Have You Ever Dreamed Of Building Your Own Reclaimed Wood Table?
How About A DIY Reclaimed Wood Table Kit?
I got a lead this week from a wife who was sort of "volunteering" her husband to build a reclaimed dining room table for their family. She was looking for the materials and a little help with some questions along the way.
This got me to thinking, maybe there are others out there who would like to put their own table together, but may not have all the tools or expertise necessary to get the materials ready for a easy assembly process...and maybe need some advice, tips or problem solving along the way.
So what do you think, want to build one on your own?
Why Build Your Own?
Because you can say "I did" when your guests asked who built your table or take credit for all the "Wows" that take place when people walk in and see your work of art. See, it doesn't matter who gets the materials ready for your table, its who assembles the table that gets all the credit.
Love one, but don't have the money....
I talk to a lot of people each week who would love a table, but just don't have the funds to pay for a table that is all completed. Most people think the expense of the wood is a big part of the table, but it's actually all the labor involved with putting the table together that adds cost to the purchase price.
Like to take on projects occasionally....
Anyone with average DIY skills can handle a project like this. Fun for Dads to do with their kids or even with your significant other.
Build with a friend or partner....
It would even be a neat project for a young couple starting out. Imagine your pride in putting together a table with your future husband or wife and that table being a symbol of your bond. These tables are built as heirlooms, they will outlast you for sure!
There's all kinds of scenarios that make this are really cool kick ass DIY project.
How Does It Work?
For now, I have created a kit for a table that is not overly complicated, but still looks awesome. I am thinking along the lines of these tables here:
Or how about this one?
This table is a relatively straight forward design that will look good in any situation. That's for now anyhow.
I get a lot of ideas, so I want to see if there is any interest before I develop any of the other designs.
If you want a different style, we can discuss that one-on-one.
How Big Can I Build?
I have based the kits on building a 6', 7', 8', 9', or 10' table. That covers most of the sizes. I tend to build more in the 7-8' range and 10' as well.
For width, you have enough material to build a 42" table. Even if you want to go 38", 40 or 48", the material I put in the kits will cover what you need.
The legs in both of these pictures are 7"x7" average. 5"x5" and 6"x6" look really good too, plus they are a little easier to work with.
How Much Work Will I Have To Do?
This all depends on 3 things;
- How much you want to spend.
- Your DIY skill level.
- Amount of tools you have or at least can get your hands on.
I have created 3 kits based on the each of the 3 things you need above:
The "Just The Lumber Kit"
This would be the least expensive because you are getting just the lumber you need to put your table together. It's all quality material, hand selected for the style and ideas that you have for your table.
For this to work for you, you are going to need some ADVANCED SKILLS because you will have to process the material in order to get it ready for assembly.
Advanced tools needed for Just the Lumber Kit:
- 12" Mitre Saw
Basic tools needed for Just the Lumber Kit:
- Circular Saw
- Glue Up Clamps
- Belt Sander
- Palm Sander
- Pocket Hole Tools
- Measuring Tape
I actually do this quite a bit already for DIY builders and Professionals alike. The idea of putting the lumber into a kit is that we figure out what you need, then you take it from there. No guessing, no overbuying or searching for the right material.
Pricing ranges 6' Table - $525 to a 10' table - $1000 For Lumber Only Kits
The "Lumber Ready Kit"
This "builds" on the package above, except we do all the prep work for you. We know exactly how to prepare the material for assembly so you don't have to worry about it. You will likely need INTERMEDIATE SKILLS for this one.
Tools Needed For The Lumber Ready Package:
- Circular Saw
- Glue Up Clamps
- Belt Sander
- Palm Sander
- Pocket Hole Tools
- Measuring Tape
Here is what we do to get the material ready for you:
1. Hand select the wood for character
I often get asked what the difference is between my tables and other tables. It's simple, people who work in a factory are given a pile of wood and told to make a table.
I on the other hand have an idea in my head on how I want the table to look, then I sort high and low until I find the right material. I lay it out on the floor or glue clamps and sometimes take 1-2 hours, flipping boards over, switching end for end, cutting here, cutting there, all to get just the right look. I will do that for your table so you don't have to.
2. Plane the bottom of the boards for the top
We take each board and clean up the bottoms. This will make your glue up go much easier because you will have a consistent bottom. If you want unevenness in your top, you can actually make that easier by having the bottoms flat and a consistent dimension.
3. Plane the top or skip plane
Once we have the bottom flat, that gives us a flat board to run through so we get the tops just right. If you don't want to make the top perfectly flat, we can also use a process called skip planing that takes off the high spots and keeps the saw marks or character on the lower parts.
