Assembling a table in under 10 minutes
A close-up shows the joinery used to square and lock the legs to the aprons in the Easy Base system from

We’ve long advocated that custom shops should do what they do best and outsource the rest. A new outsourcing option from allows shops to outsource strong, ready-to-assemble table bases in a wide variety of solid wood species and styles.

Designed by Matthew Burak, the Easy Base system from features precision-machined legs and aprons with specially designed corner blocks. Threaded inserts anchor heavy-duty, anodized screws to pull the assembly together for a strong, tight fit.

Each table base kit comes with machined legs, aprons (predrilled with pocket holes for the top), corner blocks, anodized assembly screws, and an Allen wrench, the only tool needed. There are also pocket screws for attaching your top.

What’s in the kit?

Each table base package comes as a kit with four legs, four aprons, four corner blocks, and eight screws with washers to screw into the legs. There’s also a pack of pocket screws to put on your tabletop and an Allen wrench to tighten the leg screws. Clear, simple instructions show how it’s done.

We assembled a sample kit in maple in less than five minutes. If you figure another five minutes for screwing in the top, the promise of a table in less than 10 minutes is quite realistic. The patent-pending design of the joinery helps snug everything up tight and square.

The Easy Base system from results in a solid table base that you can assemble in about five minutes.

Why outsource?

At this point, some shop owners are likely saying that this sounds like Ikea and not custom woodworking. Think about the opportunities. You can invest your time and money to source highly-figured or unusual wood to make a spectacular top, which is what people really pay attention to, rather than spending so much time on legs and aprons, which mostly get ignored.

You can widen your audience to include customers out of your area since the table base takes down for shipping just as easily as it assembles. also offers wide-board tops to match every base, unfinished or finished, in lengths up to 120 inches in cherry, hard and soft maple, mahogany, walnut, red and white oak. Or maybe you have some one-of-a-kind live-edge slabs looking for a suitable base.

Maybe you make cabinets, not furniture, but someone has requested a table-style vanity or a farm table to serve as a kitchen island. Now you can oblige them and make a profit, too. For more information, visit


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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.