Benchright Farmhouse Table

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Submitted by Beano911 on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:01

This was our very first project EVER and it came out beautiful! We needed a dinner table and couldn't find anything that came close to the thousand dollar Pottery Barn Benchright table. While searching for used furniture I came across these plans to build my own. After days of begging and convincing, my husband agreed to help me build it. Now he thanks me all the time! It was so fun and easy.

We did have a couple hiccups with the measurements. Ana did say to read through the plans and comments first, but we failed to write down and remember what others suggested. That being said, these plans were very easy. We took our time building this table since it was our first time using a miter saw and our first time building anything. Our table was a little more expensive than other braggers because we didn't use reclaimed wood and since we are beginners, we botched a couple cuts and had to buy a few extra boards :). After sanding, we took some chains and a hammer to the tabletop and legs to make a more distressed and rustic look. We painted the bolts and pipe black with Rustoleum Flat Black. Our pipe was longer than our table, so we had it cut. If you buy your pipe from Lowe's, they will cut and thread it for you. We couldn't find any hardware that look anything similar to the Pottery Barn Benchright. We checked Home Depot and Lowe's, but decided to settle with some plumbing knobs that screwed in the pipe. Once we painted everything and put it all together, we actually loved the pipe knob look more than the Pottery Barn table hardware!

This table is so darn sturdy and will last forever. I can't thank Ana enough, and thank you to everyone that posts these brags, because you helped me convince my husband and myself that we could do this!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Whiteboards from Lowe's for the legs and frame, and Red Oak for the tabletop
Finish Used
One coat of Minwax Wood Conditioner, Two coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut (the first coat will be ugly, but the second coat is money), One coat of Minwax Polyurethane in Clear Satin (we wanted our table to be protected, but not overly shiny.)
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Fri, 04/13/2012 - 16:07

It IS beautiful. When I first saw the main photo on the home page, I thought "there's no way they made that, they must have bought it at PB" because it looks JUST like the PB one. Like, exactly.

You did an excellent job!!


Sat, 04/14/2012 - 08:26

I love the look of your table, it is beautiful. You did a fantastic job for your 1st project. There will be no stopping you now. Love it!!

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