Outdoor Farmhouse Table made of Cedar

Submitted by PattiSca on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 06:55

We used the plans for the Farmhouse Table Knockoff similar to the one from RH, to build this table. We made some changes, and some hints:

1. The table is made of Cedar, as it will be used outside. Pine is just not an outdoor-friendly material, but Cedar is rather insect-proof. This will be used at a beach house.

2. We used 1x, not 2x on the top. The top just seemed to clunky with the 2x size. Plus, it's near impossible to find 2x in cedar.

3. We couldn't find 8x1 or 8x2 for the breadboard, so we used 6x1 (same as the table top).

4. We measured the length of the breadboard before we cut. I"m glad my husband made that suggestion because I found the seven (7) 1x6's totaled 38 3/4, not 38 1/2 as the plans call for. So it really does depend on the wood and humidity and such. So I think it's a wise decision to measure the width of all of the boards before you cut that piece.

5. We did not screw into the table top as recommended by the plans.

Estimated Cost
$250, including screws
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar
Finish Used
None at this time. My sister wants to age the wood first, and then I'm going to bug her until she puts a marine grade finish on it :)
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner