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DIY Table Top For Beginners (with Free Woodworking Plans!)

Are you looking to build a new DIY table top for your kitchen table? This one is super simple to build (even for beginners) and we're giving you the free woodworking plans too!

Thank you to Kreg for sponsoring this DIY table top build! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

Last year we built this gorgeous custom built in banquette in our breakfast nook. After we were done, we needed a table for the space so we could actually use it and I was at a loss! I couldn’t find ANYTHING that would fit the space.

Before Picture

Why we needed to build our own table

The round tables were awkward for anyone sitting in the corner. We couldn’t find a square table that fit right and the rectangular tables were all too narrow.

So, what do we do when we can’t find something that works perfectly? We DIY it!

And don’t worry guys, even if you’re a beginner when it comes to woodworking (like you’ve never built anything in your life before)…this is TOTALLY manageable. I promise.

But, here’s the thing. I had envisioned a farmhouse-style chippy paint table base with curves and details. Which is not impossible to DIY yourself, but it’s pretty darn tricky.

How we made this project super simple

So to really make this project super simple and achievable in just one weekend, we took an existing table base from something I found on Facebook Marketplace for $25 and built a new DIY table top for it that fits perfectly with our banquette.

We actually got this table on Facebook Marketplace with the round top that doesn’t work “perfect”, but it works ok and we’ve been using it now for almost 2 years! I’d say it was DEFINITELY time to make this new DIY table top happen. In fact, it was long overdue!

DIY Table Top Plans

This gorgeous diy kitchen table top fits perfectly in our kitchen nook

For this fun DIY (and SUPER EASY) woodworking project we teamed up with our friends Kreg again to create the plans and share them online for free, which are now available on!

If you’re wondering, Kreg’s website is full of easy-to-follow woodworking plans that are all available for free! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you are there!

Now the thing that makes this DIY table top an incredibly easy woodworking project that is PERFECT for beginners is the incorporation of Kreg’s pocket hole jig, which is the easiest way to join pieces of wood. Click here to learn how to use a pocket hole jig!

UPDATE: In 2021 Kreg replaced the K5 Pocket Hole system with the Kreg 720 Pro. Check out our guide all about the new Kreg 720Pro to learn more.

DIY Table Top: Step-by-Step Instructions

Wood products needed:

Supplies needed:

Tools needed:

  • Kreg 720Pro pocket hole jig
  • Jointer
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw (or Rip-Cut with circular saw)
  • Square
  • Table saw
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Impact driver
  • Hammer
  • Orbital sander
  • Belt sander with 80-grit sandpaper
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Air compressor
  • Level

Step 1: Prepare wood

  • Run your wood through a jointer to flatten all sides, ensuring a tight fit for your tabletop.
  • No jointer? No problem: Use a table saw to square the edges of each board, removing any rounded edges from store-bought lumber.

Step 2: Drill pocket holes

Kreg pocket hole jig holding a piece of wood that will make our DIY kitchen table top
  • Arrange boards according to the woodworking plans and mark the locations of the pocket holes.
  • Use a Kreg pocket hole jig to drill holes to the correct depth.

Step 3: Cut wood

Using a miter saw, the wood is being cut to create the tabletop for a kitchen table.

Step 4: Assemble table slats

The man is assembling the table slats onto the kitchen table top, completing the construction process.
  • Glue together the middle slats.
  • Screw them in at pocket holes.
  • Clamp interior slats together and let the glue dry.

Step 5: Sand and square up the interior slats

The interior slats are being assembled to complete the structure.
  • Level the middle slats with a belt sander using 80-grit sandpaper.
  • If needed, square edges with a table saw or Kreg’s Rip-Cut.

Step 6: Add border

The miter-cut border slats are being attached around the table edge using wood glue and screws at pocket holes, forming the kitchen table top.
  • Attach miter-cut border slats around the table edge with wood glue and screws at pocket holes.
  • Clamp and allow to dry.

Step 7: Sand

  • Use a belt sander and 80-grit sandpaper to ensure a flat surface.
  • Once flat, you can use an orbital sander with 150-grit sandpaper.

Step 8: Fill gaps and sand

  • Fill gaps with wood filler or sawdust mixed with wood glue. Let dry.
  • Sand down with an orbital sander, progressing from 80 to 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 9: Stain and seal

The kitchen table top is being stained and sealed to enhance its appearance and protect it from wear and tear.
  • Apply stain and finish to the tabletop.
  • We used Dark Walnut stain and polyurethane finish.

Step 10: Attach tabletop to base

Pocket hold drilled into the underside of our dark-stained wood kitchen table top
The table top is being securely attached to the base using screws, completing the assembly of the kitchen table.
  • Attach the tabletop to the base with screws.
  • If your base doesn’t have a platform, create one using plywood.
The man is checking to ensure that the table top is level, ensuring stability and proper alignment.
  • Ensure the top is level; adjust as needed with shims under the tabletop.

DIY Tabletop: The Reveal

This gorgeous dark wood table top is an easy DIY project that fits perfectly in our breakfast nook

We love how our new tabletop turned out! The square shape functions so much better for our kitchen and the banquette seating area!

This dark wood kitchen table top is the perfect farmhouse style kitchen table for our breakfast nook

Other methods of building a kitchen table top without pocket holes involve complicated table top construction techniques like dowel joinery or biscuit joinery.

Both of these methods require jigs and extra tools to make holes in the edge of the wood for dowels or biscuits.

our diy kitchen table top is stained a gorgeous dark chesnut color

How much did it cost to build this tabletop?

Not only is this DIY table top super easy to build (even for beginners), it was pretty inexpensive.

Cost breakdown:


If you wanted to find ways to cut costs, even more, you could choose a different type of wood that was more affordable.

Alternatively, you could also use a thinner wood and attach a border on the edge to hide the thinner wood.

Our farmhouse kitchen table top was an easy DIY project that looks amazing in our kitchen nook
A vase of flowers centered on our diy kitchen table top
The table base has been coated with a layer of white paint, adding a clean and polished finish to the overall appearance.
shows the white stand of a table with a can of Rust-Oleum chalked paint and a can of Behr wax finish on a wood floor

What about the cost of painting the table base?

The table base was also pretty cheap to makeover. Here’s the cost breakdown for the painted table base:


If you loved this, be sure to check out these other chalk paint furniture ideas!

So that means we’re into this table for approximately $170 – which is pretty good. Definitely, A LOT cheaper than buying a real wood table and the best part is that it fits perfectly in our space.

How to Make a DIY Kitchen Table Top: make this stunning dark wood kitchen table top, with woodworking plans included
How To Build A DIY Table Top

How To Build A DIY Table Top

Yield: 1 Table Top
Active Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $100

This kitchen tabletop is so easy to build, even for beginners. We incorporated pocket hole joinery to join the table slats together and used an old table base from something we already had and repainted it



  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Air Compressor
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Impact Driver
  • Jointer
  • Miter Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Square
  • Table Saw
  • Tape Measure


  1. Cut wood.
  2. Run wood through jointer.
  3. Drill pocket holes.
  4. Assemble table slats.
  5. Sand sand square table interior.
  6. Add border slats.
  7. Sand table top flat.
  8. Fill gaps and sand.
  9. Stain and finish.
  10. Assemble table.


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