screws for attaching the tabletop.  If your tabletop is 1-1/2" thick you can use the 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Cut List

Cut List for 48" Table Base

  • 4 - 2x6 @ 28-1/2"
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 23" 
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 8-3/4"

Cut List for 60" Table Base

  • 4 - 2x6 @ 28-1/2"
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 34" *
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 14-1/4" *

*I added one inches to the 60" table base from the diagrams, because I felt like it needed to be slightly larger to reduce potential tipping.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

I recommend presanding all the boards first.

Carefully cut out the 2x6 boards on the compound miter saw.

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on both ends of every board except for the four leg boards (28-1/2" length).

Instructions

Step 1

Attach the longer 2x6 boards to the legs to create a rectangle.  Use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

Attach the shorter remaining pieces to the remaining legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Find the center of the rectangles from step 1 and attach the C pieces to it with 2-1/2" pocket holes and glue.

Step 3

Attach base to the tabetop underside.

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