Fancy X Farmhouse Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:19
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build the Fancy X Farmhouse Table from 2x4s and lumber for $65.  A reader favorite, this table has been built thousands of times.  

We also have plans for a matching bench and lots more farmhouse furniture plans.

dark wood stained farmhouse table with X legs and cross bracing
side view of farmhouse table with cross bracing

 

 

Whitney from Shanty2Chic and I teamed up to help you get that designer look without the price tag! 

 

 

Whitney has a family of seven, and wanted to build a sturdy and strong farmhouse table with a little bit of fancy to it to dine on outdoors this summer.

This is my very favorite build yet! I have been in serious need for an outdoor table to seat my family of 7. When we stumbled upon a beautiful, long farmhouse table from Anthropologie, I knew it was love at first sight. Everything was perfect about it... Except that $2,000 price tag... Ouch. That hurts to even write. But... I knew who to call to help me make my own at a very small fraction of that cost! This baby only cost me $65!

Head over to visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic to get all the details, lots more photos, and a peek at her construction process!

 

Thanks Whitney!!!

 

Dimensions
dimensions diagram of farmhouse table with X bracing
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

4 – 2x10 @ 8 feet long

7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long

1 – 1x4 @ 12 feet long

3” self tapping wood screws 

2 ½” pocket hole screws

2” finish nails

Cut List

ENDS

  • 8 – 2x4 @ 11 3/8” (ends cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement, NOT parallel)
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 20”
  • 4 – 1x4 @ 28 3/8” **
  • 8 – 2x4 @ 32 5/8” CUT TO FIT **
  • 4 – 1x4 @ 3 ½”

 

MAIN TABLE

2 – 2x4 @ 65”

2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” (both ends cut parallel at 45 degrees off square)

4 – 2x10 @ 96”

 

** For 45 degree cut tops and bottoms (easier) on the legs top and bottom (see steps 3-5 and step 10), replace these cuts with:

4 - 2x4 @ 31" (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square NOT parallel long point measurement)

4 - 2x4 @ 34" (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square NOT parallel long point measurement)

General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Build four of these. I’d simply countersink screws from the backs into the ends of the cross braces using 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws

Step 2

Then just attach two of the leg pieces together with glue and 2” finish nails from each side

Step 3

And add the top/bottom. You can use 2” screws or nails here and glue.

Step 4

And then add the curved pieces. The ends may be a challenge – what I do is first cut a 2x4 32 5/8” long with both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends not parallel. Then make a second cut at 45 (or more if your saw cuts higher degree bevels) degrees off square and cut that same board 28 3/8”  short point to short point. 

Step 5

Repeat for the next layer of 2xs to build up your leg ends

Step 6

Followed by the little feet ...

Step 7

I'd recommend 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws here ... hide on top and bottom edges

Step 8

The easiest way to attach cross braces is with pocket holes.  But you will have to fill later with wood filler.

An alternative is to glue and screw through the cross brace into the top and bottom 2x4s with longer screws.

Step 9

And finally the top! I recommend building the tabletop first with pocket holes and then attaching.

If you are using the table outdoors, leave a little space between the boards for water drainage.

Step 10

And for the alternate ends like Whitney did - just use 45 degrees off square cuts.

Step 11

For more photos and construction details, please stop over and visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.

Comments

rnixon

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:30

The final step 9 instructions just say "And now the top". How are the table top boards secured? Shouldn't this be on the underside to keep the top clean of screw holes and filler? Thx!

mggardner

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 17:59

Having just built this, I have a few thoughts. We were kind of in a hurry. I built the K sections, put them together and attached the 1x4 pieces - but because the world isn't perfect, the 1x4's got pulled down slightly when screwed to the X pieces. Not a big deal, except then the 2x4's also got pulled down and we ended up with legs that weren't entirely flat. Also - we didn't want to put screws in from the top. SO, We cut two more 2x4's with angled ends and drilled sideways through them and attached them the top of the legs with 5 inch construction screws. That gave us a nice flat surface to screw the table top boards into from the bottom. We were using Select Yellow Pine for the top - but construction lumber is never perfect, so we did some planing to get the boards to fit nicer and belt sending to level them out (it is an inside table).

If I were to do one of these again, I think I would start the same way, but not attach the 1x4 and 2x4's to the top of the leg assembly. I'd glue and screw those together, then drill a pair of holes all the way through just above the inside of the X parts (counter sink a 1/4 inch deep hold first with spade bit), then attach the three pieces to the rest of the leg with 5 inch lag bolts. The bottom pieces could be done the same way but its not so necessary. The lag bolts will require a longer drill bit than most people have, but I think it will save time and build a nicer piece.

Better yet, replace the top 2x4 with a 2x6 or 2x8 - then you can drill pilot holes and screw the table boards from the bottom. If you want a screw to pull two boards together, either you need to drill through the first piece or make sure you use screws with threads only where they contact the second piece.

hannahkvick

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 16:56

Im super confused about the cut of the 1x4 (its used in the last step correct??) 

The cut instructions say to cut 4 pieces of the 12' 1x4 into 3 1/2'' and 4 28 3/8'' cut-- it is MORE than 12 feet. 

where are the 1x4s used?!

wachobf

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 21:38

So how did you connect the cross bracing on pgs 13 and 14 of the plan set? (Steps 7 and 8)

I'll assume the PH (most likely the 2 1/2") screws went in from the top and the bottom of the horizintal braces, but what did you use to secure the diagonal vraces to the horizontal braces.

 

Thanks.