Providence Table

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About Project

Build this table for $100 from solid wood! Inspired by Restoration Hardware Provence Table.

I like to think of my relationship with Brook like a designer and a movie star. 

She's the star, I'm the desperate designer.

PLEASE PLEASE will you try my dress on???? Can I make you a dress? Can I make you three? One in each color?

Only in my case, we aren't talking necklines and fabric. Train styles or borrowed diamonds. 


We talk benches and chairs and tables. 

I can't tell you how honored and excited I am that Brook let me work with her on this outdoor dining set. Thank you thank you.


Brook really loved the Provence Table from Restoration Hardware, but wanted an easy to build project made from 2x4s. I loved the idea of using 2x4s instead of 4x4s because 4x4s are so hard to find, can be expensive, are hard to cut and join, and tend to warp and split and drip sap more so than 2x4s.

Did I say less expensive?

This is what Brook built for about $100 including paint.

Thank you Brook for working with me on this plan!  We will post bench plans later this week.  Make sure you stop over and visit Brook for lots more photos and tips.

PS - for those of you wanting the 4x4 look, you can find plans here.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
7 – 2x6 @ stud length (92 5/8” long)
2 – 1x3 8 feet long
2 ½” screws
2” screws
2 ½” PH screws
Wood glue
Finishing supplies

Cut List

2 – 2x4 @ 38 1/2"
4 – 2x4 @ 27 3/8” – both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are parallel
2 – 2x4 @ 36 ¼” – long point to long point, ends NOT parallel, cut at 10 degrees off square
1 – 2x4 @ 62”
1 – 2x4 @ 58”
2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” - both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel to each other
7 – 2x6 @ 92” long
6 – 1x3 @ 17 1/2"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
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!


Step 1

Build two ends as shown above, exactly the same.

Step 2

The add stretcher.

Step 3

Followed by center support.

Step 4

And then the cross supports.

Step 5

Step 6

And then add these for keeping the boards straight and a little extra character.

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.


Darin Molnar (not verified)

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 15:51

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 05:06

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