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Easy-Setup Dining Table

Whether you need temporary furniture for entertaining or a large, low-cost dining table for everyday use, you’ll have this project ready to go in a weekend.

Painted red door on sawhorses

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Random-orbit sander
  • 120- and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Drill and bit set (optional)


  • 2 - 29-in contractor sawhorses, #194254
  • 36-in hollow-core door, #10710
  • Extra-short wall anchors (optional)
  • Valspar Signature semigloss paint, quart, Berry Brown (#1010-7)

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Step 1

Sand the door and sawhorses with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper. Pay special attention to the ends of the door and the edges of the sawhorses. Sand off any markings as much as possible and round over sharp edges. Vacuum and wipe off the sanding dust.

Good to Know

You can save time by going straight to 180-grit sandpaper for the faces of the doors.


Step 2

Apply two coats of paint to the door and sawhorses (Berry Brown shown). If desired, apply an additional coat to the door. Allow the final coat to dry overnight before using.

Step 3

Position the sawhorses about 57 inches apart (measuring between the tops). Center the table top between the sawhorses with about 2-1/2 inches overhanging the top ends of the sawhorses on each side.

Step 4

If you need extra stability to keep the top from shifting on the sawhorses, drill a centered 3/16-inch hole 3 inches from each end of the sawhorse top. Drive 2-inch panhead screws from the undersides of the sawhorse tops into the door.

Good to Know

Avoid overtightening the screws in the thin door skins. If necessary for added strength, insert extra-short wall anchors in the door for reinforcement.