Here is the first design for a kitchen table that I want to build. I recently picked up a bunch of 2″x8″x8′ oak boards that were the base of a waterbed. The boards are a little older and beat up with lots of character. This is my initial idea for a table design using these boards as a top. The center section is a butcher block bar-top that I have laying around.
For the base, I like the idea of the semi rectangular shape made of 4×4’s. It will be very solid, and strong, but it will also be very heavy which will help offset the top-heavy weight of the table top. Most importantly though, the table will be sitting sideways across a 16′ set of glass doors and windows that let a lot of natural light into the room. This base allows that natural light to easily permeate the frame and light up the room freely.
I will be posting in progress shots as I build it out.