Beginner Farm Table (2 Tools + $50 Lumber)

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 00:16
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The easiest rustic dining table that you can build!  Perfect beginner farm table plans by ana-white.com

I have been a long time user and fan of Rustoleum products.  This post is sponsored by Rustoleum by all opinions expressed are my own.

UPDATE: Bench plans have been posted here.

UPDATE 2: We added a tinted poly coat to the table and it now looks like this!

 

I've been wanting to get the beginner crowd a VERY simple, inexpensive farm table plan for years now.  Just because you aren't an expert woodworker with a zillion tools doesn't mean you can't still start somewhere, right?

Well, I finally got my chance!

We are moving into the new house, but with so many, many functional projects to tackle (like closets and pantry cabinets), a beautiful dining table is way down on the priority list.  But still, I insisited we need a dining table to move in.  Once you give in to the kids eating on the couch, you're done ... or at the very least have to be the bad guy and retrain the family.  

So I gave myself three criteria for a new somewhat temporary dining table -

  • Must cost less than $50 in lumber
  • Must be done in an afternoon
  • Can only use 2 tools - a drill and a saw (since most beginners don't have a Kreg Jig yet - and I do stress yet) 

This is what I came up with -

And here's how it went down -

I purchased 6 - 2x4s and 6 - 2x6s in stud length.

The 2x6s are for the tabletop boards, and since they are all precut exactly the same at stud length, I set them aside - no cutting required.  My table will be 92-5/8" (standard stud length) long.

There's only 12 cuts on the entire table, and it's all the 2x4s.

I used a compound miter saw.  You can use a circular saw or jigsaw, but do make sure your cuts are very good and straight.

Cutting done, time to build!

For attaching, I'm using 2-3/4" self tapping screws.  You'll need about 100.  Bonus - these are exterior screws, so I could use my table outdoors too.

Alrighty ... let's build already!

I used scrap pieces of 1x boards to elevate the horizontal boards on the legs.  Then I just screwed from the outside.

Two leg sets done!

Then I flipped everything over and added the side aprons.  One trick is I will screw at an angle (kinda like a pocket hole screw) in opposite directions, so if the table is wobbled at all, the screws dig in from opposite directions. 

Then I flipped everything back over and checked for square.

Way out - like over an inch.

So I pushed the two shorter diagonal corners together until the two diagonals matched.

Then I added the bottom stretcher.  The ends overhang 3/4" - be careful that your legs are square when you add the stretcher.

The middle support piece keeps the aprons from spreading, and also give you something to attach the tabletop boards too.

Now for the top - I like to start in the middle and work outward.  So I find the middle on both ends,

And then I attached the 2x6 studs to the top with screws.  I am careful about screw placement so it looks good in the end.

NOTE: Since we aren't joining tabletop boards together edge to edge, there may be a small gap between boards.  You can fill with silicone after final finish, or use a Kreg Jig to build your tabletop first, then attach.

I was going for a rustic real wood look, but decided to sand to take splinters and rough patches out.  I started with an 80 grit and finished with a 120 grit.

Table is ready for a finish!

I love Watco Danish Oil because it is a beautiful, durable finish that is easy to apply - so much I wrote an entire post about it!  

Danish Oil is a color and finish in one, so all you need is one coat!  You can go back and further seal the table (or just the tabletop) if you so desire.

Gotta say, I do love how this one turned out!

You can also watch the video tutorial here -

If you likey, do let me know, and I'll get you those bench plans too! UPDATE: Bench plans have been posted here.

The plans follow, if you do build, please share, it's a great joy seeing your projects too.

Have a good one!

Ana

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or 8 foot stud length

6 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or 8 foot stud length

About 100 2-3/4" self tapping wood screw

Wood glue

Clear Silicone or Dark Brown (depending on your finish)

Watco Danish Oil 

Color matched wood filler (for filling screw holes after wood staining is dry)

Cut List

8 - 2x4 @ 28-1/2" - end leg sets

2 - 2x4 @ 75-1/2" - side aprons

1 - 2x4 @ 80" - bottom stretcher

1 - 2x4 @ 25-1/2" (middle support)

6 - 2x6 @ 92-5/8" (tabletop boards)

 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Miter Saw

Instructions

Step 1

Build two of the leg sets with 2x4 boards cut to 28-1/2" long

Step 2

Will leg sets upside down, on a flat level surface (be careful on garage floors as they usually slope) attach aprons to leg sets.

Step 3

Flip over and adjust for square.  Then attach bottom stretcher with equal overhangs on ends of 3/4".

Step 4

Add center support.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach next boards as close as you can to first boards.

Step 7

Repeat for final boards.

NOTE: I also angle screwed from underneath on inside of apron into the underside of the end tabletop boards for extra support.

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Comments

LSeymour

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:09

I also had a hard time finding 2 3/4" screws so I went with 2 1/2 and it seemed to work fine. I believe the silicone is to fill in any gaps in the table top as the boards are not screwed together. It is optional, some of my boards fit perfectly and others had tiny spaces at certain points. I haven't decided if I will fill them in or just leave them.

valon

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 20:45

You are amazing and so is this table!! My wife wanted to rent farmhouse tables for our sons first birthday. We needed seating for 40 people. Companies around us wanted $150 and up for one table plus delivery cost!!! So I found Ana. Under $50 and under an hour. Can’t wait to try more of your plans. This was my first ever attempt at building anything lol

bmccav6

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 17:01

Made the table and bench! Adjusted for a smaller space. Will nicely fit 6 chairs. Definitely a quick project when it comes to the cuts and screws, but if you plan to sand/stain/poly, it took me a few days. I love this set so much.

Albright777

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:00

Beginner question: When you said the table was not square and you had to adjust. Can you lead me to find a resource to help me figure out what you did? I understand what being square means, (I know it's not just a shape.) I just don't understand how you adjusted it to be square. Thank you in advance for your patience with me. It is appreciated.

candycanes120

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:23

Thank you for the easy plan instructions! I changed it a bit. Made it conversation height, 27 inches wide and 62 long. I added a couple of additional supports to the top and used 1x6 instead of 2x6. I love it!

cdewan

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 12:51

Hi! First of all, THANK YOU! I'm new to all this, and your plans are SO clear and approachable: I'm using your site basically to teach myself Woodworking 101.

I just built this farmhouse table and discovered, the hard way, that it was too big to get into my house, haha. I took off the stretcher so I could get the table around the tight corners, and then I wondered: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STRETCHER? Do I need it?

Also, why does it have that 3/4" overhang?

Thanks again!