How To Build A Traditional Dining Table

Building a dining table is a lot easier than it looks. With the right tools and materials, you can create your own beautiful, sturdy wood table to last for generations.

How to build a traditional dining table

To build a traditional dining table, you’ll need:

  • A circular saw for cutting leg parts. This can be rented from a hardware store or home improvement center.
  • A miter saw for cutting the tabletop and dowels. This also can be rented from a hardware store or home improvement center.
  • Drills (and bits) for drilling holes in wood pieces so that screws can be driven into them when attaching them together; one drill bit should work for all of these holes unless otherwise specified below.*

A table saw is used to cut dowels into two different sizes: 1-1/2″ long pieces equal to half the length of each leg plus 1/4″ extra; and 2″ long pieces equal to twice as long as each leg plus 3/8″. You may want another person helping out with this step so they’re able to hold onto both ends while you make cuts along their lengths–you’ll only need one blade attachment on this tool but multiple blades may come in handy depending on how many other projects are being worked on at once!


You will need the following materials for this project:

  • 2x8s for the legs
  • 2x4s for the aprons
  • 1x8s for seat and tabletop supports (can be plywood or solid wood)
  • 1x12s for table top


  • Drill
  • Screwdriver