Farmhouse Table

Submitted by PS1708 on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:33

My first DIY project. I went a little different and built the table top out of sassafras lumber that I bought from a local sawyer. The plans were foolproof. The only tricky part about this project is the finish. I stained the table with Minwax Dark walnut and 4 coats of polyurethane (2 parts poly to 1 part mineral spirits) to get the finish I wanted. Of course I spent the most time sanding this table. It turned out wonderfully and my wife is one happy camper!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Sassafras table top and pine legs/frame
Finish Used
1 coat of Minwax dark walnut and 4 coats of polyurethane (2 parts poly to 1 part mineral spirits). Poly applied with microfiber cloth. I used a minwax clear satin poly
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:14

Your tabletop is impressive ... i like how you show a before and after, that shows how much work it takes to get that thing flat and seamless.


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 21:13

Haha you hit the nail on the head! It was a TON of work getting the boards squared! I bought the sassafras boards and none of the sides were square so I ended up having to take a true and straight edge of a piece of plywood and tack it to the underside of the sassafras boards (overlapping about an inch) and run the plywood down the fence of a table saw thus giving me a straight edge to work with on the sassafras! I also spent hours (literally) researching and youtubing different techniques on finishing. I'll have to say that the woodworking bug has bit me and I will be starting a coffee table project before too long! Thank you for your compliments!

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