How to Build a Table Base | A Full Guide (With Images) 2021


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The basic table consists of a table base, legs, and aprons. From a few pieces of wood to these parts, you can make a simple table that fits your needs. Building a table base is simple, but we have some problems with building experience. In this guide, I will show you how to build a table base.

How to Build a Table Base

Ensure you cut all pieces to the right size.

To the top cross:

  • 1 x 32″ (both backs ends 45*)
  • 2 x 14 1/4 (each piece: knit one end, purl the other 45*)

For the floor cross:

  • 1 x 29″ (both backs ends 15*)
  • 2 x 12 3/4 ″ (each piece: one end straight, the other behind 15*)

For legs:

  • 4 x 28.5″ (the two finishes cut 15* one way)
  • Assemble the top and bottom rails/floor as shown in the diagram using the pocket screws.
  • Attach the legs to the crossbar.
  • Secure the top crossbar to the base with the mounting screws.
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Step Instructions for the Base Finishing

  • Sand the table to the desired smoothness level. Make a few 150-grain passes on all the edges, including the edges, with an orbital sander.
  • In case you intend to stain your table, presently the time. Coloring is very simple: stir the paint well (but do not shake it), apply it to the wood with a cloth, wipe off the excess with another cloth, and let it dry overnight.
  • The tabletop is the last step. Use a matte finish for your desk and applied one coat to the base but three to the desk and edges with a lightly sanded between coats. 

Assemble the Table Base

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To insert the 3/4” apron from the outside of the table legs, make a spacer with two pieces of plywood. This little accessory will help you maintain even distances and secure the apron to the foot while attaching. It shows how the jig, apron, and leg are connected to secure.

Each end of the apron is held in place by three 2 1/2″ pocket screws. The holes in the pockets were made with a Kreg jig. Ensure you assembled the short ends first, then the rest of the table base, and made sure the strip (for the clips) is along the top edge. Since this is a long table, you can add a crossbar in the center of the table using pocket screws.

Trestle Table Base Build

how to build a table base

Start at the base when building tables. Since the bottom of this table looks colorful and dull, use a poplar. Poplar is an excellent choice for any painting project; it Accepts paint well, is easy to work with, is more resistant than pine.

The legs and top beam at the base of the table will be about 3 inches wide. The leg will be about 3″ long and the top of the rail about 2″.

Using the construction drawing, you can see other details such as the angled shape of the foot and the top railing, slit cut in the lower leg to create the leg, and then rounded over the panel for the lower leg and the upper leg. 

NOTE. The drawing shows a rounded piece at the top of the foot but doesn’t include it in the final drawing as it isn’t necessary.

Trestle Table Base Panels

how to build a table base

After gluing and cleaning the table bottom panels, you need to design the shape and appearance of the joinery. Based on the design, the panels should have a good curve to match the cross-section of the foot and thigh; this would eliminate most of the damage to the base structure. Next, the panels are joined at the top and bottom of the base with mortar and a pin.

You can see both the curve and the peak at the top and bottom of the panel. You can also see where the main table stretcher will go through the base panels. It was important to make this section before cutting the folds as you will lose any ability to reference it sideways later on; something will go wrong.

The top fittings are around 1″ long and the base fittings are 1.5″ long. Using a table saw with the blade in a stack of cubes, move about 3/16 inches from either side of the cleats to form the edge of the cleat. Then use the router face to ensure the clamp is completely flat and even across the entire surface.

Making the Table Legs

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Consider 3 different types of legs made from 30” 4×4 cedar (you can use other woods, including gluing three 2x4s to make sturdy legs). The easiest option was to cut the legs to length and use a 4×4 square. This was a nip of two inner surfaces, and the third was a nip of all four surfaces. You can narrow all four sides of the saw. The cut line starts 4″ from the top and goes 1/2″ from the bottom.

The table saw couldn’t cut such a thick leg without making two passes, so it narrowed them in the saw. The band saw makes a rougher surface and looks even better on this rustic table. Make a quick and dirty jig to cut the legs; the jig has a guide that slides into the angle guide of the saw table. Two grips were sufficient to secure the foot in the device. Attach the L-block and the long block to place your foot on the device. Once you have cut both sides, the long block will no longer be accurate, and you will need to align the mark on the underside of the base with the edge of the fixture before installing.

Once these legs were rebuilt, they had old screw holes that had been repaired before painting. In hindsight, it would probably be nice to leave them. Sand the legs with 100 and 150 sandpaper to make them smooth without removing all saw marks. A coat of chalk paint and 2 coats of clear wax were used to finish the legs. Briwax turns light yellow, which means that the ink has aged well. Between layers of Briwax, you can paint some edges with 100 pieces of paper to show wear.

How to Build a Table Base: FAQs

How to make a base for a table?

  • Cut all pieces to the correct size.
  • To the top cross:
  • 1 x 32″ (both backs ends 45*)
  • 2 x 14 1/4 (each piece: knit one end, purl the other 45*)
  • For the floor cross:
  • 1 x 29″ 
  • For legs: 
  • 4 x 28.5″ (the two terminations cut 15* one way)
  • Assemble the top and bottom floor/crossbars 
  • Attach the legs to the lower crossbar 
  • Fasten the top crossbar to the base 

How do you make a solid base table?

Ways to make a base stronger

Consider eating aprons. The use of feet and clean aprons provide additional shear strength over other fixing methods due to joint bonding. 

  • Consider thicker or stronger legs.
  • Think of the basics of a stretcher. 
  • Consider adding legs. 
  • Consider the mounting method.
  • The main thing is to lift, not pull.

How to make a wooden table step by step?

The wooden table is easy to make.

Table: Draw the bench dimensions (42″ x 26″) on the plywood board. 

  • Adapter cap.
  • 4 holes in the tabletop.
  • Legs off the table. 
  • Support between tabletop and legs.
  • Install the adapter.
  • Round plugs.
  • Support for the cover.

What can be used as a table base?

Tree stumps and trunks. On a log or trunk in round glass, granite, or marble to make a side table or even a sitting table in the center of a large room. You can cut parts of the trunk or lift the stump and place a bank on the roots. Leave a table made of natural logs, bark, and everything else for a rustic look.

How do I attach the workbench to the base?

Drill 11⁄64” bar holes to accommodate #8 x 1 1⁄4” screws and cut the individual fasteners. To attach the blocks, space them about 12 inches (30 cm) apart at each end of the table so that the tabs engage the grooves in the apron. Next, drill pilot holes in the table and secure the hardware with a washer.


Making a table base is a great basic project for aspiring carpenters, but it can also be challenging for more experienced carpenters. Hope you have learned how to build a table base.

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