My favorite part about this is that you can completely customize the size of the table to fit your space. So let’s get on with the how-to:
2×10’s (or 8’s or 6’s–whatever size you want)
1×4’s cut about 4 inches shorter than the WIDTH of the table
1/4 ” screws
Figure out what size you want your table. I’m visual when it comes to this stuff, so I taped it off on my rug, (remember you’ll need to account for space for the chairs too). Also, remember to measure in multiples of 10 or 8 (I feel a little cool that I just used “multiples” in a sentence because I’m totally horrible at math), whatever width you’ve chosen for your boards. Meaning, I knew I wanted 10″ boards, so a 55″ inch wide table was not an option, it needed to be 50″ or 60″, unless you want to attempt splitting one of these babies, straight, lengthwise, which I didn’t–we’re going for ease here.
Then I took my measurements to Lowes and had them cut. And here’s a learn-from-my-mistakes part: let the wood sit in your house for a few days (preferably a week) so that the wood can acclimate. I built mine the same day I bought the wood, and because I didn’t let the wood contract/expand at home, a few weeks later I’ve ended up with some fairly wide gaps between the boards. It’s an easy fix, but better to do it right the first time, right?
(Apparently this measuring part also makes for a great stage to dance with toy knives, of all things, so someone couldn’t really be bothered to get out of the pictures. And no judging the state of my house mmkay.)
So we got a 1×4, made it a little longer this time (about 4 inches–2″ on each end–shorter than the width of the table) and screwed that one down. Wobble: GONE. This thing is secure! You don’t need both, the 1×4 works just fine. Little note: I’m not trying out for an ugly feet contest here, I was holding down the board while the Mr. screwed it down–just wanted to clear that up.