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>


kimmy (not verified)

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 20:44

What type of wood did you use for the top picture?
Did Jamie use the same type of wood on her table?
Also, what color stain?
AHh too many questions. Sorry! I'm starting to build this table with my Uncle on Saturday. It's a surprise gift for my parents for Christmas. They have been searching for "the perfect" dining room table. Well I say, what's better than a homemade one? right? :D Any help would be awesome and very much appreciated!

Stacy (not verified)

Fri, 11/12/2010 - 17:42

Where are the plans for these benches that I see in the sample photos? Are they Ana's or are they somewhere else?

Brad (not verified)

Sun, 12/05/2010 - 13:00

One issue I have with these plans is that it lists the 1x10s as 9.5" wide, but they are actually 9.25" wide. This means instead of having 1" of offhand on the sides you only have 1/2" overhang, which isn't really enough. We threw a 1x4 into the middle (since we had already built the apron/supports before we noticed) and it turned out fine.

Also, it says to cut 8 2x2" under table supports, but the plans only show 7 of them being used.

Overall, the table was simple enough, and it turned out great. We shortened it to only 6' long, but only because our dining room wouldn't handle the full 8'.

Bren (not verified)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 20:41

Great table! Thanks for the plans.

We are thinking of making this table but would like the final height to be counter height (36 inches). Can we just lengthen the legs? Or will other modifications need to be made?

Jenna (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 08:45

I cannot wait to make this table, it is just what I have been looking for for our dining room. The only problem is that our dining room cannot support that size. How would I modify this plan to make it 5' long? Thanks for any help :)