Round wooden kitchen table with conical legs

we combined black and natural wood for this set consisting in a round kitchen table and four chairs

We continue the DY projects list with a round wooden kitchen table with four turned conical legs positioned at a custom angle (not 90 degrees to the tabletop).

We used only ash wood for the entire table. We combined the natural wood for the top with black painted legs. This combination of colors brought a special charm to the table.

The project involved building three main elements:

  • the round wooden kitchen table top
  • the turned conical legs
  • the square table frame, that helps attach the legs to the top

Let’s see how to build all these elements:

The round wooden kitchen table top

Here are the main steps of building the table top:

1. We cut the planks to the needed length according to the diameter of the round table. For this step, we used a piece of plywood, longer than the diameter. We measured the middle of the longer plank keeping a margin of 10 cm at both ends. We then took the next boards taking into consideration that we have to plane them, so we needed each plank to be 6 to 8 mm wider.

2. We planed and squared all the boards for gluing them up.

drawing the circle on the ash wood boards before gluing them up
Drawing the circle on the boards needed for the round kitchen table top

3. We applied the glue on the edges and tightened the top. For building this panel, we used our homemade 4-way pressure panel clamps. We also have the free plans and you can downloaded them for free.

4. After the glue dried and before routing the shape, we straightened the panel.

5. We routed the shape of the round table top using a router and a straight copying router bit.

the way the round table top looks after routing the shape
The ash table top after routing the round shape

6. We sanded the round edge and all the surfaces. We lightly sanded the sharp edges with 120 grit sandpaper, by hand.

7. After all these steps, we applied a layer of polyurethane primer, we sanded with 320 grit sandpaper and we applied the final layer of polyurethane anti-scratch varnish.

yje ash wood round table top is ready to be varnish with polyurethane varnish
The round wooden table top ready to be varnished

The turned conical legs

These are the turned conical legs.

the four turned conical table legs,, before cutting them on angle
The four turned conical kitchen table legs

We will make them again in order to take more photos, for a future post. Until then:

1. We build a wooden jig in order to cut the conical legs at the needed angle. For that:

  • we took two straight planks (with all the faces and all the edges planed)
  • we screwed them so that we have a 90 degrees angle between them
  • we took two MDF scraps and we made two half circle cuts so that we were able to hold the conical legs horizontally
the jig to cut the ends of the conical ends at a needed angle consists in two ash wood planks and two pieces of raw MDF
The wooden jig for cutting the conical legs at a needed angle

2. We set the sliding mitre saw at the needed angle

the wooden jig used in order to cut the ends of the conical legs at the needed angle
The jig used to cut the ends of the conical legs

3. We cut the ends of all four conical legs, at the same angle and the same length

we identically have cut the ends of the four turned conical table legs by using a wooden jig
The ends of the conical table legs are cut at the exactly same angle

These are our cuts. The four conical legs are very well cut.

the ends of the conical legs are cut at the angle
The angled cuts at the end of each leg

4. In order to make the cutouts to fit the frame, we took a MDF board with all the corners cut at 90 degrees.

5. We drilled holes on each corner to screw the legs.

we drill holes before screwing the conical legs
Drilling holes in the MDF board

6. We screwed the legs into the corners using just one screw, so that we were able to correctly place the legs on the corners (symmetrical on each side of the corner).

the leg is hold with one screw, symmetrical to the edges of the corner of the MDF board
The conical leg is positioned symmetrical, with just one screw

This is what we need in order to route the ends of the legs.

the four turned conical legs are screwed on the corners of the MDF board in order to be routed
The legs ready to be routed

7. We used a second screw for each leg to make sure they wouldn’t move out of place during routing.

we screwd the conical legs with two screws on each corner of the raw MDF board
The legs are secured in the corners of the MDF board

8. We routed the top of the legs using the router and the straight copying router bit. The depth had to be equal to the width of the boards of the table frame.

the way the conical legs look after routing their ends
The conical legs after routing the ends

We made several passes with the router until all four legs were properly cut.

the routed ends of the conical legs needed to be fixed on the corners of the square table frame
The routed ends of the legs

The square table frame

1. We used a 3D printed jig in order to make the box jointed table frame.

the 3d printed jig used to cut the ends of the boards needed for the table frame
The 3D printed jig used to build the table frame
the two ash wood planks needed to build the kitchen table square frame
The ash wood planks needed to build the table frame

2. We cut them into two pieces at the same width (equal to the cutouts of the legs).

cutting the ash wood planks in two pieces in order to build the table square frame
The ash wood planks needed for the square frame

These are the four pieces needed to build the square table frame

each plank needed for the table frame was cut in two pieces
The two planks were cut in half

3. We made the first test to see how they match.

we built the square frame of the round ash wood kitchen table
The kitchen table square frame

4. The first test with the conical legs.

the turned conical legs matches very well on the corners of the square frame
The legs match the frame

5. When everything matched, we glued up the table frame using polyurethane adhesive

the square frame of the kitchen table
The square frame is glued up

Finishing and assembling the round wooden kitchen table

1. First, we screwed the legs onto a piece of scrap board to easily apply the polyurethane primer coat. We also applied a layer of primer to the square frame.

the kitchen table legs are ready to be paint with black polyurethane paint
The table legs before painting them with black polyurethane paint

2. After the primer dried we sanded the surfaces with 320 grit sandpaper and then we applied the polyurethane black paint to the legs. We also applied a layer of polyurethane varnish to the square frame.

the wooden round tabletop and the four conical legs are ready to be varnished and paint
The kitchen table pieces are ready to be varnish and paint

2. We assembled the round kitchen table:

  • first we screwed the square frame on the back of the table top
  • then, we screwed each leg to each corner of the square frame
the round wooden kitchen table after we applied the polyurethane varnish and black paint
The round wooden kitchen table
the ash wood round kitchen tabletop
Detail of the kitchen tabletop finish
this is the way the conical legs of the kitchen table looks
Detail of the black painted turned conical legs

These are the photos in it’s final position:

we combined black and natural wood for this set consisting in a round kitchen table and four chairs
Black and natural wood for the dining corner
the round kitchen table made out of ash wood
The ash wood round kitchen table

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