D.I.Y & Crafts

D.I.Y & Crafts: Industrial Table

Industrial Table with Hairpin Legs

Finding the right Kitchen table for us was tricky. Again, I’m going to use the ‘on a tight budget’ phrase, but it’s true. We simply couldn’t afford to buy a brand new dining set. The options we found in the cheaper high street stores were just that, cheap. And where as buying one from a 2nd hand store and up-cycling it, seemed like a good idea, the style of the tables we found, just weren’t right for the industrial looking kitchen we were trying to create. Just when I thought we’d exhausted all our options and we’d have to result to dinner party’s around our coffee table, I came across some unwanted scaffold boards and – lightbulb! Here’s how I created our industrial kitchen table:

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What you will need: –

  • Scaffold boards – I used 6 planks for the table top and another 1 for securing underneath. I was lucky enough to get mine for free, as they were unwanted, but you can get some similar from your local B&Q/Wickes/Homebase.
  • Hairpin table legs – Purchased on Amazon from a company called Wicked Hair Pins for around £45 for all 4. I would definitely recommend as they were delivered really quickly and are good quality. They also come in so many great colours and sizes, that vary in price.
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric Sander or Sand Paper
  • Wax – I used Colron refined finishing wax clear around £13 from B&Q
  • Lint free cloth
  • Pencil

Instructions: –

  • Cut the scaffold boards to the length you would like your table to be. I used 6 scaffold boards, which, when placed side by side were 89cm/35 inches wide. I opted for a length of 150cm/59 inches to fit nicely in the dining space of my kitchen. The table comfortably seats 6 people.
  • To assemble, lay the boards down side by side, with the better side of the plank facing downwards, as this will be the top of your table. Cut another two boards to a length which is just shorter than the width of your table top. My boards for the table top measure 89cm wide, therefore I cut them to 75cm. These will be used to strengthen the fixing of the table and secure the boards together, as well ensuring the table doesn’t wobble and is level. Fasten these extra planks with screws across the width of your table top, to hold the planks together, approx. 4/5cm from the edge, as can be seen in the image below:

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  • Now it’s time to sand your table top. I used a rough sand paper to take away any unwanted marks and a finer sand paper to smooth over the edges. You could also use an electric sander for this if you have one. Ensure the table top and all edges are smooth to touch. You will find the boards may vary slightly in relation to thickness, so try to make the surface as flat as possible. The great thing about the industrial look we were going for is that is doesn’t have to be perfect and imperfections add character.

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  • I was really pleased with the natural colour of the wood once sanded, so I simply treated it with 2 coats of a clear matte wax, using a lint free cloth to apply. Your boards may also vary in colour and grain so you may wish to treat with a different colour or finish, just follow the instructions on the tin.
  • Once the wax is completely dry, flip the table top over and attach a leg to each corner of the table with screws.

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  • Flip your table back over onto it’s legs and it’s complete.

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It’s as simple as that! It cost me around £60 to make the table in total, including screws and other materials. Industrial tables are so popular right now and cost hundreds of pounds, so it’s definitely worth a few hours of effort!

Fiona x

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