Classic oak dining table

 
A highlight at low cost

What you save on this magnificent table, you can invest in a nice dinner with a good wine.

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The following construction guide applies to 27-mm-thick oak glued laminated timber boards and the table brackets described. You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness. If possible, ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

Made from oak glued laminated timber, our classic and elegant dining table comfortably seats six people. Thanks to a special metal fitting, the table is solidly constructed without the need for awkward beam joints. But the best thing about our table is the price: A piece like this could cost you a fortune in a furniture store. But build it yourself and you can save a tidy sum – put some of the money saved towards a nice dinner!

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Sanding paper, grits of 120–240, sponge
  • Wood wax, cloth, brush
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • Backing board, 600 x 600 mm (e.g. MDF)
  • Cloth rag
  • Wood glue, clamps

Required materials:

  • Glued laminated timber board, oak
  • MDF
  • Table brackets
  • Round head screws
  • Wood wax

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

1

Table top

1,400 mm

900 mm

27 mm

Oak glued laminated timber

1

8

Leg boards, wide

723 mm

100 mm

27 mm

Oak glued laminated timber

2

8

Leg boards, narrow

723 mm

46 mm

27 mm

Oak glued laminated timber

3

16

Interconnecting tongues

723 mm

20 mm

4 mm

MDF

4

2

Beams, long

1,200 mm

60 mm

27 mm

Oak glued laminated timber

5

2

Beams, short

700 mm

60 mm

27 mm

Oak glued laminated timber

6

4

Table brackets

125 mm

125 mm

7

48

Round head screws, 4 x 20 mm

1

Gluing together the legs

1 - Gluing together the legs
Gluing together the legs Gluing together the legs Gluing together the legs Gluing together the legs Gluing together the legs

Each table leg comprises two wide boards and two narrow boards that are glued together with tongue and groove joints. Mark each part so that you always know which belongs to which table leg at a later stage of assembly. Also mark all parts of the table leg with a triangle. By using the triangular symbol, you always know which part belongs where later. The grooves are routed to match the tongues measuring 4 mm in width and 11 mm in depth. To rout the grooves, clamp the board you are working on to the work surface, making absolutely sure to use pieces of scrap wood as buffer blocks so you can protect the workpiece from unsightly pressure marks.

Start with the wide leg boards. Adjust the router with the 4-mm straight bit to a routing depth of 11 mm and rout the grooves at a distance of 15 mm from the longitudinal edges on the inside using the parallel guide; with the narrow leg boards, make the grooves in the centre of the front of the boards (see drawing, table leg detail).

It may be difficult to have the narrower wood tongues cut to size by a retailer. In this case, you can cut them yourself at home with a jigsaw. Then glue the tongues with the wide leg boards. To do this, apply wood glue to one side of the grooves and then insert the tongues.

Once two tongues have been fitted in all of the wide leg boards, apply glue to one long side and the groove in all the narrow leg boards. Now attach the gluing faces of the narrow leg boards to the tongues in the wide leg boards. Finally, apply glue to the other long sides of the narrow leg boards and attach the remaining wide leg boards fitted with tongues.

2

Assembling the legs, beams and table top

2 - Assembling the legs, beams and table top
Assembling the legs, beams and table top Assembling the legs, beams and table top Assembling the legs, beams and table top

In furniture design, beams refer to the connector boards underneath the table top that span the legs. These boards reinforce the table construction. In the case of our table, a special metal fitting joins these beams securely to the legs and the table top.

First use the cordless screwdriver and round head screws (4 x 20 mm) to screw the top of the table brackets so they are flush with the inside corners of the table legs.

Now connect the legs with the beams through the table brackets to form a frame, once again using the cordless screwdriver and round head screws (4 x 20 mm).

Place the table top with the upper side face down on a clean, smooth surface (to avoid marks and scratches). Arrange the frame (with the legs pointing upwards) on the table top so that each of the legs are fully aligned with the corners. Now you can simply use the cordless screwdriver and round head screws (4 x 20 mm) to fit the frame underneath the table top.

3

Sanding the wood surface

3 - Sanding the wood surface
Sanding the wood surface

First buff all edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 or 180 at a 45° angle to create a small bevel. Use your sander to sand all visible surfaces in the direction of the wood grain, first with coarse sanding paper (grit of 120) and then with fine sanding paper (grit of up to 240). Afterwards rub the surfaces with a damp sponge to wipe off the dust. Some loose wood fibres may protrude while the wood is drying. You can remove these with sanding paper with a grit of 180. The wood is now ready for surface treatment.

4

Surface treatment

4 - Surface treatment
Surface treatment

First read the wax manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

Generously apply the wood wax with a fine spray system and remove any excess wax with a cloth. Observe the drying times specified by the wax manufacturer.

If you want to apply a second coat of wax, you need to sand the surface between coats using sanding paper with a grit of 240. Once again, you must always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Repeat the application as described in the section above. Once the wax has dried, polish the surface with a soft brush until it gleams.

5

Done!

5 - Done!
Done!


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Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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