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How to use a Kreg Jig to make a tabletop

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Making furniture can mean any number of things. Sometimes, you might have a base and just need to make a tabletop. The easiest thing to do is make a rustic tabletop with individual boards and join them together with Kreg Jig pocket holes.

You can use a Kreg Jig to make a tabletop easily by joining a bunch of boards together and forming a top that meets your specifications. Let’s show you how to do it.

Final tabletop with Kreg jig

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Rustic tabletop construction with pocket holes

We found a metal table base on the side of the road in our neighborhood that was next to a stack of shattered glass. Clearly, the glass top broke and they threw the whole thing by the curb. We took the base with us.

This gave us a great opportunity to make a rustic wooden tabletop from old boards. We saved the boards from our rustic dining table after we recently made a new modern angled leg dining table. These 1x4s were perfect for making a new top.

Overhead view of Kreg jig tabletop

We opted to make a simple rectangle top entirely using Kreg pocket holes. Then we attached it to the metal base and had a nice rustic coffee table!

Rustic tabletop

Preparing to make a tabletop

The first step was to measure the base and then add two inches to the length and the width. This way there would be a one inch overhang on all sides. Cut your boards to be the right length and determine how many you need to meet the width of your table.

Depending on what look you want for your tabletop, pre-stain your boards different shades for a rustic look, or leave natural and stain once it’s put together at the end.

How to make a tabletop with a Kreg jig

In order to build a wooden tabletop using a Kreg jig, the key is to make sure that there are a lot of pocket holes going in each direction from each board.

We recommend doing two pocket holes out wide on one side, then one to two pocket holes in the center going in the other direction.

Pocket holes on tabletop boards

It’s important to have pocket holes in alternating directions so that the boards don’t curve at the joints when you pick up the table. The longer a tabletop is, the less stable it will be if you don’t have side rails.

Make sure that when you’re joining the boards you do two other things. 1) use a bead of wood glue between the boards to prevent bending, and 2) clamp down the seam of the two boards to ensure they remain flush.

Clamping boards on tabletop

In order to make a tabletop made from a bunch of boards screwed together look better, use a palm router to round over the the top edge or add a chamfer edge to the underside.

Routing edge of tabletop
Routered edge of table

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Attaching to a base

We were attaching our wooden top to a metal base, so that required drilling holes through the metal and attaching the top with screws. Once that was done, we flipped it over and added a couple coats of polyurethane.

Attaching base to tabletop with screws

If you have a wooden base, you can drill pocket holes into the legs of the base to attach directly into the top. Make sure you use the correct screws.

How to use a Kreg Jig to make a tabletop - Charleston Crafted

It’s easy to make a simple wooden tabletop with a Kreg Jig by joining boards together to fit the width you need. Just make sure you alternate your screws so that you create the best fit!

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