4. Straight line rip the boards for the top
This gives you perfectly straight edges for glue up. You won't need to mess around with a dangerous table saw and doing a glue up will make a much nicer top than screwing it together. The boards will glue super tight, with no gaps along the way.
5. Straight end cut to desired kit length
We have a straight line up cut saw that creates perfect 90 degree cuts. Each board will be the same length, so you don't have to cut them yourself, all ready to go.
6. Straight line and make skirting
This is taking a board, and straight line ripping the board to 4". We then plane the back and possibly the front (if you want that look), to 1.5" dimension. That's the maximum thickness you can use for most pocket hole tooling.
7. Cut table legs to length
Have you ever tried to cut through a 6"x6" on a saw? It's not easy and that is why we do it for you. Each leg will be the correct length based on the final dimensions of your top boards when we are done planing. That means you don't need a big saw to cut and don't have to worry about them being the same length, we take care of that for you.
8. Take care of the little things
You know how you get building those toys that you have to assemble for your kids at Christmas, and there is always one little screw missing that keeps you from getting it together?
Here we will include all the hardware you need to make the legs rock solid, provide the right glue for glue ups, screws for attaching the top and the Varathane finish I use to get an old fashioned, antiqued look to the table. No running to Home Depot or Menards, it will all be there.
As you can see there are a lot of steps involved with getting material ready for you. This is all about saving you the time, hassle and expense of getting everything you need in one spot.
Our shop is a professional mill working shop, so we can do the prep work in much less time than you can. This way you can focus on what gets you all the "Wow's" and not the headaches of getting the materials ready.
Prices range from $725 for a 6' table, to $1,500 for a 10' table Lumber Ready Kit.
The "Lumber Ready, But I Need A Little Help Kit"
So if you have reviewed the 2 packages above, and are still hesitant to pull the trigger because you are afraid you won't be able to build an amazing table, I can help you along the way. If you are comfortable with tools and you are BEGINNER, you should have no problem putting this table together.
1. Very detailed, step by step instruction guide with LOTS of pictures
Do you ever get annoyed with those instruction manual that are created by some technical engineer somewhere and they don't make sense? Been there done that! I understand you may just be doing this for the first time, so I take you through each step along the way. As you can tell I like to write and I like to write to help people understand things, and building a table is just one of those things.
2. Videos emailed to you showing you how to do each step
Series of short videos so that you aren't overwhelmed all a once. Just take your project a step at a time and in no time you will be done. You set the frequency when you order your kit and they will be in your inbox when you are ready to go.
3. Email support 3 per week for 30 days
You shouldn't have too many roadblocks if you pay attention to #1 & #2, but you will likely have questions so you can email me 3x per week and I will promise to get back to you within 48 hours (usually a lot quicker, but things can get busy around the shop!). Email is easiest way for me to communicate because I can answer when I have time.
4. 4-15 minute phone calls
Just in case you need a little coaching along the way, I will make myself available to talk about your project and help you through the tricky parts of putting your table together. Sometimes it's better to hear a voice than read an email.
5. Glued Up Top
With this package, your top comes glued up so that you don't need to do that assembly. You are still responsible for the final sanding and finishing of your table top...so the credit is still yours.
Pricing ranges from $1,050 for a 6' table, to $2,000 for a 10' table.
How Does This Compare To Buying A Table Already Done?
Virtually each table I make is made to order, so I typically work with my clients to make sure that they get the exact table they are looking for and then provide a quote based on specifications we identify in the design process. When asked about pricing, but have no idea on what design we are looking at, I quote the following ranges to get in the ballpark.
As far as commissioned tables, on average I would say:
- 6' tables $1,800-2,300 and 10' tables $3,200-3,800.
Larger tables would obviously be more, but I thought this range covers it pretty well. The ones in the photos above; $2,500 and $2,900. You can see that you could save a lot of money if you have the time, desire and skill set to do it.
How Long Does It Take To Build?
This is a bit of a loaded question. Those with advanced skills or intermediate skills should be able to get this done in 2-4 weekends depending on how much you work on it. Beginners might need 4-6 weekends or so. It just depends on how quickly you want to get it done.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Kit?
It varies with the workload in our shop and the amount of material we have on hand at the time. I can give you a better idea at the time you order a kit.
Interested? Now What.....
Let's talk and see if this is something for you. Just click the button below to give me a little more information and we can start talking about you building your own reclaimed wood table.
I started my first business when I was 14 years old and have been working in my own businesses or family businesses ever since then. My parents placed a high value on education and instilled a strong work ethic. We fixed and built our own stuff including homes while I was growing up. I love to write and author both this blog and a blog on energy efficient lighting. I have 4 kids and live in Michigan. You can contact me below.