Recently we were able to work with Cut Loose Hair Design on not only their branding, but their interior design as well. One of the biggest draws to their salon is that they are very family-friendly and wanted to encourage that in every part of their space.
Our inspiration for a waiting room with a large family style dining table was originally found here. Although they loved the idea, Cut Loose didn’t have the extra square footage to host such a large table. Instead, they shrunk the table size down to accommodate their space. The finished piece is a slender sized dining room table that functions great within their space, but also creates an inviting and relaxed client waiting area.
We found several Table DIY’s as examples to help Cut Loose Hair Design visualize and create their own custom design.
Our list included:
- IKEA Vika Lerberg Iron Legs DIY from Stylizimo
- 3-Prong Hairpin Legs DIY from A Beautiful Mess
- Pottery Barn Inspired Wooden Legs DIY from Shanty 2 Chic
- 9 4x4s
- 1 2×4
- 2 8ft 1/2″ threaded rod
- 8 1/2″ washers, split washers, and nuts
- X4 Joint plates
- Box of Truss Screws for low profile on joint plates
- Drills bits
- 4 Casters (consider to hold enough weight)
- 8 3″ x 3/8″ lag bolts for x beams (2x4s)
- 16 2″ x 1/4″ lag bolts to hold casters
Ultimately the final design was one Cut Loose customized to their personal tastes. We asked the maker Matt Yacko, the owners son-in-law, to share his final thoughts, creative process, and any tips that might help others looking to make a similar table.
- Start with making the table top first: I identified where the structural supports needed to be which were close to the ends and then split equally across the middle.
- Experiment with the arrangement of the boards before inserting the metal rods: Since all of the boards were slightly different in thickness or had a unique warping, each 4×4 had to be measured and marked so that the surface of the table would be as close to flat as possible.
- Cut ½” threaded rod to the approximate desired width of the table: Make sure there is plenty of left over just in case! After drilling the first board, inserted the rods through the holes in order to line up the next 4×4.
- Use decorative hardware on the sides of the table to cover up the rod holes and add additional support: I cut the ½” threaded rod so that it would sit just recessed inside the counter bored holes and then installed the hardware to secure the tabletop into one piece.
- Assemble the entire table, stain the bottom, and add the casters while upside down: Flipping the table right-side-up is a task in itself, wait until you are completely finished and then use a friend!
- Install the legs using a framing joint commonly found at your local hardware store: Afterwards, measure out the desired angle of the cross beams securing the legs lag bolts in countersunk holes.
- Sand the bottom of the table with a heavy 40 grit belt sander: Legs are likely to touch this area but the finish is not as important because it will not be seen.
- Lightly sand the top, side, and legs of the table to preserve it’s natural finish: I used 2 coats of medium-sheen gloss polyurethane to seal the wood and smooth the surfaces with a light 200 grit sanding in between coats.
It’s always fun seeing clients take your initial ideas and truly make them their own. Walking into the Cut Loose Salon, the table is such a fun focal point and is always filled up with people, coats, and crayons.
Regardless of if you are looking to create a similar table for a waiting room or for your actual dining room we hope you’ve found a good example to get your creative juices flowing!
Now start drawing up sketches on that napkin! Go a head. You can do it, and send us photos when you’ve finished your own Rustic Table DIY!
Thanks again Matt for providing the supplies list and how to instructions!
From The Farm
Leave a Reply