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Added/Modified on November 11, 2016
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Shopping List:

2 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – ½ sheet ¾” plywood
2 – sets of basic hinges
2 – Drop Leaf Support 8 inch Pair
4 – 2″ caster wheels
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
circular saw

Cut List:

4 – 2×2 @ 26 ¼”
2 – 1×4 @ 15 ¾”
4 – 1×3 @ 15 ¾”
2 – ¾” Plywood 15 ¾” x 28”
2 – 1×4 @ 28”
4 – 1×3 @ 28”
4 – 1×12 @ 42”

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

Start by building two ends. Super easy. Keep the insides flush, hiding the 3/4″ pocket holes to insides, and joining with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

TIP: Drill 3/4″ pocket holes facing upward on insides of top aprons for later attaching your tabletop.

Step 2

Drill 3/4″ pocket holes all the way around both shelves. Attach to legs as shown in diagram.

Step 3

Then add your side trim with 3/4″ PHs and 1 1/4″ PH screws, attaching the shelves also to the corresponding trim.

TIP: Drill 3/4″ pocket holes facing upward on insides of top aprons before attaching to table for later attaching your tabletop.

Step 4

What I actually did here was build my tabletop with a row of 3/4″ pocket holes/ 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws down the center (and glue) and attached to tabletop. Then I attached the two leaves, so the tabletop is a giant square. Then I drew out the arch shape I liked and cut with a jigsaw.

Be very careful to make sure your jigsaw blade isn’t beveling as it cuts the wood, and go slow. Use a very sharp, appropriate blade. And remember, you can always take more wood off later!

Step 5

For a more round table, you could do this way too.

Step 6

Sand edges as shown (optional)

Step 7

Add the caster wheels to bottom. I actually did the bolt kind – but a word of caution – I did have some trouble with my caster wheel bolt colliding with the pocket hole screws from the bottom shelf trim, so you may want to opt for the plate kind instead.

Step 8

These are called Drop Leaf Support 8 inch Pair and no, they are not rock solid, but they are plenty sturdy for our purposes and install in seconds! I recommend installing them about half way down the table apron – you may need to do a little trial and error to get things just right.

Finishing Instructions:

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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