Rustic Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 19:52
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A beautiful, easy to build table that features a 1x top simple legs. This table is designed to look like something one might find and treasure. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos with us.

96" x 36" x 30" high (approximate)


Shopping List

4 – 2x2s, 8′ Long 4 – 1×4, 8′ Long 4 – 1×10, 8′ Long 1 – 2×4, stud length or 8′ length 2″ screws 1 1/4″ screws wood glue wood filler sand paper

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×4 @ 90 1/2″ (Side Aprons) 2 – 1×4 @ 36″ (End Aprons) 8 – 2×2 @ 34 1/2″ (Under Tabletop Supports) 4 – 1×10 @ 96″ (Tabletop Pieces) 2 – 1×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs) 2 – 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs) 4 – 2×2 @ 12″, ends mitered at 45 degrees (cross supports)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Predrill and countersink your screw holes. Keep outside edges flush. Take a square after each step. Work on a clean level surface and use necessary safety precautions.


Step 1

Table Top Supports and Apron. Build the tabletop supports and aprons as shown above. The supports are spaced 10″ apart. Use 2″ screws and glue, countersinking the screws.

Step 2

Tabletop Pieces. Take a square of the tabletop. Then find the centers of the tabletop supports and the end aprons and mark. Line up the center tabletop pieces with these marks and fasten through the bottom using 2″ screws and glue. Minimize the gap between the tabletop boards as you go.

Step 3

Tabletop Screw Hole Patterns. Mark out the screw holes on the tops of the table as shown above. Then predrill and screw the tabletop pieces to the end aprons. Make sure the table is square prior to doing this. Use the 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Legs. Fasten the legs to the aprons, as shown above. Do not use glue if you would like the legs removable.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with wood filler. Sand, distress, and finish as desired. Then send Ana your brag photos!</p>


Serena (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 04:52

Oohh... I really like this. Now I have to decide between this and the Farmhouse table for our dining room.
Also, no pressure, but I can't wait till you post plans for the Parson chair. If you needed someone to test one out before you posted, I would totally do it for you. = )

Heather (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 05:04

This mag looks similar to Lowe's Creative Ideas, which I LOVE. I just subscribed - can't wait to get it!

Mike (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 06:00

I don't normally find anything to question with your designs, Ana, but it looks like you left off part of the legs. Aren't they made with two pieces at 90-degree angles, rather than single boards? Sure looks that way in the photo.

Thanks for posting the cool plans. I get lots of ideas from you!

Mike (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 06:15

BTW, I think you should contact the magazine about doing some writing for them. It would gain more attention for your blog, and maybe for the book and the possible TV show.

Maria (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 06:36

I agree with Mike, the legs lack a necessary 'chunkyness' both for the aesthetics and to eliminate some wiggle. Love this- I'm gonna build it with the 2 piece legs like in so many of your other plans. Humm... do I want to sandwich 2 2x4 or or do the perpendicular L shape? I've learned so much from you!

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 06:39

Just want to take a second and let everyone know you can build the legs however YOU like. My plans just tried to duplicate the photo, and of course you could throw in a 4x4 post or a turned leg that is 29 1/4" long. Would love to see someone build this with a turned leg! Just remember standard table height is 30"

And I learn something everyday! We don't have 2x3s, but we have 4x4s up here. Thanks for correcting me, everyone!

Samantha Levang (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 06:48

Candle wax?? How exactly does it affect the paint? Can someone explain this to me?

Mary (not verified)

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 11:27

I went to the bookstore (the very same one you went to, in fact!) to pick up a copy of this magazine. And while I did like it, I must admit I was disappointed with the "Hire or Do It Yourself?" article. They recommended hiring someone for almost everything! I personally plan to do most work on my house by myself, and it makes me sad that really only recommended painting walls.