How to Build a Rustic Timber Table

These three videos will show you how to build a rustic, distressed kitchen table. I'll be walking you through the process of selecting some recycled timber from a junk pile, and with a little care and some simple joinery techniques, transform that waste timber into a distressed timber kitchen or dining table. In fact, you could use the table for whatever you wanted really.

You'll see how to cut the timber using a drop saw, assemble the table using a biscuit joiner, glue and clamps, sand the table down, paint the table, and then finally—applying the polyurethane. I was very happy with the end result. It's a great DIY project and it would take the average DIYer no more than a weekend to complete.

Tools and Materials Used

  • Drop saw - for cutting the timber to length
  • Biscuit joiner - for joining the table together
  • Orbital sander - for sanding the timber down
  • Sandpaper - 120 grit, 180 grit and 240 grit
  • Clamps - for clamping the table together when glued
  • PVA woodworking glue
  • Cordless drill - for installing screws (l used 40mm screws) to the underside of the rails.
  • Paint - sample pot (250ml) for the color and oil-based polyurathane (500ml is just enough for three coats) for the clear protective layer
  • Paintbrush - one for applying the color (It doesn't need to be a high quality brush) and one for the polyurathane (this DOES need to be good quality brush)
  • Mineral Turpentine - for cleaning the brush used for the polyurethane

Together, this whole project costs only $75.00. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Sandpaper $10.00
  • Polyurathane: $25.00
  • Glue $2.00
  • Sample pots: $10.00
  • Paintbrushes: $30.00
  • TOTAL: $75.00

If l was to do it again, l would use two more G-clamps to make the assembling process a little easier and l would use screws underneath the tabletop to help secure the tabletop to the framework. I actually did this as an afterthought and it worked a treat. I would do this during the assembling / gluing process.

Thanks for watching!

Cheers, Uncle Knackers

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