Building Custom Wood Tables: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Custom wood tables can be an excellent addition to any room in a home. By making a custom table you can cater the design of the furniture piece to the aesthetics of your home. This means that you can customize the color, shape, style and many other facets of the table, and you can also design it for specific uses and places around the home. However, if you're building a custom wood table for your home, there are a few mistakes that you should always try to avoid to ensure that the table comes out successfully.

1. Not Finishing the Table

There are a few types of wood that do not need to be treated. However, most types of wood that you'll use for your table will require some sort of finishing. This doesn't have to be paint, if you're not interested in a painted table, but it should be at least a coat or two of varnish, lacquer, or other protective sealant. This will help the wood to stay protected from water and other items that may be spilled on it. It may help to reduce the incidence of stains on the table and generally to extend the lifespan of the wood as well.

2. Building the Legs Improperly

One of the biggest problems that many people run into when building a custom table is not building the legs to be able to support the table itself. Keep in mind the weight of the flat surface of the table, as well as the weight that you'll place on top of the table's surface. The legs must be thick enough and strong enough to support all of this weight, or else you run the risk of your table collapsing under the insufficient support of the legs.

3. Not Attaching the Legs Properly

The legs must also be attached to the table very carefully. This should be done with a combination of either nails or reinforced screws and wood glue. Not using a proper means of attaching the legs to the base of the flat surface of the table leaves the table exposed to potential damages and may result in the table falling apart or collapsing under excessive weight.

4. Not Sanding

Many types of wood that you may use for a table surface are very rough. If you make cuts to the surface of the table, you should always sand the edges down so as to avoid potential scrapes and snags later on. This will help prevent you from injuring yourself on the table and will also help protect the table as well.

5. Using the Wrong Wood

Some types of wood are simply too soft or too brittle to be used as the surface of a table. They will easily mark or scratch. Use a hard wood that will be suitable for the surface of your table and avoid these inappropriate wood types.