To build your own rustic plank table is not at all difficult – and it's budget-friendly. This plank table measures 90cm x 165cm and is suitable for four people, but you can easily make a table to suit your needs.
You will need
8 planks for the tabletop
1 extra plank, cut in two, to lie across the 8 planks above and hold them together
32 flat-head wood screws
Sandpaper, fine and coarse (or an electric sander)
2 table trestles
1. Measure the length of the 8 planks and saw them so they are all the same length. Saw the extra plank into two pieces of wood, so they are a little shorter than the width of the table, but are still long enough to lie across all the planks. Sand the planks with the coarse sandpaper and then with the fine one, or with a sander. Sand all surfaces, especially along the edges, where people will sit.
2. Line the planks up with each other, and lie them with the tabletop side face down. Now place the two shorter pieces of wood across the planks at each end and screw them into place, using screws long enough to pass through both the wood and the planks – but not so long that they break through the tabletop surface. Try to press the planks together as tightly as possible to avoid gaps between the planks in the finished tabletop.
3. Vacuum clean the tabletop for sawdust and wipe it with a damp cloth.
4. Now the tabletop is ready to be stained. We used a grey stain to achieve a rustic look. Always read the instructions and follow the recommended drying time. When the tabletop is completely dry, you can place it on table trestles, such as those available from Ikea. The tabletop can just rest on the trestles, though we screwed ours on securely.
Project courtesy of Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg, published by Michael Joseph (£12.99)