Modified Farmhouse Table

Submitted by glowcze1 on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 08:52

For this project, we combined plans from the Farmhouse table and also the Tryde coffee table. We have a smaller dining room so we had to modify the plans to fit our ideal size (44"wide x 62"long). I did not want the stretcher underneath as it would take up leg room and it is very sturdy without it. We used 2x12s for the tabletop & 2x8s for the breadboards. We used 4x4 posts for the legs and 2x4 for all the other support pieces. We constructed the table in 2 pieces: the frame and then the table top so it would easier to move into place then do the final assembly. This was our first time building furniture and first time using the Kreg Jig. I think the Kreg was easy to use and worth the investment. Overall, we were surprised at how well it turned out and will look to Ana for more plans in the future!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
We used the cheapest pine (untreated) that Lowe's carried
Finish Used
Wood conditioner- Rust-Oleum
American Walnut, 1 light coat, applied with a rag- Rust-Oleum
Polyurethane, 4 coats, applied with a foam brush- Min Wax
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 11/17/2011 - 10:04

I'm doing this exact project right now. Just bought the wood and am about to start the cuts today. I'm using the Tryde plan, but making it kitchen table size. I love that you were able to find 2x pine! My store doesn't carry that, only 1x pine. So I had to go with the UBER cheap 2x hemlock. It's ok, but I would have preferred pine.

ANYWAY, I'm wanting to build this in two pieces too. I'm assuming you Kreg Jigged the tabletop pieces together. How did that go? That's what I was planning to do... I bought 2 1/2" pocket screws for this part of the job. Is that what you used? My tabletop is all 2x8 boards. Just curious how it "felt" edge joining boards this size together. Did you use extra screws or just follow Kreg Jig recommendations (2" from ends, then every 6")?

Thanks for your thoughts! My table is going to be so similar to yours! LOVE seeing your picures!!! :) Great job!



Wed, 02/29/2012 - 13:14

Sorry, I wasn't notified there were more comments!

Yes, we used the Kreg Jig, it was our first time and pretty easy to use. We did not drill from the top down on the tabletop, only used the Kreg Jig on the underside and this table is STURDY. On the table boards-Yes, we did the 2" from the ends and every 6" or where we thought they should go. Hope your's turned out well and thank you for the nice comments!

The chairs are Ikea's Gilbert. We've been happy with them. They support some of the 6'4" men in my family, no problem.

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