Modern Farm Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 11:59
Difficulty
Beginner
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This easy to build modern farm table plan will add that touch of rustic modern to your contemporary space. Plans also available for matching modern farm bench and square modern farm table. By Ana-White.com Reader submitted photos.

grey modern farm table
modern farm table

30" High x 66" long x 32" wide (approximate)

Preparation

Shopping List

6 - 2x6 boards (make sure these boards are VERY straight) (about $2.50 each)

5 - 2x2 board (under tabletop supports) (about $1 each)

2 - 2x4 boards (about $1 each)

2 1/2" wood self tapping screws

Sandpaper, ranging from coarse to fine

Wood Filler

Stain or Paint of choice

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 - 2x6 cut at 30" (Legs)

B) 2 - 2x2 cut at 33" (Inside End Supports)

C) 2 - 2x4 @ 63" (Side Apron)

D) 2 - 2x4 @ 25" (End Apron)

E) 7 - 2x2 cut at 33" (Under tabletop supports)

F) 6 - 2x6 cut at 63" (Tabletop pieces)

Cutting Instructions

It is very important that you measure the width of your boards and make sure they are 5 1/2" wide (tabletop boards) otherwise, your aprons could be short or long. See the Square Modern Farm Table Plans for a tutorial on how to build the tabletop first with pocket hole screws, and then attach the legs and aprons. That way you can adjust your aprons as necessary.

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

Instructions

Step 1

Start by taking 2 of the leg pieces, A and marking 1 1/2" down from the top, and 1 1/2" in from the outer edge. Then screw one of B, the outside end support, to the two legs as shown above. Do the same for the other set of legs.

Step 2

Now add the side aprons, C, as shown above, screwing into the end support, B. Also, screw through the outside of A, the legs, into the end edges of C, the side apron. Now is a good time to check for square. If you do not know how to check for square, see the HOW-TO section for a tutorial.

Step 3

Now add the end aprons, D, screwing into B, the end supports. Again, check for square.

Step 4

Measure down 1 1/2" down from the top of the side apron, and mark all the way down the length of the apron. This will be the top side of the tabletop support pieces, E. Then mark every 6" and place a board E, keeping the top edge 1 1/2" below the top of the table, as shown above. Do not worry about the last support piece not being exactly 6" from the end - this does not matter. Make sure your project is square.

Step 5

Step 6

Screw pattern for the tabletop pieces shown above.

Step 7

Flip the table over on it's top and predril through all the 2x2 support pieces, drilling two holes per tabletop piece, per support piece. You will drill a total of 108 holes. Screw the top to the 2x2 support pieces through the predrilled holes.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill holes with putty and finish as desired. If you are staining the table, you may wish to fill the screw holes after staining, as wood putty does not stain the same color as natural wood.
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Comments

amynicole717 (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 09:03

Oh gosh, I love this table and though I just ran across it yesterday, I love your blog! Our house was built in 1900, so it's been tough finding a table to fit in our dining area that matches the "look" of the house, but doesn't overpower the dining/living room combo. It also needs to utilize the built in window seat for one of the benches...I didn't even think about having another bench, but it will work perfectly!

P.S. You don't happen to have any plans for a corner TV stand that I'm just not running across, do you? It will be in the same room as this table...I hope you do and I just didn't find them.

Kate Bailey (not verified)

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 18:55

Liz,

Thanks for responding to all of my questions! We have built our table and I'm super proud of it! We did flip our table to screw those support pieces from underneath... we had to get a neighbor to come help us flip it without putting too much tension on the legs... that thing is heavy! We also adjusted the size so that it measures 52.5" by 72". We had to make our legs two 2x6s thick to help support the weight, but it worked out well. We also used 2x4s underneath for the support instead of 2x2s. We just used less of them (I think they're every foot instead of every 6 inches), but it saved us a bit of money on the project. I did sand the wood before assembling, and I'm glad I did just because a lot of places would have been hard to reach once it was assembled. Once it was assembled I distressed it and then finished it. Ours definitely isn't perfect, but we are so proud of it and we learned a TON in the process. I'd definitely recommend this project to anyone who's considering it! It's very do-able, even if you've never built anything before! We actually started with a bench as practice, since it's assembled pretty much the same way, and once that went well we moved on to the table. :)

IB (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 09:03

Is there any reason that I would need to use a screwgun instead of a drill with a phillips-head bit?

I understand the screwgun might be a little more convenient, but the drill will do the job, right?

k.crowley (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 05:53

My husband and I have been dreaming of a new table - this is it! Hopefully I can convince him to build this weekend. We are hoping to make it a bit longer. More like the 93" farmhouse table you have as well. We currently have a family of 7 so we need more room. Any pointers? Thanks so much!

Kelblue (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 04:14

We just built this table and benches but made our table 8 ft long.
A few suggestions:
1) Can't stress enough how much easier this is to build if you buy STRAIGHT boards
2) Sand and stain/paint BEFORE you assemble. Hard to get between tabletop cracks afterward and you can see the unfinished wood
3)as another person suggested...build a bench from start to finish (sand/paint or stain and all). You will learn a lot and have a better looking table in the end.

Happy building! And thanks Ana for the amazing plans. We did a dark chestnut stain on top boards and semi-gloss white for sides and legs. Looks beautiful (pics to come).

Desiree (not verified)

Sat, 06/12/2010 - 10:08

I am planning on making a square version of this this weekend. But can I double the 2x6's for the legs for stability? My dh is worried that our kids (almost 5 now!) will climb on it and it won't be stable enough.

Carolann (not verified)

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 18:37

Kelblue,
I'm so glad you posted because I want to build this table, but need it to be 8 ft long and wasn't confident about changing the measurements. Thanks for the pointers! Where can I see pictures of your two-tone table!? Now I'm debating how to finish mine!

M (not verified)

Mon, 07/05/2010 - 06:18

We are very excited to try this. Thanks Ana!
Quick question - will this comfortably seat 6 adults?
Also, if we pair this table with black resin wicker chairs, what stain or paint color should we use to keep a contemporary modern look?