10 DIY Tables You Can Build Quickly
Hosting a party can be a lot of fun. The days before are packed with preparation and meal planning, but everything falls into place. Or at least it seems to… right before the realization hits that you have more guests coming than seats at the table! If that’s the situation you’re facing, there’s only one solution for the true DIYer. That’s right, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work building one of these great DIY tables.
This attractive pedestal picnic DIY table (and how to build a table story) will give your guests a place to sit while also giving them space to move around. And have the added benefit of an outdoor eating space you can enjoy when everyone has returned home.
Pallet Coffee Table
This attractive coffee table is simply a spray painted pallet set on casters and topped with a pane of glass. It’s a quick, fun build that’s also a wonderful addition to your home’s decor.
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Door Slab Table
Of course, this project makes the most sense if you’ve already removed the door slabs during an upgrade. But slabs are often available in salvage stores, and these reclaimed items are sometimes amazingly attractive and intricately detailed. Go on a treasure hunt at your local salvage yard to find the perfect DIY wood table top.
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However, if you do decide to make your own legs, this list of shop tricks includes a great method for making simple and speedy DIY table legs.
Sipping a cool drink in the shade of a patio umbrella is the ideal way to spend a hot afternoon. And this stylish umbrella table (and how to build a table story) will set your umbrella off beautifully and provide a stable base to avoid accidents when the wind picks up.
The base is made from plywood and No. 2 cedar, with the top made from knot-free cedar or pressure-treated deck boards. And the cost varies depending on your materials. Follow the complete plans to learn how to build a table base like the one shown here.
Black Pipe & Wood
To build a wood and iron pipe DIY table, simply screw together a frame, and use the flanges to attach to a wood, laminate, or door slab top. If you want to make things even easier, use pre-cut lumber for the top. And you’ll only have a few cuts to make and fasteners to set before you have a fully functional DIY table.
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Fold-Out Storage Table
This project is especially useful if you have a large gathering planned, and you want to keep the indoor disruptions to a minimum. And this fold-out DIY table is a great place to set up additional snack stations or buffet-style food for grazing.
Polished Concrete Table Top
The longest part of forming a concrete top is building the form. But once you’ve mastered that skill the rest moves along easily. Working on a smaller scale—such as the coffee table shown here—allows you to put custom detailing into the DIY table while also providing your guests with a beautiful conversation piece on which to rest their drinks.
Quickie Kids’ Table
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