The oak dining table is a simple but useful item that can be made with just four oak planks and a few simple construction skills. The table can be built in the Dining Room of your player-owned house, and it will earn you 240 Construction experience when completed. In addition to its practical use, the oak dining table can also be used as a training exercise for the Construction skill. Because it requires only four oak planks, it is an easy item to build and should take a relatively short time.
Build an oak dining table
You'll need plenty of extra hands to help build a table top. You'll also need a jointer, a planar, and 120 and 220-grit sandpaper. Finally, you'll need to stain the table top. The wood needs to be dried indoors, as the humidity in your home will affect the final product.
Depending on your skills, you can build this table yourself for about $500, which is much cheaper than buying it from a store. You also don't need to be a professional woodworker to do this project. Even if you don't have any experience, you can still learn the basic skills necessary to build a solid table.
If you've never tried DIY projects before, it may be best to get an online guide or find a DIY plan online. Some tutorials will explain how to make a round table, and some will even include pictures. There are also plenty of videos available to help you along the way. Make sure to check out both the video and the PDF before beginning your project.
You can download a free set of plans for a dining table online. These plans include all the lumber and tools you'll need, along with detailed instructions. Some of these plans come with color-coded pictures to help you understand what you need to do. If you have limited time and don't want to purchase a table from a store, you can also download a plan that will allow you to build a table for under $150.
Place place settings on the table
To set a table for a family meal, consider using place settings with a traditional look. This will ensure that no one has to shuffle place settings later. Start by placing the charger in front of each chair, followed by the entree plate to the left. Next, place a napkin on top of each plate, using a proper fold. The napkin should be folded in three folds so that the crisp rectangle remains visible at the top.
When setting a table for a formal or informal dinner, you should use placemats or tablecloths. Depending on the style of the event, placemats should be placed about half an inch from the table's edge, while tablecloths should be placed at least four inches apart.
Decorate the rest of the space around the table with decorative objects
One way to add dimension to your dining table is to decorate it with a candle centerpiece. To create this centerpiece, place one or two candlesticks in the center of the table. The number of candles is up to you, but you'll want to make sure the overall look is harmonious.
Decorative trays can anchor the table's look and can also reflect the seasons. They are a great way to add interest to a table without taking up precious floor space. However, Professional Staging recommends limiting the number of items on each tray to two or three. This is an important aspect, as too many objects tend to look crowded and cluttered. For example, a single candle and a small vase with flowers will make an elegant yet simple centerpiece. Adding salt and pepper shakers to a two-tier stand will also add a simple but elegant touch.
If you have a dining table with a center leaf, you can also use a low-profile centerpiece. You can choose a modern-looking runner or an antique-style one, but make sure the style you choose compliments your dining room's aesthetic. Another way to add a modern touch is to add colorful stones around the table. Marbles or lucky stones are good choices for this type of centerpiece.
Decorative objects can add an extra layer of decoration to the oak dining table. You can add fresh flowers or fake ones. You can also opt for an artful vase to add extra flare to your table. Mixing different textures and materials will help you create a stunning display. Another decorative object is a bust sculpture turned into a planter.