Triple Pedestal Farmhouse Table and Bench

Submitted by Anzura on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 15:12

I'm so in love with this table! We altered the plans slightly by making the table wider. Enough to put 2 chairs on the end. The table will hold 12 people pretty comfortably with a lot of room in the middle for food. We added a 2x2 under the 2x4 frame instead of the sandwich look. We also mitered the corners for a more finished look. I finished with Minwax Special Walnut and applied 2 coats of oil based poly with a light scrub on final coat with steel wool.

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

Comments

kmah

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 09:04

Hi - I love this and we are planning on building it over the Christmas holidays. I really like your modifications of the mitered edge, the elimination of the "sandwich edge", and the wider table. What was the finish dimensions of your table? Did you just add an additional (or 2) 1x6 to the tabletop? Also, it doesn't look like you changed the legs at all to support the wider top - is this true? We have 4 kids who are always hanging on our furniture so I need something nice and sturdy but also big enough to seat us all plus the many guests we have in our house!

Anzura

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:10

The finished table dimensions are approx 8 ft long and 4 1/2 wide. There's 9 1x6 boards inside the 2x4 frame. We didn't alter the pedestals at all. We added a longer 2x4 between the table and the top of the pedestals for extra table support. The bottom of the pedestals are plenty wide enough to accommodate the extra table width.
It's a darn lovely awesome table. Sat 12 people comfortably at Thanksgiving with enough room for all the turkey dinner fixings.
It's also become the favorite homework station during the week. So much room to spread out books and papers.
Good luck!!!

kmah

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 13:21

Did you plane the edges of your 1x6 boards so that they would be nice and tight? I'm concerned about where the boards meet together - that crumbs, milk spills, etc will get caught down in the grooves! Did you do something special on the finish to fill in any grooves? What kind of wood did you use?

Anzura

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 14:34

1x's are already square. They aren't like 2x's with the rounded edges. We just used a kreg jig to attach them together. There are no gaps at all. We didn't plane the 2x4 frame and there is a tiny gap there. You might want to plane the inside edge of the 2x4 frame to avoid food crumbs in the gaps, but it's sorta hard to keep everything square unless you have a super nice table saw. Ours is cheapo. I used some wood filler on a test piece and hated the look after the finish! The nooks and crannies are what make this table rustic and lovely. Use place mats ;)

The wood is just regular old lumber from Home Depot. There are no choices on different type of wood. Everything we got was kiln dried except a few pieces, but don't be fooled, those warp after you buy them too.

kmah

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 17:24

great - thanks for the info and the quick replies!

dbh

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:41

In the original plans, the top 2x6 on the pedestals are 36 1/2", which means they can be drilled into the 2x4 frame. On your modifications, the original pedestals wouldn't be long enough to reach the 2x4 frame, so did you just make the top 2x6 on the pedestal longer? I'm sorry I'm confused, but I like the wider table and am just trying to see how you attached the pedestals to the top.

It might be explained by "We added a longer 2x4 between the table and the top of the pedestals for extra table support." but I'm still not 100% understanding how it's attached.

Thanks for any help!

dbh

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:41

In the original plans, the top 2x6 on the pedestals are 36 1/2", which means they can be drilled into the 2x4 frame. On your modifications, the original pedestals wouldn't be long enough to reach the 2x4 frame, so did you just make the top 2x6 on the pedestal longer? I'm sorry I'm confused, but I like the wider table and am just trying to see how you attached the pedestals to the top.

It might be explained by "We added a longer 2x4 between the table and the top of the pedestals for extra table support." but I'm still not 100% understanding how it's attached.

Thanks for any help!

Anzura

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 16:14

I added another picture of the underside of the table to clear up any confusion. hope this helps.

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