Rustic Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 19:52
Difficulty
Beginner
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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.

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

Preparation

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
primer
wood conditioner
paint
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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
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.

Instructions

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

PB (not verified)

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:52

The photo of the finished table does not seem to include Step 3 which calls for the table top to be screwed into the apron. Putting screws in the top would be fine if it's painted, but not if you plan to stain and finish the wood. In that case is the top screwed into the apron from underneath? Thanks, pb

ellen i (not verified)

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 03:29

I dont understand why the leggs have to be in two different sizes, 1x4 and 2x4?

Shari Hurley

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 14:20

Can someone give me tips on the best way to attach 4x4 legs to this table from the inside so they can be removed? If I go straight through there isn't much of the screw in the apron which seems a bit unstable for that size leg. L brackets? Thanks

Shari Hurley

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 14:21

Can someone give me tips on the best way to attach 4x4 legs to this table from the inside so they can be removed? If I go straight through there isn't much of the screw in the apron which seems a bit unstable for that size leg. L brackets? Thanks

swissgal908

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 03:49

I have found your page recently and I cant express how amazing and wonderful all your plans are.

I was wondering if it is possible or if any one knows the metric measurements for this table. I have tried converting this although the numbers seem a bit off.

I am currently living in switzerland and one can request wood to be cut in centimeters. The Height, Length and Width would be great if any one could notify me. Or knows a practical way of converting the measurements.

shavit

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 13:06

Hi. People often use a special bracket called a "Surface Mount corner bracket" to make the legs easily detachable. Instead of screws going directly from the apron to the leg, the bracket is what holds the apron corner together.

They can be difficult to attach correctly. Don't be afraid to file down the corner to get a good flat surface before attempting to sink the bolts in the legs. Let me know if you have a question.

mrc76

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 21:50

I would like to make this table but we don't have the space for a table this size. What would the cuts be if we wanted the table no bigger than 60 inches long?

SusieK

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 07:49

I made this table (well mostly,my 14-year-old made it) and love it! We purchased clear pine at HD which made the process go much smoother for us. He also used the Kreg for the boards - magic! He tapered the legs as suggested by other fans. (He's not your typical 14-year-old, by the way - so talented, lucky me.) The total cost for this beautiful 8 foot table was $140 which included the nicer wood, wood conditioner (don't skip this!), stain, and poly. Right now I'm waiting to put the third coat of stain on the top. I painted the apron and the legs a creamy white. So excited. Thanks Ana!

marchand

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:40

Hello, I wanted to make the rustic table but I don't see plans for the bench. Are there any?
Thanks! Michele
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