DIY Geometric Wood Table Top – How To Steps

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The How To Steps and video for a beautiful Poplar DIY Geometric Wood Table Top.

Last month I shared the how-to steps for a DIY Cedar Mosaic Tabletop. I loved that one so much that I just had to give our old kitchen table a DIY Geometric Wood Table Top in Poplar. Cedar and Poplar are both available in Lowes and Home Depot, so easy to find. And, the both have great variations in color and grain, which totally adds beauty to the design.

If you love a good geometric wood art project too, check out this scrap wood art project tutorial or this pretty DIY Cedar Chevron Wall Art on my blog. Or head over to YouTube where I’ve put all my Geometric art and table videos in this DIY Wood Geometric Art Playlist. Now let me show you that beautiful, whitewashed DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. πŸ™‚

How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.
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DIY Geometric Wood Table Top Steps

Watch this video to see the exact steps I used to make this DIY Geometric Wood Tabletop. You can see the exact steps to make your own geometric table top in this video. All of the steps are shown in the video with written steps and tips along the bottom of the video.

Here’s What You’ll Need

After all the layout planning, I love how this pattern turned out.

4 DIY Tips for this Geometric Wood Project

Tip One

I recommend that you use a plywood or MDF board as the base for your table top, even if you have to make it. I have had this table for 8 years, so I know it doesn’t have wood movement issues. And, it’s a veneered plywood or MDF. Most table tops screw off of the legs. So, you can always use the legs on your table and replace it with a new top.

How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.

Tip Two

Make sure to use enough glue. You want a lot really. I have gotten so used to gluing the pieces that I can tell by looking that the glue I put on will spread across the entire bottom of the piece. But, I realize you can’t tell that I’m doing that in the video.

So, make sure to use enough glue to cover across the bottom of the board. You might want to spread it across the board with something like this wood glue roller.

Tip Three

Designing the layout for your DIY Geometric Wood Table Top is half the fun. Make sure you plan the layout in sections before you make the cuts. I like to lay the boards on top to help me picture whether or not I like the design. I try to avoid making small, awkward looking cuts by changing the direction on pieces before a row can end on a small piece. πŸ™‚

Tip Four

The final tip is to use epoxy resin over the wood and wood filler. The epoxy is another way to keep the wood and wood filler from shifting during expansion and contraction of the wood. One of the wood fillers I used for a similar project raised slightly above the wood, in a couple of spots.

I didn’t use epoxy resin on that table. I think pouring a layer of epoxy resin over the entire surface after using wood filler and sanding the table top smooth and clean would prevent most, if not all of that movement.

This DIY Geometric Wood Table Top has been in my kitchen for months now without any wood movement or wood filler issues. I’m sure the epoxy I used on it has something to do with that. πŸ™‚

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How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.
Planning the layout before you make cuts and glue the boards down is the key to getting a DIY Geometric Wood Table Top or Wall Art design you love.

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Step by step video with tips to make a DIY Mosaic wood tabletop. how to make DIY Geometric Wood Table Top or Geometric Wall Art.
I’m loving that whitewashed look on this Poplar. It really gives it beautiful, rich tones of grey and white.

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How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.
I’m really liking the way it looks with that $20 DIY Barn Star Wall Art too.

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How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.
A DIY Geometric Wood Table Top designed with just these squares inside of squares would look beautiful too. πŸ™‚

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Step by step video with tips to make a DIY Mosaic wood tabletop. how to make DIY Geometric Wood Table Top or Geometric Wall Art.
I used Amy Howard Chalk Paint in Linen on the table base. I used Amy Howard Spa White as the 50/50 mix with water to whitewash this DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I love this table so much, I replaced that DIY Round Kitchen Table with this one in my kitchen. You can see my kitchen in this super popular How to Whiten Grout tutorial. πŸ™‚

Step by step video with tips to make a DIY Mosaic wood tabletop. how to make DIY Geometric Wood Table Top or Geometric Wall Art.

How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.

You can see more of this DIY Mosaic Wood Table with build steps and tips in a previous post.

Tips and how to video for this beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top. These steps can be used to make this as geometric wood wall art too!

Just the Glue Up on the Tabletop

Since I love watching glue up videos, I also put together this 3-minute look at the glue up on this DIY Geometric wood table top design.

Looking for more of my DIY Furniture Makeover videos? You can see them here, on my YouTube channel. πŸ™‚


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DIY Geometric Wood Table Top

How To Steps and Videos for this beautiful DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. I used Poplar, but this would look great with reclaimed wood, Cedar, Oak, and more. DIY Mosaic Wood Art project.
The How To Steps for a beautiful Poplar DIY Geometric Wood Table Top. Reclaimed Wood, Cedar, Oak, any wood can be used.

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Nailer
  • Power Sander

Instructions

DIY Geometric Wood Table Top Steps

Watch this video to see the exact steps I used to make this DIY Geometric Wood Tabletop. You can see the exact steps to make your own geometric table top in this video. All of the steps are shown in the video with written steps and tips along the bottom of the video.

4 DIY Tips for this Geometric Wood Project

Tip One

  1. I recommend that you use a plywood or MDF board as the base for your table top, even if you have to make it. I have had this table for 8 years, so I know it doesn’t have wood movement issues. And, it’s a veneered plywood or MDF. Most table tops screw off of the legs. So, you can always use the legs on your table and replace it with a new top.

Tip Two

  1. Make sure to use enough glue. You want a lot really. I have gotten so used to gluing the pieces that I can tell by looking that the glue I put on will spread across the entire bottom of the piece. But, I realize you can’t tell that I’m doing that in the video.
  2. So, make sure to use enough glue to cover across the bottom of the board. You might want to spread it across the board with something like this wood glue roller.

Tip Three

  1. Designing the layout for your DIY Geometric Wood Table Top is half the fun. Make sure you plan the layout in sections before you make the cuts. I like to lay the boards on top to help me picture whether or not I like the design. I try to avoid making small, awkward looking cuts by changing the direction on pieces before a row can end on a small piece.

Tip Four

  1. The final tip is to use epoxy resin over the wood and wood filler. The epoxy is another way to keep the wood and wood filler from shifting during expansion and contraction of the wood. One of the wood fillers I used for a similar project raised slightly above the wood, in a couple of spots.
  2. I didn’t use epoxy resin on that table. I think pouring a layer of epoxy resin over the entire surface after using wood filler and sanding the table top smooth and clean would prevent most, if not all of that movement.
  3. This DIY Geometric Wood Table Top has been in my kitchen for months now without any wood movement or wood filler issues. I’m sure the epoxy I used on it has something to do with that.

14 thoughts on “DIY Geometric Wood Table Top – How To Steps”

  1. I use a small rounding over bit on a router to give a tiny shadow line on each piece. That may not work on a table top but it works great on mosaic wall art. You don’t have to worry about filling cracks.

    • I love that look too. I usually just grab my sander and round off the corners on my wall art. But, I love the crisp, perfect look of a rounded or chamfered edge from a router. πŸ™‚

  2. What an incredible project! It’s kind of like quilting, with different Material, tools, and processes. Your persistence with the fillers is admirable. There are times when a project goes wrong and I just end up with a UFO – Un-Finished Object. Great video and finished result! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Jeanne. This one was definitely a labor of love. And, I know what you mean about UFO projects. I have 3 in my garage at all times. LOL

  3. Wow – this looks absolutely gorgeous! Added it to my woodworking board on Pinterest in the hope that I will get some time this year to make something like it – or at least some wall art (love that too)!

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