Benchwright Farmhouse Table & Benches

Submitted by cengleman on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:18

This is my second project from plans on the site. My first build was in taking the rustic x table and modifying it coffee table size. After having success with that I decided to build the dining table. It took me a bit of time, mainly because I hate sanding and finishing. The 1x6's on the top were a bit uneven, so I took a hand plane to the seams. This didn't completely sand out, but it gave the top an older worn look that I really like. I did not add the iron pipe. I had a hard time finding any of the decorative embellishments for the ends and I also decided that being 6'2", I might enjoy the extra leg room.

I built both benches according to plan, except that I increase the outside 2x2s of the top to 2x3s and made an upholstered bench to serve as a cushion. I liked the look of the wood top for the benches, but wanted something a little bit more comfy.

I would strongly encourage anyone to build items from any of these plans. I've always been good at building, but just needed something to serve as a guide. There are times when your own modifications come in to play. I think that reflects you taste and in some cases the material you have available to you. But all in all, everything I've tried has worked well.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Minwax jacobean stain, with 2 coats of Minwax fast drying satin polyurethane.
Recommended Skill Level

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