Modern Farm Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 11:59
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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 Reader submitted photos.

grey modern farm table
modern farm table

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


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
wood conditioner
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.

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


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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Daqurie (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 08:59

Can I make this table longer? I am wanting it to sit 10-12. Also. is there a way to seal the top so food and stuff does not get into the spaces between the boards? ( I have 8 littleones right now ;0)


Tue, 04/05/2011 - 20:22

I just finished making this table with a few of my personal alterations and LOVE it!!!!  I can't wait to post pictures but I still need to stain and seal it.  I am curious what color stain you used, I really like it.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 14:50

Where are the bench plans? I feel like I've been going in circles trying to find them and they're probably right in front of my face somewhere. I don't want to build the table until I'm sure I can make the benches as well. Thanks.

nicole Renssen (not verified)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:19

Hi Ana
I had found your site 6 months ago and after not finding my benches anywhere or for too much of an asking price decided to go for it myself. You inspired me too!
Would it be possible for me to get your plans for the benches you have next to the farmhouse table? I will be making them longer - but have never made anything myself from wood so would love your directions.
Thank in advance for any help,

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 02/05/2012 - 14:06

hi Ana! I love your work, you are an inspiration for me:-) I am planning on making this with my husband and was wondering what kind/color of paint did you use to finish this. I love the color, it is very natural!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 22:00

Hi Ana,

First, thank you for all your time and effort into your building plans. My husband and I have built the Fillman Platform Bed for our son recently and it turned out fabulously. Will post a picture soon. We are new to building and you have given us the confidence to do more.

We are looking at building your Modern Farmhouse Table but have a question... We want the table top to be one solid piece of wood instead of slats, is it possible to build the frame as you have done and secure the table top to the frame using glue and screws? I'd like the top NOT to overhang the sides of the frame (hubby does) or if so, very minimally.

Thank you for your time!


Maria Bennink (not verified)

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 17:59

Can I change the dimensions and make this table square?

Waters (not verified)

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 11:29

Ana, can you share what finished you used on this set? It's so gorgeous and I think it's what I want to do, too! Thank you!!