Benchright Farmhouse Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 11:24
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Free woodworking plans to make a Farmhouse Table inspired by Pottery Barn Benchwright Table. Features metal stretcher and lots of details to make your table interesting and unique. Save thousands off retail the do it yourself furniture way.

While I know it's still July, and summer for most everyone else, yesterday, while helping out at the Momplex , I found myself shivering all bundled up. 

And this morning, the snow line dropped on the mountains.  Those mountains are like a giant clock, ticking with a dropping snow line, reminding us that winter is coming very soon.
But not everyone is worried about that.
I shiver just looking at that!
And it occurred to me that as much as we cringe to think of it, fall is just around the corner.

And with fall comes my most favorite of Holidays, Thanksgiving. 

What better excuse to build a farmhouse table?  We of course have lots of table plans, but when I saw the Reclaimed Wood Benchwright Farmhouse Table from Pottery Barn, I just HAD to draw you up a plan.  So beautiful!
The base is sized for a five foot long iron pipe, available at most home improvement stores in the plumbing aisles.  There's tons of iron fitting that you could use to "dress" the table up with.
Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

6 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - Black Iron Pipe 60" long, both ends threaded
Bolts/Caps and Washers for decorative touches
4 - 6" Black Bolts with washer and Nuts (1/4" would work fine)

Common Materials
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

Legs
4 - 1x4 @ 29 3/8" (Bevel both ends at 10 degrees off square, short point to long point)
4 - 1x2 @ 21 5/8" (Both ends cut at angle 10 degrees off square, short point to long point)
4 - 2x4 @ 29 3/8" (Bevel both ends at 10 degrees off square, short point to long point)
2 - 2x6 @ 28 1/2" (End Aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 31" (Stretcher)
8 - 1x2 @ 4 1/4" (One end cut at 10 degree angle, longest point measurement)
4 - 1x2 @ 16 1/8 (cut to fit - spacer)

Table
2 - 2x6 @ 45 1/4" (Side Aprons - short point to short point measurement, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square)
3 - 2x2 @ 20" (Supports)
2 - 2x2 @ 67" (Sides)
2 - 2x2 @ 30" (Ends)
2 - 2x4 @ 33"
2 - 1x4 @ 33"
6 - 1x6 @ 67 1/8" (cut to fit)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

We'll start by making the legs. The most important part of the legs is getting your cuts right. Some of the cuts are bevels and some are angles, so pay attention in the diagrams. All angles will be ten degrees off square. Remember, you will need to assemble two sets of legs, and the legs are mirrors of each other. You can use finish nails and glue. Start by attaching the 1x4 to the top 1x2 as shown above.

Step 2

Now attach the 2x4 to the legs as shown above. Use glue and 2" finish nails - don't worry, we'll be further suporting this leg shortly.

Step 3

Now sandwich in the apron and stretcher as shown above. Stretcher will overhang 1/2" on each outside end.

Step 4

And now simply fill in the blanks.

Step 5

Step 6

And attach the supports - these will give you something to nail your top boards on too.

Step 7

I'd love to see these bolted on with a iron bolt for a little extra touch. Attach with 7 1/2" overhangs on ends.

Step 8

Now the end supports. Attach with screws and glue.

Step 9

Bolt the breadboard end on as shown above. Use 6" bolts with washers as done here.

Step 10

Nail down the 1x4 to the ends as shown here.

Step 11

And finally top with the 1x6s. Note, you can use other boards for the top, for example reclaimed wood boards for a more rustic look.

Step 12

Drill holes in the stretchers and add iron pipe. Use fittings to secure pipe in place.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

thisgirlkim

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 11:53

Oh finally, finally!!! Thank you so much, Ana!!!! I have been wanting this one forever!! I even tried to figure it out in sketch-up, but never got it right. As always, you are so amazing and I can't wait to have a house full of your furniture! (Getting there, slowly but surely!) :)

thisgirlkim

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:04

I guarantee this one is much more sturdy than the PB counterpart...my 2 year old bumped into theirs and set all the dishes on top wobbling. Most of the bulk of this piece on theirs is illusion.

In reply to by thisgirlkim

Ana White

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:50

I have to tell you . . . I drew this plan up a while back, but just couldn't post it quite yet because I didn't feel it met Farmhouse Table requirement #1 - STURDY. But after adding the 2x6 aprons, this is going to be a heavy and sturdy table. Thanks for commenting, it's always good to hear from owners of the pieces that inspire us!

dananryan

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:11

I would love to build the round table. Do you think there is a slight chance that you might find the time to draw up the plans for the round (extendable) table? Thank you for all your hard work!

Amber2839 (not verified)

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 13:59

Ana, I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for these plans. I've been coveting this table from PB but couldn't swallow the price tag. I figured I'd save and save and save to buy, but now I don't have to! Thank you soooooo much!

Stephanie (not verified)

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 15:24

I LUV this table. I had a Pottery Barn Outlet 5 miles away (it closed), this table was $900 there and the wood was junk and easily scratched. Thanks Anna for your awesome plan!

gabbiegal

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 16:48

Do you think this would look okay converted to be square? I really want a square dining room table. NOt sure if it would work though.

kristen

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 05:48

I saw this on Pottery Barn not too long ago and I really liked the iron and wood look. Thanks for the plans! I've been a very regular member for the better part of a year now, and you STILL manage to surprise me even after all this time. I didn't think a plan would show up for this table due to the iron in it, but that can't stop Ana ;)

I've considered building a much-needed new table for our home, but I really want it to be able to expand (I know that even the PB one cant'). This plan may change my mind though...

Pete L (not verified)

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 11:14

The 5th item down on the materials list, 3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long, should be 3 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long