Tools needed: Philips head screw driver, Robinson #0 square head screw driver, a drill with a 1/8″ drill bit, a square, clamps, hammer, nail set and a sanding block or power sander with 100 and 180 grid sanding paper. You will need at least two 30-inch clamps. The more clamps you have, the faster the assembly process will go. For the hardware pieces (not included in the kit), you will need the hinges, one extra set of steel screws and the brass screws that comes with the hinges. You’ll also need some wood glue and a damp cloth when you’re working with the glue.
Parts in the kit
The kit should have two legs, two feet, two apron sides, two apron ends and a hexagon top. We put the greatest care in ensuring our kits reach you in the best condition. If any of the parts are missing or damaged along the way, please use the contact form to reach us and include your phone number (optionally) so we can get back to you as soon as possible.
General instructions and glossary of terms
When putting furniture together, you use a combination of screws and wood glue. With this kit, you’ll use screws to attach the legs to the apron (the box under the top) and strengthen that by first applying some glue to the part of the legs that will be covered by the apron. Use glue sparingly in the same zig zag pattern you’d use to glue pictures in a photo album but not to close to the edges. When applying glue to the wood plugs on the legs, use your finger to spread out the glue a little. Wipe off the glue that comes out of the joints and sand it off after the glue has dried. This makes sure you won’t see glue spots when you apply the finish. Speaking of sanding, sometimes you’ll need to correct little imperfections by sanding (that’s the beauty of handcrafted materials). This aligning of sections is what is meant when the instructions say sanding flush.
The legs are attached to the apron end. Each end apron has three counter sunk holes on the inside. Center the leg in the middle of the apron by measuring from both sides to make sure they are equal (see image 1). With the top of the leg flush with the top of the apron end, screw in the three screws. Measure again to make sure the leg is centered on the apron end.
Remove the screws. Sparingly spread some glue on the apron end and attach the leg with three screws. If any glue squeezed out, be sure to wipe all of the glue off with a damp cloth. Apply glue to the outside of the wood plugs and insert the plugs into the counter sunk holes. Let dry and sand plugs flush.
Find a flat surface such as a work bench or kitchen table to assemble the apron component on. It’s good to dry fit, or pre-assemble the table before you apply glue to any of the joints. Assemble one apron end and one apron side (image 3) so you can insert the oak (best side facing the interior) plywood into the apron grove. Add the other apron end (image 4); finish up adding the other apron side (image 5). Now take the apron apart, sparingly spread some glue on the apron on each end joint and reassemble. Place a bar clamp to pull the apron joints tight. If any glue squeezes out, be sure to wipe all of the glue off with a damp cloth. Let dry and sand apron joints flush.
Images 3, 4, 5
Sand the two table feet with 180 grit sand paper. With the table leg sticking up in the air, slip the foot on to the leg (image 6). If the mortise and tenon joint is too tight, sand the tenon with 100 grid sand paper wrapped around a sanding block.Sparingly spread some glue on the apron on each tenon joint and insert the foot. If any glue squeezed out, be sure to wipe all of the glue off with a damp cloth.
Put a piece of new paper down on your work surface to protect the top. With the rounded edge facing down, position the assemble table apron unit in the center of the top (image 7). Measure 2 inches from the edge of the apron edge and position the hinge. Take a pencil and mark the holes where the holes need to be for the screws. Put a piece of tape ½ inch from the end of the 1/8 drill bit and drill the holes. Be careful not to drill all the way through the wood.
Position the hinges and attach with the screws using the STEEL screws.
Remove the hinges. Sand the entire piece with 180 grit sand paper. Apply the finish of your choice. Reinstall the hinges with the brass screws.