How to Build Your Own Medieval Table

Perhaps you can’t visit Glastonbury nor its ancient glory; but you can make it seem like you’re in King Arthur’s world if you have a medieval table. Here are the instructions on how you can make your dining area appear like the ones from Glastonbury.

Wood needed for the table:

  • 2 pcs. of 2″x8″x8′
  • 2 pcs. of 4″x4″x8′
  • 5 pcs. of 2″x12″x10′
  • 6 pcs. of 2″x4″8′


Step 1: Make the tabletop

Medieval_Table_chairs_clavosTack the three 2″x4″x42″ braces under your four tabletop boards using 2-inch nails. Place them 19 inches from the end. Doing this will secure the braces before you screw them in place. Don’t forget to drill pilot the holes before drilling the wood screws. For this project, you don’t have to countersink your screws because your clavos will cover them later on.

Step 2: Build the legs

Cut the wood pieces for your table’s legs. Use a miter saw to achieve perfect 45-degree angled cuts. If you’re short on gear, then I highly recommend you to get your sawing equipment from Sawing Pros. After cutting, sand the legs. Whatever sanding tool you use is up to you, but I recommend a tabletop belt sander. Next, assemble the legs standing straight up to make sure that the base food platforms are level. Let the 4″x4″ and 2″x4″ braces hold the legs in place. To avoid unwanted gaps, ensure that you apply adequate pressure when you hold it while drilling the screws. If possible, put carpenter’s glue before screwing.

Step 3: Assemble!

Assemble everything without screwing the tabletop to the legs so that you could still sand the tabletop boards further. Make sure the corners of the tabletop are round and soft. You wouldn’t want a sharp medieval table in your dining room. When you assemble, it’s best to get help from other people especially since your materials won’t be light.

After sanding the tabletop, join the base “T” brace from underneath before interlocking it with the table’s legs for more horizontal strength. Let the T brace stabilize the table. It could even serve as a footrest, so that’s hitting two birds with one stone. Apply your favorite finish to your table after.

Step 4: Add the clavos

clavos-decorative-nailsCover all visible screw heads using clavos (decorative nails) to get that medieval look you’ve been aiming for. If you can’t afford a lot, perhaps half would turn out fine. It’s best to use the large ones for your table. A bit of tip, though, it’s ideal to pre-drill a starter hole and put it next to the screw head side to balance out the distance from each other. Remember to place your clavos in the starter hole and turn the cap till it overlaps the screw head. Using a rubber mallet, hammer it in. Don’t worry about the cap; it’ll, later on, level out when it meets the surface. If you used soft wood, be careful about hammering n clavos that come with sharp cap edges.


And that’s it! You can even design benches and chairs that go well with this medieval table. All you need is a miter saw and creating would be easy as making pie!