Why I built a standing height kitchen table
- Fun custom project, the size, height, frame and attachment were all specific to our pass through.
- Cost, a custom built table vs some 2×10 and 4×4 material is a no brainer.
Would I do it again?
Yes, in fact I will eventually make a new dining room table and plan to remake this table with a nicer wood and some small design changes.
We had a small dining table in the kitchen, with a pass through to the dining room. Like everyone else, when we had parties, everyone gathers in the kitchen. With people at the old kitchen table, the countertop in the pass through stuck out enough that there was hardly any room to squeeze past to get out to the deck, or come back in.
Step one was removing the countertop, this was FAR more difficult than I expected. We used to yell at the kids for hanging on this thing expecting that they were going to pull it off the wall and it would land on them. My first attempts at removing it including pulling, pushing, lifting….it didn’t budge. The reciprocating saw found the construction adhesive and proceeded to create smoke, but no progress.
If you’ve ever had your windshield replaced and watched how they do it, they cut through the adhesive with a wire. I grabbed an old guitar string and tried it out. No luck. It was starting to look like we might just have to take down the rest of the house and redesign it around this countertop.
My final idea ahead of cutting the countertop into pieces:
Amazingly, this worked. I went really slow, the adhesive popped and crackled as it slowly released its grip on the stone. My wife, was typically uncertain of my ambitious project, and happy to see me carry the counter in one piece down to the basement for storage “just in case”.
With the counter out of the way I removed the remaining adhesive with a chisel and took all the necessary measurements. This wall is built from 2×6 so it’s a lot wider than normal.
The table frame and planks came together pretty quickly.
With the number of tables I’ve built and repaired over the years, I’ve not seen great success with simply attaching the legs to the frame. For this project I decided to make some brackets from angle iron. This was surprisingly easy and even today (a few years later) they are still holding very strong.
With the table assembled I mixed some stains in order to get something to match the kitchen cabinets.
I cut a slot in the end of the table that would rest on on the pass through. I cut a strip of maple to tightly fit this slot. This strip was attached on the pass through with some screws. I’ll pop this back off and get a photo of it eventually.