DIY Tutorial: Modern Dining Table with Lattice-Style Square Motif

We love featuring party-going guests, so we are so happy to have so many great projects being shared there lately! (The party runs Friday mornings through Monday night, every weekend — come join!) Yvonne shared her lovely modern dining table at the party awhile back, and she’s here today to share the tutorial with all of us.
unfinished wood square lattice motif dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

 
We love the lattice-style square motif — modern, classic, and clean. Looking around Remodelaholic, you can see a similar design in our outdoor baby gate (get the plans here):
Outdoor Tall Baby Gate, Remodelaholic.com
 
and in this lovely West Elm inspired headboard by Decor and the Dog (featured here):
West Elm Knock-Off Window Headboard, Decor and the Dog featured on Remodelaholic.com
 
and in this great wainscoting style by This Home Of Ours (featured here)
Square Lattice Wainscoting, This Home Of Ours featured on Remodelaholic.com
 
And now, here’s Yvonne to share with you her lovely square motif ktichen table so you can make one of your own!

DIY Modern Dining Table with Square Motif
by Yvonne of Sunnyside Upstairs

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Aloha! I’m Yvonne of Sunnyside Up-stairs. I type from the west coastline of O’ahu, Hawai’i about hand-making the furniture and finishes in my family’s once-empty 600 square foot home.  Since I learned I could build furniture for little cost, I determined I would custom build what we needed for our small space.  The 8″ deep herringbone console table I made for our mini entryway is one of my husband’s favorite pieces.  I personally love the reclaimed wood coffee table I made for $5, and I am continually grateful that I was able to hand-build our entry door. It gives me a quiet smile every time I climb up-stairs to our little home.

I recently tackled a huge project for our kitchen, a table that I call our Squared2 Dining Table, inspired by the Squared2 Dining Chairs I built from Ana White’s plans.  Since our dining table is so close to our entry door, we wanted something slight of frame, with a small visual footprint.  We created our solution for under $90.

I usually build things based on what wood I find or have available, but for our dining table, I created my first set of building plans in PowerPoint, my go-to basic graphic and layout creator.  I’m something of a web-Neanderthal.  =D
modern square motif dining table building plans, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic
The table frame itself was a simple design.  I cut 8 – 1x3s @ 30″ to make the square legs and 2 – 1x3s @ 43″ for the table apron.

modern square motif dining table DIY building plans, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

I attached the 30″ 1x3s using pocket hole screws that would show on the inside of the table and under the table legs.

pocket holes and screws to build table top, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

Then I used pocket holes to connect the table apron to the square legs until the table frame was complete.

pocket holes and screws to attach table legs, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

I spent an entire afternoon designing three different versions for a table top, but my husband ultimately wanted the first one, of course, which echos the back support pattern on our chairs.

square motif dining table design, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

I still used pocket hole screws and Titebond III wood glue to make the above pattern, first assembling the yellow and orange coded 2x2s to make U and L shapes.

pocket holes and wood glue to build square lattice design dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

 

 

 I positioned the large U and L shapes, and then assembled the smaller Ls, which will create squares when attached in the right angles of the large Ls and Us.  It’s a lot simpler than it sounds, I promise!  🙂

building the lattice-style square dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

Once the smaller Ls and 4″ spacers were attached, I had this pattern:

 

 

building the DIY lattice-style square dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

Originally, I planned to purchase 3/8″ annealed or tempered glass, but my husband and I couldn’t afford the $300 price tag we were quoted locally.  So, we listened to good advice, and purchased and cut plexiglass instead, hoping it would be a safer option for our 3 year old daughter, too.  I scored the plexiglass repeatedly, and then applied pressure to the end to snap on the score line.  I used pliers to clip off any excess pieces of acrylic that did not cut cleanly.

install plexiglass table top on modern square motif dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic
 
When the build was complete, I revealed our dining table in it’s raw, unfinished state:
 
unfinished wood square lattice motif dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic
 
Then, after nearly a month of enjoying it al naturale my husband and I settled on dark purple, a color that has nearly snuck its way into many nooks and crannies of our home.  It is on our entry door, our modern scrap wood end tables, our 2×4 and glass jalousie rear console, and even on a drop cloth canvas floor cloth I painted, and I still have half a gallon of it left!  I love how it highlights and adds contrast to the table top pattern, is dark enough to be sophisticated, yet brings a touch of fun to our space.
 
dark purple painted lattice square dining table, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic
 
A year ago, I never imagined that I would be in the process of building the furniture for our home one room at a time, nor did I think I would love designing builds and bringing my ideas to life. 
 
Modern Lattice Square Dining Table Building Plans, Sunnyside Upstairs featured on Remodelaholic

 

If you’ve ever been on the fence about your ability to make something yourself, I encourage you to give it a try!  You may never know what could come of it otherwise.  🙂

Thanks for sharing, Yvonne! And I agree — it just takes a few DIY projects to catch the bug and then you’ll be building and remodeling everything! 🙂

Be sure to head over to Sunnyside Upstairs to see what else Yvonne has been designing and DIYing. 

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