Hairpin Dining Table

Hairpin Dining Table

Amanda – I built the bench using the same wood planks I used for the table than to reinforce it, I added trim pieces to the sides (see the picture above in the post). The bench is 68 inches long and the table is 78 inches. I made it this length so it can easily slide under the table and still have enough room for up to 3 to sit on it. I placed the hairpin legs 3.5 inches in on both ends. The bench is pretty beefy and so far I haven’t noticed it bending in the middle or unable to support the weight. If you are really concerned, you could always add an additional set of hairpin legs directly in the center of the bench. I used these combination hairpin legs.
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Hairpin Dining Table

7. As for the legs, we decided to go the prefabricated route and purchase them. We found some at Ikea for $10 each, but they weren’t ideal and we swapped them out for the hairpin legs that we currently holding our office table aloft (you can find similar hairpin legs here and that’s ultimately where we ended up getting the shorter bench hairpin legs from).
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Hairpin Dining Table

Have you seen something with “hairpin” legs that looked this good? A Beautiful Mess has creaeted this beautiful piece of art, not just to look at, but to actually USE. There’s something about the yellow chairs, the wood, and hairpin legs on this table that just says YUM. You know what I mean?
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Hairpin Dining Table

After staining, we sealed our table with a polyurethane (pictured above). This gives the finish an extra coat of protection and makes it a little easier to clean/wipe down after meal times. I still recommend using coasters on a table like this with cold drinks though.I am completely happy with our finished table. I love the woodgrain, the honey-colored finish and the simple hairpin legs. As a bonus, I'm so happy we were able to create a table that our family can grow into for such a reasonable price! 

Hairpin Dining Table

After completing the table, I came up with an idea to build a matching bench. I basically used the same concept for the bench as I did for the table. I used the same style of board as I did for the tabletop and had Home Depot cut and my trim pieces down to size.  I screwed it all together, sanded and stained it, then order some cool hairpin legs to match the look of the table. All told it took me about an hour to build the bench from start to finish.
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Hairpin Dining Table

My last official wood shop class was in 7th grade about 21 years ago. I’ve built some random things for my job over the years but never furniture and never something that will be the centerpiece of a dining room. I had a few ideas running around in my head, but they all seemed overly complicated, so I hit the internet for some inspiration and settled on a rather simple design (we used these posts as inspiration/guidance: DIY Dining Room Table, A Story About a DIY Table, and How I Built My Own Table All By Myself). I never really intended to copy any of the designs exactly, but that’s pretty much what I did and perhaps, if you find yourself in my situation…needing a table, not wanting to buy one and possessing just enough confidence to get yourself into trouble, you’ll copy my design, which I copied from someone else. Living in an urban space and having minimal power tools and no workshop other than my patio, I knew I had to keep it simple, but most importantly, I had to keep it cheap. My goal was to see if I could build the entire table using nothing but the tools I already had and spend under $200.
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Hairpin Dining Table

With the table top added in, the total height is 30 inches. With the bench top added to the 16 inch hairpin legs, the total height is 18 inches. This height seems to be prefect for both kids and adults. I am 6 foot tall and I can sit very comfortably on the bench. Another reader had some questions about the bench, so please see my comment to her for some more info. Hope this helps!
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Hairpin Dining Table

I know that a DIY on this level isn't for everyone. Our dad helped us (a LOT… thanks again, Dad!), and it only took a few days to complete (including the building, staining and sealing) once we had all the supplies figured out.I hope that this post encourages some of you that you really can build your own dining room table! We've done a lot of DIY projects in our new home, and I am most proud of this one. We saved thousands of dollars and ended up with our dream table! Thanks for reading. xoxo. Elsie 
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When I moved into my apartment, I did a half DIY job on my kitchen table, which is also our dining table. I painted the top and attached the legs, but it wasn’t really a building project.
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Hi J – If everything is level with the table itself maybe the floor is the culprit. Before attempting to modify the table, I’d first start by checking the levelness of the floor. If the floor isn’t level you could also do a quick fix and had a small shim under one of the legs. If that is too unsightly, you could also remove the wobble leg, add a small shim (like a thin piece of wood) to the underside of the table and reattach the leg with the shim in place. Does that make sense?
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Yes, I for sure experienced some warping and tried to correct it by putting the cross braces under the table (see second photo in the post). I’d say that it helped but it sounds like you might be experiencing more warping than I was if the actual table legs are uneven. At this point, I’d say try to add the cross braces and see if it helps to pull anything back into alignment. If it doesn’t and you end up having to trim the legs, don’t worry about it…. half the fun for me was just attempting to build it. I was totally ok with imperfections! It made my table unique!
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Kim December 07, 2012 DIY tip I learned from my Dad: for any kind of wood ‘decking’ (including a table top), examine the cross cut and make sure the “rings” curve downward, rather than upward like a cup. Even with all those screws, the natural drying and warping of the wood will – over time – cause the slats to curl up at the ends. Love the look of the table. Has that sturdy rustic look but the pin legs make it not AS prohibitively heavy as a table that size would normally be Reply
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DIY tip I learned from my Dad: for any kind of wood ‘decking’ (including a table top), examine the cross cut and make sure the “rings” curve downward, rather than upward like a cup. Even with all those screws, the natural drying and warping of the wood will – over time – cause the slats to curl up at the ends. Love the look of the table. Has that sturdy rustic look but the pin legs make it not AS prohibitively heavy as a table that size would normally be
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3.  As much as I tried to sleuth out the most choice pieces of wood a few of the boards were warped. Going into this project I knew the table wasn’t going to be prefect and I was ok with that. I won’t lie, I had illusions of chiseling out dovetail joints and using nothing but hand tools in the hopes that the table was going to come out looking like an Amish man built it, but I knew in my heart of hearts, that was not going to be the case, so I butted everything together as best I could and started putting screws everywhere. I was hoping the screws would pull everything tight and to a certain extent they did,  but the the warp was to much to overcome and I still had some high sections on the top part of the table.
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But now that we’re getting into fall, I’m getting the itch to tackle new projects, and a new DIY dining table just might be on my list. Here are the tutorials I’ve been looking to for inspiration. Maybe you’ll feel inspired to build something too.
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Jean December 07, 2012 This is beautiful, Elsie! I love it. I will have to show my bf because he has been wanting a rectangle dining table & it’s been so hard to find a lighter wood (our kitchen is super woody & dark). This is a great idea and reasonable as far as expense. I also love the mismatched chairs!
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2. After I acquired all my building materials I laid them out in the dining room I did a preliminary dry assembly. (remember, you are building the table upside down, so be sure that you have the side that you want to be eating your thanksgiving diner off of faced down)  I wasn’t all that surprised to see that somehow I miscalculated and one of my trim pieces was to long, which in my opinion, if you are going to miscalculated, going long is the better of the two miscalculations. You can always take off length, but’s it hard to add it. After another free cut at Home Depot, I was back in business.