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How to Make Your Own Retro Table for $200 or Less

How to Make Your Own Retro Table for $200 or Less


Have you ever thought of making your own beautiful and unique table for your home but don’t know where to start? Look no further than Bear Hollow Supply, where we’ve got everything you need to create your own personalized table. In this blog post, we’ll share with you different table legs and tabletops to choose from, and include some creative ideas to help get your imagination kick-started.

How to build a table, the Bear Hollow Supply way:



Table legs: Our cast aluminum table legs look like they’re straight out of the Industrial Revolution! With a slick wrought iron look (but a lot lighter!) and vintage style, they’re perfect whether you’re going for a rustic farmhouse look or a modern look. Our table legs are like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and we promise your new table will be an heirloom and conversation starter for decades to come. All of our legs are proudly made in the USA and come in a variety of sizes and prices:

  • Our 12” legs are designed for benches- $95
  • Our 16” legs are perfect for tables OR benches- $138.50 and $145.50
  • Our 18” legs are also great for tables OR benches- $132.99
  • Our 26” machine table legs will give your dining room table an industrious look- $305.90
  • We offer several 28” legs for different dining room table styles- $315.50 and $345 and $275
  • Our 34” legs are exactly what you need for a stylish bar or countertop-$350.75


For smaller tables or round tabletops, check out our matching cast aluminum pedestal bases. We also sell stretcher rods to add sturdiness to your new table. Our legs are easy to install (with the right equipment) and will last a long, long time.


Table tops: The beauty of tables is that you can use almost anything for a tabletop. From maps to Scrabble pieces to tile mosaics, people can get really creative with their designs. We love some of the ideas over at Family Handy Man, such as creating a concrete slab with beautiful leaf imprints and using an old door. For antique doors and other repurposed wood, you can usually find them for discounted prices at salvage yards or Habit for Humanity ReStores. Other creative and affordable tabletop ideas include installing lights (we sell them!), disassembled pallets, coins, bottle caps, mirrors…the list goes on and on.

If you don’t want to mess with having to figure out a tabletop for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Introducing our rustic black walnut slabs. Each unique slab is kiln dried and sanded, just waiting for you to put your own finish on it. They come with their own unique cracks and imperfections that truly make them one of a kind. The best part: These slabs are harvested right here in our home state of Ohio. They’re currently on sale for $365, so make sure to grab one before they sell out.


Finishing: If you enjoy making furniture and think this might become a hobby or even a part-time business, we highly recommend investing in a finish sprayer, which makes spraying stains, lacquers, enamels, latex and other coatings a breeze. You can get incredibly creative when you have the ability to add your finish. 


Check out just a few of the creative ways our customers have used our products to make beautiful, personalized tables. (You can see more ideas over on our Instagram and Facebook pages.) We particularly love the creativity of the letterpress tabletop. Letterpress blocks can be purchased for as little as $4 a piece or $50-$200 for an entire set. And just look at the impeccably finished wood slabs with inlay and texture.

Just a reminder: All orders placed before 11AM will ship same day and if you spend over $35, your purchase will ship for free! To see what other hardware and furniture-making products we offer, please sign up for our free catalog, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your project! Bear Hollow Supply has been family-owned since 1994 and your patronage is appreciated.

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