In need of an instant holiday dining table? If you lack space for large furniture and are expecting guests, this easy-to-make, instant dining table might be the answer. Assembled from basic construction materials, the table and bench set cost less than $100, and most of it can be flat packed for future useâ€”or deconstructed and used for other projects.
Above: The just-assembled table and benches, all made from standard building supplies. Draping the designs in textiles that you have on hand, such as a drop cloth, adds the finishing touch. Original photography shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. The filmmaker’s camera.
- Eight Gray Concrete Half Blocks, measuring 8 x 8 x 8; $1.31 each from The Home Depot.
- Two Signature Development 29 Inch Sawhorses; $18.98 each from The Home Depot.
- Five planks of #2 Whitewood Pine Board, measuring 1 x 12 x 4; $7.16 each from The Home Depot.
- Sandpaper, such as the Norton 120-Grit Medium Premium Sanding Sheets; $3.97 for a pack of 3 from The Home Depot.
- Sibiu Canvas Drop Cloth to use as a tablecloth; $15.98 from The Home Depot.
Step One: Sand the edges of each plank of wood and both sawhorses (which are likely to be on the rougher side).
Step Two: Set up your sawhorses in the middle of the room; make sure that there’s enough space for the benches to fit on either side, and for guests to get in and outâ€”once the table is set up, you’re committed to its location. Position three planks of pine board across the top of the sawhorses to form a tabletop that sits firmly.
Step Three: On either side of the table, stack two sets of two cinder blocks and add a single plank of pine to each to form two 12-foot-long benches.
Step Four: Cover the table with a drop cloth and drape the benches with wool throws, tablecloths, or any other textiles you happen to have around.
Above: Now your that your sawhorse table is put together, dress it up for dinner.
Above: Celebrate your results with a strand of holiday lights, such as the LED Warm White Electric String Light; $38.98 for 20 feet from The Home Depot.