Farmhouse Play Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 13:35
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Free plans to build a farmhouse style play table from Ana-White.com

'Twas days before Christmas, when everyone was scurrying, especially Moms and Dads, trying to get those last minute gifts done, when three special little girls asked for a new play table ...

And one busy Uncle cut four 1x3 boards,

And drilled a few pocket holes in those four 1x3 boards,

And attached the boards to turned wood legs,

To make a table base,

And then he took an off the shelf project panel,

And attached the base to the underside of it,

Then he gave it a good sanding,

And a busy Momma came over and stained it,

And under the tree it went.

We literally built this play table the weekend before Christmas morning,

Saving time by using a premade project panel for the tabletop,

And end table turned legs from Osborne wood for the legs.

And the girls loved it.

For the finish, I helped my sister use Minwax products (don't you love that stain color?) to finish it - check out a video we did to share the steps with you:

Minwax supporting us with the finish and Osborne Wood for supplying the table legs.

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

4 end table legs (we used these ones from Osborne Wood)

2 - 1x3 @ 16-1/2"

2 - 1x3 @ 40-1/2"

1 - premade project panel 24" x 48"

1-1/4" pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 - 1x3 @ 16-1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 40-1/2"

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
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

Attach the smaller aprons to two of the legs. Make sure the pocket holes for attaching the tabletop in later steps are facing upward and are on the insides.

Step 2

Then attach the longer aprons to the two leg sets.

Step 3

Center the base on the underside of the tabletop and attach from underside.

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.
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Comments

kato1982

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:29

The table is amazing! Did you purchase the chairs? would love details on those too!

angibrian123

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:50

I love this table! I would love to make it but not sure about chairs... would the $4 stackable chairs on your site look ok with it since they are all square corners? Where did you get the farmhouse style chairs shown? Btw... I absolutely love your site! It's what gave me the confidence to tackle woodworking when I had never really considered it a possibility! Now if it would just warm up so I can build! Thanks!

alhiggins

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:59

We are putting our child's homeschool room together this week and I have been struggling with what to do for a work space. I wanted something that would be big enough for my two children to share once the baby gets older, or for group projects when friends are here. I came across your site (which is addicting, by the way) and decided to put this together. We love it! It took about an hour to build and came together perfectly. As soon as it was done my 3 year old looked at me with the biggest eyes and said "Is that for me and brother?" The first thing he did this morning was ask to sit at his new table. I need to stain and seal it still, but it is going to be an amazing addition to our school room. Thanks!

mmschlitzer

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 20:30

Just wondering where you found the chairs to go with this great table. Thanks!

j296155

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 07:14

where did you get the chairs?  are there plans to make them also?