Reader Project: Modified Viking Table and Bench

The Family Handyman reader Kevin Rusch wanted to build a dining room table. When he saw the Built-to-Last Viking Long Table and Heavy-Duty Viking Bench, he knew with a few modifications, these plans would work.

Here are a few highlights from Kevin’s project: Douglas Fir was used for the base of the table and the bench, with Red Oak as the trim. For the tabletop, he chose Trail Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring instead of wood.  This surface is waterproof and doesn’t have any gaps. He glued pine boards together (which are reinforced) under the vinyl tabletop as the table was getting pretty heavy using the Douglas Fir wood. Since he didn’t want any exposed screws showing on the outside of the oak trim, he used Kreg screws underneath the table and bench. The stain was a mixture of Red Oak and Summer Oak.  The Douglas Fir stained much darker than the Red Oak, but he really liked the difference between the types of wood. Finally, he made one bench, so he could use his existing dining room chairs around the table.

Modified Viking long table

Modified Viking long table

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