How to build a dining room table from reclaimed wood | DIY reclaimed wood dining table

DIY reclaimed wood dining table

Reclaimed wood furniture has made a comeback because of its classical worn look and has become a new current trend in furniture overnight. However, because of its high demand, and price not everyone is fortunate enough to get their hands on one. Are you also unable to buy a reclaimed wood dining table because of a similar reason? Then this article is for YOU. We will teach you how to build a dining room table from reclaimed wood.

Safety first

Because this is a DIY reclaimed wood dining table which means you have to do everything on your own and your safety is the first thing that you have to keep in mind. Wear protective equipment such as safety glasses, earplugs, a dust mask, and leather gloves to protect yourself before you start your work otherwise you may hurt yourself. Make sure to carefully pull nails first.

Tools and Material

  1. Table saw
  2. Compressor
  3. Hammer and nail puller
  4. Framing square
  5. Tape measure
  6. Pipe clamps
  7. Reclaimed wood
  8. 8 x 2″ wood screws
  9. Furniture-grade paste wax
  10. Type II wood glue

Reclaimed wood can be salvaged from old buildings, factory floors, shipping pallets, and even old wooden ships. Reclaimed wood salvaged from a job site or floor joists may have high moisture content. Therefore, make sure that the reclaimed wood is dry and is not cupped or twisted. Since furniture often gets exposed to the weather at some point, avoid warped pieces as well.

Let’s get started…

Method 1

Use table saw to create straight edges; reclaimed wood planks do not have to be uniform in width.  Old symmetrical porch columns can be used to make legs and wooden gutters in place of crown trim to cap the table’s perimeter.

For the structure of the table clean wooden gutters of any loose scrap cut to an appropriate length.  Double-check diagonal measurements, the measurements should be as close to equal as possible. Now apply construction adhesive to coat the corners and fasten together with fifteen-gauge finish nails. For legs cut the antique column in half at the centerline of the profile and then trim them to a length of thirty-four inches. For the top of each leg cut walnut flooring scraps to size and attach pieces to the tops of legs with construction adhesive and eighteen gauges finish nails.

For the tabletop lay four planks out on a flat surface and arrange them. With a pen/marker make a mark at every eight-inch point along the seam of two boards. Now use the joiner to cut the biscuit slots at each location. After all the slots are cut, stand each board on end and apply construction adhesive on the edge of the joint sides. Insert biscuits on one side of each board, then place glued biscuits in the empty joint of the next board. Set up planks in order until the top is complete. Use pipe clamp to tighten and let the top set overnight.

To assemble the table measure the thickest portion and add 1/16” to this measurement and mark a horizontal line with a framing square across the tops of the table legs. Legs will stick up 1/16” above the plane of the tabletop. Attach all four legs and set the top on the base. Drill a 1/2” hole with each square mark near the line but not touching it. Now carefully cut out each square. Nestle down the top on the gutter structure without excess force, run a small amount of construction adhesive on the top edges of the gutter, reposition the top and shoot fifteen-gauge finish nails through the inside edge of the gutter into the bottom of the tabletop.

Using a belt sander, carefully sand down the tops of the legs until they are even with the top. Once you are done your reclaimed wood dining table is complete. Apply coats of wax over the course of several days to fully saturate the wood grain.

Method 2

You can use salvaged flooring or similar as a source for reclaimed wood for your dining tables. Join two sheets of 3/4″ plywood together using wood glue and 1 1/4″ wood screws 12″ in middle to be used as a tabletop base. Then trim the double panel to 2’9″ x 7’9″ with a table saw. In this method, we will make a chevron pattern. Using a chalk line, establish several reference lines, such as center and the start of the angled pattern. Select the straightest pieces of salvaged flooring to be used for your reclaimed dining table.

Once you have selected the appropriate wood pieces cut all the pieces on a miter saw in the required pattern. Apply wood glue on the tabletop base made from joining two sheets of 3/4″ plywood together. Now its time for the hardest part placing the reclaimed wood cut into the required pattern on the tabletop. After placing the first board of wood on a tabletop shoot it to the plywood substrate using 1 1/2″ 18ga finish nails 4″. Follow the same procedure until the entire tabletop is covered and your pattern is complete. You might have to trim any overhanging reclaimed wood with a circular saw. Cut two reclaimed planks of wood into 2×4’s to 8′ and 3′ respectively and attach with 2″ 18ga finish nails and wood glue to finish off the table edges.

Sand down any sharp edges on the tabletop and finish the tabletop with a semi-gloss polyurethane. Be sure to completely fill any small holes.

To build the frame cut two wood planks to 7’9″ and 2’9″ respectively and join the corners using nails. Install legs to the frame using two 1/4″ lag bolts. After the reclaimed wood top is dry place it on the frame and finish it off by putting it all together.

Decoration Tips

Since it is your reclaimed wood dining table you can decorate it in any way you like. However, here are a few tips for you:

  1. Instead of sanding the old paint a colorful way to use old reclaimed wood is to leave the wood in its original condition, using any old paint color that’s left on it.
  2. Add some character to your reclaimed wood furniture by mixing different pieces of reclaimed wood to make furniture.
  3. Combine reclaimed wood with iron and steel frames or wheels for a factory look.
  4. Incorporate old signs into the reclaimed wood furniture.
  5. Try some handmade pieces for decorations.


After reading this blog on how to build a dining room table from reclaimed wood you’ll have no worries making one for your dining room. No need to stress over the high cost of ready-made dining table from reclaimed wood. All you need to do know is to get your tools ready and follow the steps and amp up your reclaimed dining room table game.

We hope this article helped you and made everything clear for you to implement. But still, if you have any queries you can comment down below and let us know we’ll be more than happy to assist you????.

Have fun and enjoy your new dining room table from reclaimed wood!


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