How to Make a Tall Table

By Kristin McFarland ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • wood
  • 2x4 boards
  • saw
  • sandpaper
  • electric screwdriver
  • screws
  • varnish or paint
A pub table can be made with simple woodworking tools.

A tall table, often referred to as a pub table or a bistro table, stands about 40 inches high and makes a stylish addition to your home. Customize your table's size and color to match your other furniture, and save money by building it yourself. With a few simple woodworking tools and the wood of your choice, you can create the perfect piece of furniture for your home.

Design your table according to your available space and desired style. Choose either a round or square tabletop, and decide how large you want the tabletop. The table's height should leave room for your tall chairs or stools. Purchase the wood for your tabletop, legs and support frame based on the measurements indicated in your design.

Measure and cut the tabletop, legs and support frame. If the table is round, the length of the support frame legs should equal the radius of the tabletop minus approximately two to four inches. If the table is square or rectangular, the length of each leg of the support frame should equal the corresponding side of the table minus two to four inches. Sand any rough edges.

Construct the support frame and table legs. The support frame consists of the four table legs at the table corners with the legs of the support frame in between, forming a rectangle. Stand each leg upright, with the end that will fasten to the bottom of the tabletop on the floor. The support frame legs should rest flat against the ground and will fit horizontally along the bottom of the tabletop. Screw the table legs into the support frame legs.

Attach the support frame to the tabletop by driving a screw through the support frame legs into the bottom of the tabletop. Use screws short enough so they will not drive through the top of the tabletop. Turn the table right-side up and wiggle the top on its legs. Tighten the screws in any joints that move.

Finish the table by varnishing or painting it as desired.

Tip

If you are an experienced woodworker or furniture builder, replace the plain 2x4s with more ornate legs.

Match the varnish or paint on your table to your chairs.

Warning

Always take caution when handling power tools. Wear gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes, especially when sanding.

About the Author

Based in southern Indiana, Kristin McFarland has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in the "Indiana Daily Student," "Indianapolis Business Journal," "River Falls Journal," "The Berkeley Daily Planet" and "Rio Grande Sun." McFarland earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.