Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Farmhouse Table

John and I (...or mostly me) have been eyeing DIY farmhouse tables for a while, and about a month ago, we finally got around to building one.  We were quite happy with how it turned out, and now John has even talked about building a coffee table and end tables.  I am trying to get him on board with this headboard (how fab is that?!).

All together, the materials to make this table cost about $200 (which is quite a steal considering the cost of dining room tables!), and it took us about 5 hours to make.  For inspiration, we used these tutorials as guidance: here and here.

What you need:
- A sander
- A drill
- 1 3/4 inch screws
- 2, 2x12 (@ 65.5 inches long)
- 2, 2x10 (@ 65.5 inches long)
- 2, 2x8 (@ 40.5 inches long)
- 2, 1x4 (@ 73.5 inches long)
- 4, 1x4 (@ 34 inches long)
- 7, 1x2 (@ 34 inches long)
- 4 stock legs (@ 29 inches long ...or you can use 4x4s for legs - depending on the look you're going for)

We were able to get all of our wood cut from Lowe's for free; we used pine, but obviously you can use a more expensive wood if it fits your fancy!

Begin by sanding all of the wood - especially the edges that were cut and the edges that will be exposed once the table is assembled.  No need to sand the 1x2s as they will be under the tables. 

After sanding, start by making the table frame using the long 1x4s and 2 of the short 1x4s.  Make sure that the long 1x4s are on outside of the shorter 1x4s.

Then, take the 1x2s and lay throughout the frame.  Make sure the bottom of the 1x2s are are level with the bottom of the frame, and screw them together.

Next, lay your 2x12s and 2x10s on the ground (make sure that the ends are equal with each other), and center the frame top.  Screw the 1x2s (that are fastened to the frame) into the 2x12s and the 2x10s that are laying on the ground.

After securing the 2x10s and 2x12s, place the 2x8s at the ends of the table and secure the same way.  For extra reinforcement, we laid a 1x4 flat and it fastened to the frame, and then screwed the board into the 2x8s.

Lastly, when the table is still on its back, fasten the legs to the frame.  John and I wanted sturdier looking legs so instead of using table stock legs, we used bar stock legs (which are larger than table legs) and trimmed the legs to the correct table height.  Secure the legs in the corner of the table by drilling from the outside of the frame into the leg.  

If you are concerned about nails showing you can use a countersink (the screws didn't bother us so we didn't worry about it).

Once the table legs are secure, flip the table over.  John and I carved our initials into the bottom of the table - just to really make it ours. :)

Once your table is flipped over, sand any remaining edges that need to be touched up.

In some of the tutorials that we read, people would bang up their tables a bit to give them a more weathered look, but we opted to not do this (we figured it would happen naturally over time).

We haven't stained our table yet, but we plan to eventually (although, to be honest, I am not in a huge hurry to do this).  If you don't stain your table right away, just take care to not spill anything especially severe on it (i.e., red wine) otherwise you may have a sad stain!

For Christmas, John's parents generously gave us money to put towards chairs for our lovely table.  And ever since, we have been on a chair shopping mission - and we think we finally have it narrowed down - hopefully our new chairs will be ready in time to show off for 5 on Friday! :)


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Nina!! It was so easy - and just in time for the holidays too :)


  2. Props to John for building that!! It looks fantastic!!


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