How to build a wood table with an X base.

It’s Monday! If you love breakfast as much as I do, you will love our newest wood table build.

When I say newest build, I mean the most recent thing we have built before we started our l o n g kitchen project.  Read about our latest kitchen updates, here. (Be sure to follow greywoodmama on Instagram for behind the scenes updates!)

A breakfast table.  Yep, it’s only for breakfast. Kidding, it gets used for everything. I’m still calling it a breakfast table, tough.


A while back, we needed something to fill the space of our breakfast nook in the kitchen, so we built an island that two people could sit at.  It was perfect for eating/serving food and the perfect ‘catch all’ spot for mail, computers, etc. You know what i’m talking about, we all have one.

To see a glimpse of this island, see my post on our kitchen renovation update, here.

Once we decided to renovate our kitchen and get two large dogs, I knew the kitchen island was just too big for the space and we needed something smaller. Did somebody say breakfast table?  Yep, I did.

I often have ‘I want to build this today and have it done tomorrow’ moments.  This was one of them.  Thankfully we had plenty of scrap wood and we didn’t need to make a trip to Menards.

Let’s get to it, here’s what you will need:

5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
A mixture of boards for the tabletop (same height)
1 1/4” and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws
4” or longer lag screws
2” or longer wood screws
Kreg Jig
Wood Glue
Biscuit cutter and biscuits
Polycrylic finish



Create two X’s out of the 1x4’s (one for the top and one for the bottom).  Attach the 1x4’s together using a Kreg Jig.

(Side note: The Kreg Jig was one of our best purchases, as it has been an extremely useful and helpful tool!)

1x4 cuts:






Cut a 4x4 to height (we did 22 inches) and screw your X’s to the 4x4 (smaller on top, larger on bottom).


It will be a little bit wobbly at this point - don’t worry there is more support on the way!


Add the 4x4 X bracing on the top and bottom of the center 4x4 post/board.

The blue represents the 1x4 X's.  The orange are the 4x4 X bracings.  They are all 11.5 inches and cut on an angle to fit. We decided to leave a 5 inch gap between the top X's and the bottom X's on the middle post.  Also, there is about 1 inch of blue board showing from the 1x4 X bracings.

Yes, I know my drawing isn't to scale, but it gets the job done!


We used 2 inch screws and wood glue to attach the orange to the blue.


Don't mind the table top, we aren't to that yet.  This will give you an idea of the 4 x 4 X bracing placement.


For the bottom part of the base, cut your remaining 4x4’s to the appropriate length and attach them to the 1x4 X base.

The green represents the 4x4's on the bottom.  The bottom length of the 4x4 is 11.25 inches long.  The top of the 4x4 matches up with the continuous blue board (1x4 bottom X).



Cut 4 small pieces (1 x 4s) and attach them to the bottom, as feet for the table. This will help with the stability. Glue or nail these in place.

Each piece was 5 inches long.




Glue together your mixture of boards for the tabletop using the biscuit cutter and biscuits. Once this is dry, trace a perfect circle.

Blog fail, I didn't take any pictures of this.  


Use a jig saw to cut out your circle, then sand the ends to make it smooth.  

(Bryn put together a jig to attach the router and make a perfect circle.)

Google 'how to make a circle jig' if you're curious about how to do that.



Screw the table top to the base on the underside using 2-3 inch screws.



Fill all holes with wood filler.  We used a mixture of sawdust and wood glue. Let it dry.


Give the table one last sanding.

Stain the table.

Once it's dry, give the table multiple coats of poly, sanding in between coats.


Please excuse the mess. When it's not freezing outside, our garage becomes our workshop. (Sorry neighbors!)


Oh, and those curtains. I am still loving my super simple no sew drop cloth curtains.

One last thing.

I had a few helpers.  And they wanted to be in the photos too.


I love it. Especially with the pups in the photo.  I mean, how could you not want to build one of these lovely tables now?

Once the kitchen is complete, I will share a picture of it in it’s new home. Until then, keep following me on Instagram, greywoodmama, for the latest updates.

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