For our first Easter, my wife wanted to bring both our families together to celebrate in our new home. I've never done any woodworking before but the plans from Ana and Shanty2Chic allowed me to stretch my creativity. I got some awesome power tools from my father and started cutting away. 2 weeks later we were eating, drinking, and laughing over a 106" farmhouse style dining table. The materials were from the local home store and it was untreated lumber. Because of my inexperience I bought Prime Douglas Fir. The table took 4 of us to move from the detached garage to the living room. Who knew that wood was so heavy!!! Thanks to Ana and the girls at Shanty2Chic for some great tips. I relied on the pocket holes to attach the top boards but added a 4x4 in the middle for a feature piece to the table. The table top support beams are through tenon and mortise (I researched this on YouTube) but shimmed a bit since I didn't make them 100% perfect. The bottom 4x4 support is laid into the 4x4 on the leg support. Such fun, and am definitely looking to start more (perhaps with a lighter wood) projects soon. I'll continue to post any/all future projects.
I also sanded the first coat with 180 Grit in some areas and then rag stained some Dark Walnut and immediately wiped it off with a lint-free rag.