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>


McMomtolots (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 03:36

By the are amazing and I am so excited to get my 15yo daughter working on some of these projects! Thinking it would be neat to have the kids learn such a practical skill.

Anonymous (not verified)

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 11:09

Too funny! I bought this very magazine for the first time EVER the same day that you posted about it. I loved the magazine - lots of great inspiration photos. I've been reading your blog for a couple of months and the list of projects I am planning to make keeps getting longer! I just need to find a way to borrow or buy a nail gun first! Thanks for all the awesome plans. I passed on your blog to a friend with a tight budget, a love for PB furniture and a handy husband and she is very excited! When I build my first piece - I will send a photo!

-Sydney- (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 03:50

Would it be possible to put the legs a little further in from the corners? I mean so you would have a ledge of sorts overhanging on either end. I suppose you'd have to make the underframe shorter to do this. . .hmm just thinking. I LOVE your site and am so excited to get started on some projects this summer!

Gretchen (not verified)

Sun, 05/09/2010 - 03:30

I cant wait to try this--I want to make the table 48" wide--how do I extrapolate the plans to make that work???

Christy (not verified)

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 06:46

hmmm I think if I make it taller and use 4x4s for the legs and then make the top just might work for a work surface/table in my laundry room! then I'll be able to slide laundry sorters under it! thanks ana!

Lost in the Laundry (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 18:21

I'm in the process of making this table and have run into a "hmmm...I wonder how to handle this" question. Let me state that this is my first project ever, so I'm a newbie. My problem is that there are gaps between my table top boards. What is the best way to minimize the gaps? I've sanded a little here and there, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get these boards to lay nicely side by side w/o gaps. I started with straight boards, so that shouldn't be too much cause for my error. Also, how should I fill any little gaps - wood filler or some sort of rubber sealer? Any suggestion would be welcomed. Love the website Ana - its inspiring!

Kelley (not verified)

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 13:21

Ana- you are awesome! I am almost finished with my first project- the bankable bookcase for my baby's room, and am looking for project #2- a dining table!

Has anyone made this table wider? I am thinking about adding 10'' to the width of the table, and was wondering if anyone has had success with that! Thanks!