Customized Farmhouse Table

Submitted by hhoward on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 23:06

I found this website while trying to find DIY plans for a bookcase for my sons room. After I saw all the plans, the bookcase project got bumped down the list. My husband was a little skeptical when I said I wanted to build a kitchen table, but he still handed over the keys to his truck and off I went to the hardware store.

I built this during the night after my 4 month old son went down for the night, so usually around 7:30pm. I tried to be finished with anything loud (sanding) by 9pm. I changed the dimensions to be shorter and wider than the plans and I removed the stretchers since I wanted the option to put chairs on the ends. To keep the table sturdy and square I substituted 2 x 6 for the side boards instead of 2 x 4 and also added corner supports underneath. Because I had 2 x 6 as the side boards I also needed to make the table slightly higher to still give adequate leg room. The table is 31" high instead of the normal 30". The top is 2 x 10 tongue and groove clear Doug Fir left over from a flooring project.

I sanded the entire table starting with 80 grit, 120, 220 and then used 320 in between polyurethane coats. I also sanded down all corners and edges since in no time my son will be learning to walk and I want to avoid serious injuries by running into sharp corners.


Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
First coat was Watco Danish Oil Medium Walnut (brought more red out of the wood than I was anticipating) followed by two coats of Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut. Applied 3 coats of Minwax Fast Drying Clear Gloss Polyurethane.
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