After finishing installing the our hardwood floors throughout the house we had some extra tongue and groove boards. Some were 5″ wide, some 3″ and other 2.5″. I thought it’d be a great idea to make some table tops out of them. We needed a breakfast nook for our kitchen, as well as a custom table for our living room.

I used a piece of 3/4″ plywood as the baker. Since the boards were also 3/4″ thick this left us with a pretty substantial 1 1/2″ thick table top. First I hammered them all down, just like the rest of our flooring.

Then I chopped off boards to length.

I finished the outside with a trim board of 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. This was the only joinery in the entire project. I glued them on, and then sanded the tables flat with the same floor sander we rented from the big box store. I finished them with a lighter stain, so they would stick out in the room.

I then applied some simple poly-urethane coats for protection.

The steel frame underneath the dining table is almost identical to my previous “conference table” design. Sorry I didn’t grab a good photo of it in place. You’ll just have to imagine…