Rustic Table

Submitted by anne_c on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:24

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.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
The lumber for the table and bench ran about $120-130. I used top choice pine. I spent an additional $40ish on stain, wood glue, filler, paint, etc.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
kona stain (Rustoleum) with 4 coats of poly
white paint
Recommended Skill Level