Plank and Tube Dinner Table

Plank and Tube Dinner Table

Use Amy Dever’s instructions to create a one-of-a-kind dining room table from scratch.

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(7) 4” by 4” by 8’ – Standard wood framing posts (Douglas Fir)*
(7) 2” by 4” by 8’ – Standard wood framing boards (Douglas Fir)*
(3) 2” by 4” by 4’ – Standard wood framing cross-posts (Douglas Fir)*
(2) Tubular concrete forms, 24-inch diameter by 28-inch height
Large box of #10 3-inch coarse thread drywall screws
(10) 3/4-inch Spacer blocks
#8 drill and countersink bit
Phillips head drill bit
White paint primer
Porch and patio paint (Any color)
Decorator paintbrush
Paint tray
Electric sander with 150-grit sandpaper.
Tape measure
*These measurements are long enough to comfortably sit 8 family members


  1. Begin creating your tabletop by laying the pre-cut 4” by 4” by 8’ posts and 2” by 4” by 8’ boards on the ground while alternating the posts and boards between each other. Make sure the edges are in a straight line

Tip: Check each board for its prettiest side and place it face down. This will be the surface seen when the table is complete.

  1. After all boards and posts are laid down, space them 3/4-inch apart using spacer blocks


  1. Use a protractor to mark a 30-degree angle on the end of each 2”x4”x4’ cross-post. Use a handsaw to cut off each edge

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  1. Lay down the first cross-post across the center of the tabletop. For accuracy, measure 4’ from the short side of the tabletop to find its center
  2. Measure 5 inches in from each short side of the tabletop and lay the remaining two 2” by 4” by 4’ cross-posts across the boards and posts
  3. Use the #8 drill and countersink bit to make holes through each cross-post and into the tabletop posts and boards below. There should be 3 holes per 4” by 4” and 1 hole per 2” by 4”. Next, use a Phillips head screwdriver or drill bit with a Phillips head screwdriver to screw #10 3” coarse thread drywall screws into each hole

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  1. Turn the tabletop over and sand over the surface and edges to remove any roughness in the wood


  1. In a well-ventilated area, lay down a drop cloth and place the tubular concrete forms on top. Paint the outside of each tube with paint primer. Once the primer is dry, add two coats of porch and patio paint. Allow time to dry between each coat
  2. Once dry, space the tubes 12 inches apart in the space where you want the finished table to live
  3. Bring in the tabletop and carefully set it down on top of the tubes. Make sure it is properly centered and resting evenly on all sides. The tabletop is heavy enough to securely sit on top of the tubes without it being anchored

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