DIY Network

Small Space, Big Party

How to Build a Hall Table (page 1 of 2)

This table could go in most any room -- it's perfect hallways, dining rooms or behind a sofa.
The simple joinery used to build this table makes it a great project for a beginner woodworker.

More in Decorating

Step-by-Step Instructions:

This project uses pocket-hole joinery. If you're not familiar with it, take a look at the basics.

Project Cut List

For the end rails – four pieces of poplar at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 11-1/2
For the stiles – two pieces of oak at - 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 19"
For the legs – four pieces of poplar at 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 30"
For the side rails – two pieces of poplar at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 35-1/2"
For the middle rail – one piece of poplar at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 11-1/2"
For the stretcher – one piece of oak at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 35-1/2"
For the top slats – three pieces of oak at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 41-1/2"

Make the Side Pieces

Use the guide for drilling pocket holes in the end rails (image 1). On two of the end rails do not drill the pocket holes positioned 3 inches from the end. Paint the end rails (except for the ends of the parts) and allow to dry.

Drill two pocket holes on each end of the stiles. Stain the stiles (except for the ends of the parts) and allow to dry. We used Zinsser Bullseye Tuscan.

Position the stiles centered on the end rails (image 2), secure in place with a face clamp, and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws. Be sure to position the end rails with the pocket holes 3 inches from the end so that the holes point up.

Apply a small amount of glue in the pocket holes on the stiles and insert the oak pocket hole plugs (image 3). Wipe off any excess glue with mineral spirits, sand the plugs flush, and re-apply stain as needed. Allow to dry.

Paint the legs (except for the ends) and allow to dry. We used Behr Raging Sea.

Position the legs flush with the end of the end rail/stile assemblies that have the pocket holes drilled 3 inches from the end (image 4). Use a 3/4-inch spacer (such as a scrap piece of 1 x stock) to support the end rail/stile assemblies when attaching them to the legs using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

Create the Base & Connect the Sides

Use the guide for drilling pocket holes in the side rails (image 1). Paint the side rails (except for the ends) and allow to dry.

Drill two pocket holes on each end of the stretcher. Stain (except for the ends) and allow to dry.

Position the side rails flush with the top end of the end assemblies, with the pocket holes drilling perpendicular to the long side pointed toward the top of the assemblies. Clamp in place with a pocket hole right angle clamp and attach using glue and 1 1/4-inch pocket hole screws (image 2). Place a white index card, for example between the face of the clamp and the leg to limit any marring.

Use the layout for the end rails to create the middle rail, including the pocket holes drilled 3 inches from the end. Paint (except for the ends) and allow to dry.

Position the middle rail centered on the side rails (with the perpendicular pocket holes pointed toward the top of the assembly just like the top end rails) and attach using glue and 1 1/4-inch pocket hole screws.

Position the stretcher centered and flush with the bottom edge of the bottom end rails and attach using glue and 1 1/4-inch pocket hole screws (image 3).

« Previous12Next »

Advertisement

COMMENT ON THIS PROJECT

    

Sign in

All fields are required.

E-mail Address:

Password:

Remember me on this computer

Signing in

Please enter your email address and we will send your password

E-mail Address

Your password has been sent and should arrive in your mailbox very soon.

Not a member?

Sign up with DIY Network to share tips with other do-it-yourselfers and comment and ask questions on projects.

It's free and easy.