Storage Dining Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 23:05
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Round dining tables are idea for small dining spaces because they still seat the same number of people, but you can easily move around the table. Take greater advantage of your small space needs by building a round storage dining table. This simple plan uses a standard round tabletop, standard bun feet, and an easy to build storage center.

30″ high, tabletop 42″ diameter


Shopping List

1 – 42″ – 48″ Unfinished Round Tabletop (Available at Lowes and Home Depot) 

4 – 4 3/4″ Precut Unfinished Feet (Available at Lowes and Home Depot) 
4 – Surface Mount Hardware Brackets (see above) 
3/4″ Hardwood Plywood or MDF (if you are painting) (about 1/4 of a sheet) 
2 – 1×3 boards 
4 - 1×2 boards
Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 – 1×2 @ 28 1/2″ (1×2 Part of the Legs) 

B) 4 – 1×3 @ 28 1/2″ (1×3 Part of the Legs) 
C) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 20″ x 20″ (Shelves) 
D) 2 – 1×2 @ 20″ (Inner Apron on the 1×2 Sides) 
E) 2 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Inner Apron on the 1×3 Sides) 
F) 2 – 1×3 @ 17″ (Apron on the 1×2 sides) 
G) 2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Apron on the 1×3 sides) 
H) 4 – 1×2 @ 17″ (Shelf Trim on the 1×2 Sides) 
I) 4 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Shelf Trim on the 1×3 Sides) 
J) 42 ” Round Tabletop
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards first. You can choose to cut your trim and outer apron pieces as you go to get the best fit. Always use glue. Use 2″ nails or screws unless otherwise directed. Always take a square of your project after each step (see HOW-TO section). Work on a clean level surface. If your table is going to be subject to alot of abuse, I recommend using screws instead of nails. Always predrill and countersink your screws.


Step 1

Legs. Build your legs as shown above. Use pieces A and B.

Step 2

Shelves. Use the diagram above to fasten the shelves (C) shown in green above to the legs. Nail through the outsides of the legs into the shelves.

Step 3

Inner Apron, 1×2 Sides. Attach the inner apron, pieces D, to the 1×2 parts of the legs. Use the 1 1/4″ nails to nail to the 1x2s and also nail through the 1×3 legs into the end edges of the inner apron.

Step 4

Inner Apron, 1×3 Side. Use pieces E to complete the inner apron, as shown above. Follow the same steps as step 3.

Step 5

Step 6

Apron Pieces. Use pieces F and G to complete the apron. Follow the directions shown in the diagram above. Keep top edges flush.

Step 7

Legs. Fasten the legs according to the directions of your legs. If your legs do not come with a hanger bolt, you can simply screw through the top of the bottom shelf into the legs. Just use a long screw and predrill first to prevent splitting.

Step 8

Tabletop. Attach the tabletop as shown above, centering the base on the tabletop. Predrill through the blue highlighted inner apron piece into the underside of the table. Be cautious of drilling through the tabletop.

Step 9

Mount the leg plates to the bottom of the table base.

Step 10

Screw the bun feet in.

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Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 03:34

Hi Ana!

Do you think if I put a 37x42 rectangle top on this base it would be sturdy? Love the design. Thanks so much for the post.


Melodie (not verified)

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 04:00

This is perfect for a friend of mine! Thanks so much for doing what you do, and inspiring us to tackle these projects :)

The Monkey Bugs (not verified)

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 04:08

I'm ashamed to say that I rarely leave comments on the many blogs I read, but I just had to leave a comment on yours.
I LOVE your blog!!! We are a military family and can't afford to furnish our house with expensive furniture, not to mention that even if I could I wouldn't want to fork out that much cash for something that is going to get loaded on and off a truck every three years!
I am so happy you have this blog!!! How awesome!!! Now I can have that pottery barn/ land of nod look that I really, really want for about the same price (or less) that I would pay for something not quite right off of craigslist.
My next craigslist purchase won't be a table for my new kitchen, it will be a table saw!!
Thank you! You rock!!

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 07:37

Hi Abby, that size top would actually be smaller, so you should be fine, depending on what type of top you are using. If you are using boards 1 1/2" thick or a premade tabletop you should be fine.

Also, if you would like the base to be larger, more rectangular, etc, just cut your shelves 1 1/2" less than your desired base size. For example, if you want the base to be 30" x 24" then cut your shelves 28 1/2" x 22 1/2". Then follow the steps in the diagrams, adding the legs first, then taking measurements to add the aprons and trim. If you are going larger than about 30" you may need to add some tabletop supports in the center of the table, attached from inner apron to inner apron.

Hope this helps!


Tricia (not verified)

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 05:02

Hi Ana.
I just discovered your blog and can not believe that I have lived so long without it!!!
Thank you so much for all that you do. I have been pouring over your archives and my to-do list is growing rapidly.
You are very talented and quite an inspiration. ;)


brandi (not verified)

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 08:12

I just found your blog, thanks to Young House Love! I've wanted this table in the worst way, but can't afford it. I can totally do this! You made my day!!! :)

Chelsea (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:12

I have to agree with Brandi! I found your site from Young House Love, and couldn't believe my eyes at what I've been finding! And then I found this table, which I've been dreaming and drooling about for months, but my husband and I can't afford just about anything from there - we are newlyweds who just bought our first house (and he's still a student). So this is wonderful! Thanks so much!

Oh, and I was wondering - do you think the parson's chairs would fit under this table? If our table building goes well, we might tackle that project, too!

Cara M (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 18:19

I just found your site, and it is SO inspiring! About 3 years ago I asked my grandfather to build this table for me. He say if I found the plans, he would build it. I looked everywhere for plans, and now here they are! Sadly, he passed away last year, but I may just have to build this myself in memory of him. Thank you for the plans!

Elisa @ whatthevita (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 10:46

Ok - question time.
We really want a 54" or 60" table - do you think the plans would still work if I put on a 54" round top instead of a 48"? Would it still be sturdy?
Let me know - we want to make this immediately :)

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 15:30

Hi Elisa, I would make the base much larger if you are using a 54" tabletop or a 60" tabletop. I would make the base at least 36" for the shelves alone. This is easy to do. Just cut your shelves at your desired dimensions, add the legs as instructed, and then measure and cut trim pieces to trim out the aprons and the sides.

Another concern with the larger tabletop is going to be finding a tabletop that large. What I might suggest doing is to use tongue and groove to create your tabletop.

Hope this helps!