I Made a Table

Hi I'm Jake!

Going stir crazy because of the social distancing.  And I needed a table.  I could have bought one from IKEA or Target for anywhere from $125 to $10,003!  To take my mind off things and to save money, I made a table for about $110.

The homemade table Jake Sharon made.  Plus, two IKEA chairs he assembled.


I went to the hardware store and bought the following materials :
  • A large piece of wood for $29.45
  • Four Waddell Pine 28-inch table legs for $11.98 apiece
  • Waddell 4-Pack metal, table leg, straight, top plates for $10.48
  • Two cans of Minwax Polycrylic water based polyurethane at $11.97 per spray can
  • Fine sanding block for about $3


I spent about 20 minutes building the table. Afterwards, I went to the hardware store and bought the water-based polyurethane varnish.  I did not record video of the varnishing.  That took about 4 hours including all the intermittent drying.  So I did not include varnishing in this making-of video. I probably should have though. Below are some directions on how to assemble the table, then directions on how to varnish it.


  • Philips/ standard screwdriver. Or powerdrill with Philips driver bit (recommended).
  • A clean surface on which to put your table top while you assemble your table.


  • Place your table top on a clean surface, with the side you want to be the underside face up.
  • Place each of the top plates where you think you want your table legs to go.  
  • Imagine who might sit at your table.  Are the top plates far enough apart for their legs to fit between them?
  • To ensure you have the top plates where you want them, measure their locations from the edge of the table top and see if that matches the other top plates.  
  • Screw in the screws included with the top plates.
  • Screw the table legs into the top plates.
  • Flip the table over.

Table leg has a screw on top to screw into the top plates.


Though not featured in the above video, I recommend varnishing your table to protect it against dings and stains. I used Minwax Polycrylic semi-gloss water-based polyurethane.  It is easy to use and easy to clean up. Just in case, I took my table outside to spray it. 

Minwax Polycrylic water-based polyurethane


  • Do this outside if you can.
  • Spray about 12 inches from the surface.
  • Spray in even lines, following the wood grain.
  • Overlap each line.
  • Do more than one coat.
  • Allow about 30-minutes of dry time in between coats.
  • In between coats, use the sanding block to lightly sand the surface.  If the surface looks slightly white, that is all you need to do.  You did it.
  • Wipe any debris from sanding off the table.
  • Apply a second (or third) coat.
  • To varnish the underside, I recommend waiting till the top is totally dry and flipping the table over.


I spent about $110 on this project.  So, compared to some of the cheaper tables out there, I didn't save tons and tons of money. However, it felt good to make a unique table, my table, that I will probably keep for years.  This table can comfortable seat two to four people.

I'm just trying to make the best of this situation and keep my mind off things. I hope you make something too. If so, please tweet me at @jakeisfantastic and share your projects. And/or, please subscribe to me on Youtube and/or leave comments.  

Bye! I'm Jake!