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Dining table around bench seat

Overview

Finding the exact size, shape and type of dining table to fit and complement your room can prove to be a difficult task. For a tailored table that fits your space like a glove, opt for the D.I.Y. route. Rock a retro vibe with black, solid steel hairpin legs on varnished pine.

Steps

1Prepare the pine panel

Smooth over the top and sides of the pine panel using an orbital sander with 180-grit abrasive disc, rounding over the corners slightly.
Close up of hands sanding the sides of a pine panel with an orbital sander

2Position and secure the legs

Turn the panel upside down. Position a hairpin leg in each corner, with the plates 50mm from the sides, securing with 30mm timber screws.
A person measures, positions and secures hairpin legs to a dining table

3Seal the top and sides of the table

Wipe away dust with a damp cloth, then seal the top and sides with varnish using a wide brush, leaving to dry thoroughly. Sand lightly with 240-grit, wipe away dust, apply a second coat of varnish and leave to dry.

Tip - Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

A person uses a paintbrush to apply a coat of varnish on a pine panel

4Prefer a vintage timber dining table?

Check out our wooden dining table project, we used reclaimed timber for a unique look!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.