This is the first part of three post for our DIY zinc top table-building the table base. You can read the process of adding the zinc and also the final reveal for the table. I have been wanting to build a DIY zinc top table like I had seen at my favorite high-end store. We built the base of the table with pine boards and a sheet of plywood for the top. Four chunky white pine table legs give the table a farmhouse look. Zinc is used for the tabletop. Our DIY zinc top table is so gorgeous and this is the first piece of furniture that we have ever built.
DIY Zinc Top Table-Building the Table Base
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My husband and I have been remodeling and renovating our homes for a couple of years but we have never built a piece of furniture. We had the opportunity to take part in a small group where we had access to tools and a warehouse to work in. I knew that this would not be a cheap project but I wanted something well made and something that might stay in our family for years. I know they thought I was crazy when I said that I wanted the farmhouse tabletop to be covered in zinc. Luckily for me, I had the inspiration pictures on my phone and everyone thought that it just might be gorgeous. We did end up saving a good bit of money by building the table ourselves.
The first thing we did was purchase these gorgeous Extra Large Fluted English Tavern Table Legs from Tablelegs.com. I talked with the company on the phone and they were extremely helpful in helping me choose the legs that would look best for our table. The legs are very heavy and well made, and we received the legs within a few days. I really believe these legs are what makes this table so beautiful! Personally, I like the table legs on my table better than the legs on my inspiration table.
Now, on to constructing the table!
We purchased two pieces of 8′ x 4′ x 3/4 inch plywood that we glued together for the tabletop.
Flip the top over and attach the 2″ x 4″ pine boards to the tabletop using a Kreg Jig and glue.
We added two boards to the center for support.
We decided to build boxes that would go around the legs thinking that we could remove the legs if needed. This would make it easier to transport the table and to get the table into the doors of our home easier. The Extra Large Fluted English Leg are placed on the table and marked where to place the box for the legs.
Use a clamp to tighten the box while we glued and screwed using a Kreg Jig.
Number each leg and the corner where the leg goes.
Staining the table
DIY zinc top table base is built and the table is ready to stain.
I called the people at Table Legs back and asked them about what stain to use. We decide to use Minwax in Special Walnut. The wood has such beautiful grain that I want it to show through the stain.
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Don’t forget to check out our DIY Zinc Top Table-Applying the Zinc.