Originally Posted by notacarpenter
I LOVE harvest dining tables and I have an existing ugly dining table. I own no power tools. I'm wondering, would it be possible to nail slats of wood to the existing table top, then maybe paint the ugly legs? Am I in way over my head or should this be an easy task? I figure HD or Lowes could cut the wood to size?
You will definitely need "some" tools. Just nailing some slats to the existing top would not work, because for one, the wood will move, opening up seams as the temperature changes. Secondly, Home Depot would not make precise cuts for you. Then there is the part of sanding, staining or painting the wood.
To have a proper table top, you would have to glue up some stock, whatever type you want, oak, maple, pine, etc.. Sand or plane it to make the top smooth, stain, paint and apply a protective finish. These are just some very basic things that I am telling you, your mileage may vary depending on what you really want. But I would not just nail some slats for a kitchen or dining room table.
As one old timer once told me, you can do whatever you want and like what you want....but if you want something to look nice, and last for a long time...do it right the first time...you will not regret it.