Earlier in the week I showed you how I made the cute red banquette (bench) . Once I made the bench, I thought it needed a table. I didn’t have a table, so I built one from scratch. Today, I’m going to show you how I put this diy kids table together.
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I measured the empty space on the bench to determine the size my table should be. I cut some 1×6’s to length, then drilled some pocket holes with my Kreg Jig . I then attached all the pieces together with pocket hole screws. I set that aside.
I had originally thought I would do a table with 4 4×4 posts for legs. However, thinking things through, I realized that the kiddos would “knock their knees” on the legs as they scooted into the bench. Therefore I went with a pedestal type table. I used a 1×6 and a 1×4 for the base of the legs.
I just guessed at how big they should be, cut them to length and then used my router on the edges.
After I did that I sort of laid them on the back side of the table to get an idea of where I wanted to place them.
I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the top board to the bottom board of the base.
I marked the placement of the 4×4 post on the bottom of the base, then drilled pilot holes.
I used 2 1/2 inch drywall screws and Gorilla Wood glue to attach the 4×4’s to the base that I routed.
To attach the 4×4 post to the top of the table, I drilled pocket hole screws with my Kreg Jig Jr.
The pocket holes didn’t make the table top sturdy enough, so I added some 1×4’s to the bottom of the table. I mitered the corners to get a nice look/fit.
I drilled pilot holes and attached the 1×4’s with Gorilla Wood glue and drywall screws.
The 1×4 pine is soft, so it was easy to countersink the screw heads. Doing this “frame” around the table really added stability to the table.
Primed it with some gray oops paint and primer in one.
I of course used my CommandMax to apply primer . . .
. . . and paint. I chose to paint the top of this table with a brush to get a really nice thick, protective top coat.
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper was my coach on this color. I sent her an “after” picture to ask her opinion of the color choice. She suggested red. (thanks Cassie!)
I have to say I LOVE it! No one will “knock their knees” on this. The only bad thing about this bench is it’s size. It’s nearly impossible for me to move alone. I must use a furniture dolly, and lay the bench down on its back.
As I said in the bench post, this would be great for a dining room, think homework and snacks. It would also be fabulous in a large bedroom or playroom. I hope it finds a new home soon!