Build the truss beam farmhouse table! Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com
5 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long or stud length
2 - 2x10 @ 12 feet long (tabletop boards - can be cut in half at store for easier transport)
1 - 2x10 @ 8 feet long (cut breadboards out of this board - can also use a 2x8 or 2x12)
Whitney used 2 1/2" Kreg HD Screws and a Kreg HD to build this table
You'll also need 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to put the tabletop together and to attach the tabletop to the aprons
2 - 4x4 @ 35"
4 - 4x4 @ 25 3/8" (both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel)
2 - 4x4 @ 28 1/4" (both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to long point, ends are NOT parallel)
2 - 4x4 @ 65"
2 - 4x4 @ 26 1/8" (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, long point to long point, ends ARE parallel)
2 - 2x4 @ 65"
4 - 2x10 @ 68 1/2" (tabletop boards)
2 - 2x10 @ approx 37" (cut breadboard ends to fit)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build two of the leg sets out of the 4x4s. Once you get one built, built the other on top of it so they match perfectly.
Attach the two legs together with the center beams.
Position the cross supports inside the table and attach to the top and bottom beams.
Add the 2x4 aprons underneath for added support.
NOTE: We kept these flat to keep the look the Shanty girls were after, but to make this table stronger (especially if you were modifying the table to be longer) I recommend attaching the 2x4s vertically instead of flat. If you go this route, make sure you predrill 1 1/2" pocket holes facing upward in the aprons to attach the tabletop in the next step.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.