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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Jeff (not verified)

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 14:02

I'm going to try my wife into letting me make this. But I do have one question that I can't seem to figure out.

The plans calls for six 2' x 6' board. On the cut list, A 4 - 2 x 6 cut at 30" so that leave four 2' x 6' boards left. But cut list F, it calls for 6 - 2 x 6 cut at 63" for tabletop. I can't quite figure out the match here. How I get six pcs cut at 63" each with only four 2 x 6 remaining? I know I'm missing something here. Can someone help?

Jeff (not verified)

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 14:40

I think I just answered my own question above, can't believe I didn't see get it.

Tiffany n (not verified)

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:58

I am looking for the dimensions to change the table to seat 8 people. Where can I find that? I can't wait to get started!

Brian Dysart (not verified)

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:40

I was wondering, what is the thickness are you using for the 2x6, 2x2, 2x4 boards? 1"?



Mon, 01/21/2013 - 21:04

I'm as beginner as they get as is my husband. We've been attempting to build the Modern Farm Table. Those instructions lead me to use the SQUARE Modern Farmhouse Table to build the table-top first with the kreg jig (I bought the kreg jig jr). I've struggled as I really need things spelled out for me.
Here are my questions so far:
I've been confused going between the 2 instructions. Modern Farm Table materials list had me buy 2-1/2" screws, but Sq. Mod table uses 2, 2-1/2, & 3" screws. Can I just stick with the 2-1/2" screws?
Any idea how many screws I will need for a project like this? I only bought a small amount and now realize I need much more.

When using the Kreg Jig Jr to join my 2x6 table top pieces many screws should I use...& about how far apart? I have the Kreg's adjustable sides as far as they adjust (1-1/2")...will 2-1/2" screws be good?

And last question is about attaching the aprons to the table top. Is that also done with the Kreg Jig Jr from the under-inside of the table (bottom of the table top pieces into the aprons)? I'm having a hard time figuring this part out and have this image in my head of about 24 visible screws drilled in from the outside of the apron into the table top pieces, which is how I understand it from Step 5 in the Modern Farm Table instructions. That doesn't seem like it would look normal though, so I'm sure I'm confused.

Which screws should be "visible" from the outside of the table?...Maybe just the 4 screws in each leg?

We did make a bench first...and it's a lovely first project with all sorts of noticeable mistakes & lessons learned, but still happy with it!

crafty girl

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 07:02

Hello, I'm in love with this table and really REALLY want to make it. Our friend is going to let us use his garage and his tools because we live in an apartment and don't have the space or tools to do it with. The only thing is he doesn't own a Kreg Jig. I'm just wondering if this is something we just absolutely HAVE to have or if any of you have made this table without one. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated because my husband and I are both furniture-making virgins:) Thanks!


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:51

Hi there. Very excited to try this. What kind of wood did you use? Is the Kreg Jig totally necessary (meaning are the pocket holes necessary)?