Farmhouse Table and Benches

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/27/2016 - 09:54

After shopping for a dining room table with my wife in mid November, I came to the realization that I could make a table like the ones being sold at the store for a fraction of the price.  I spent some time surfing the web looking for farmhouse table designs when I stumbled upon Ana's website.  The Farmhouse table (pocket hole updated version) really jumped out at me as something that I could accomplish as a person who had never worked with wood before.  So starting the Friday after Thanksgiving I began building the table in secret, as I planned to surprise my wife with it for christmas.  

Feeling ambious, I decided to add two of the farmhouse benches to my workload thinking it would make my surprise all the better.  After a lot of long nights, I was able to complete the benches and table as well as stain and add a couple coats of polyurethane just in the nick of time.  My wife was very surprised and couldn't be happier with out the table turned out.  I can't wait to try more Ana White projects!

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Varathane Kona Stain. (because of fir's poor stain absorption properties, I treated the stain as a paint. I put on a layer of stain and never wiped it off. It took about two days for the stain to dry this way)

Minwax Clear Satin polyurethane. ( 3 coats on the base and benches, 4 coats on the table top. sanded with 220 grit between coats)
Recommended Skill Level