How to Build a Rustic Table Top

Many people keep a folding table or two in storage in case they have a buffet or need to seat more dinner guests. Wouldn’t it be nice to dress that table top and make it blend in with your furniture?

That’s just what we’re going to do in this how-to video!

Rustic table tops can make a plain plastic folding table blend in with your furniture.

Folding tables come in handy for Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions when you need to break one out for a feast. However, while they’re functional, they’re not very stylish. 

Here’s how you can transform a basic folding table into a beautiful farmhouse table, with plenty of time to spare before your next gathering.

The materials you need to make a rustic table top are inexpensive if you have wood glue, paint or stain at home — expect to spend about $50.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Folding Table
  • 3 pieces of pine, 1-by-10-inch, for the top
  • 3 pieces of pine, 1-by-3-inch, for the edges
  • Titebond II Premium Wood Glue (or Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue if used outdoors and exposed to rain)

How to Build a Rustic Table Top

1. Glue the table top pieces together with wood glue, and then clamp and set for 24 hours

2. Measure and mark for the proper
edge length, and then cut at a 45-degree angle

3. Glue the edge pieces to the top pieces and space out each nail

4. Sand the top and edge pieces before applying stain
or paint. Let dry for 24 hours

5. Finish your rustic table top with a clear coat of polyurethane (we used Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane) and let dry for 24 hours.


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