I have been eyeing up plans to build a table for awhile, but wasn't sure exactly what I wanted. I like this plan because it's a beginner plan and is pretty simple to follow. I have built a few smaller projects, but this was the first big piece. I love the way it turned out.
Things I changed: I made it a little shorter (table top is 68 inches) to accomodate the size of our kitchen. I used 4x4 legs - I like the chunkiness of thicker sturdier legs. Used 2x8 for the bench. Again, I like the thickness over a 1x. I did use 1x10s for the table top, but I added trim (1x2) to make it look chunky. I would have just used the 2x10, but b/c they have rounded edges, and I didn't want gaps for crumbs to have to clean out. I wouldn't have minded this for a dining room table, but we're using in kitchen with 3 small children. The 1x10s are squared off so they fit together better. And adding the 1x2 trim gives it the chunky look I added the corner brackets and lag bolts, mainly for decorative style I used kona stain and white paint.
Used 4 coats of satin poly. I built both piece in a weekend, but I would say it's more of a week project on a realistic timeframe.