You want a farmhouse table. You want to save money. So the answer is obvious…build your own! You might think this is an impossible task, but guess what? I built this table. And I built the bench. And I was super proud of myself. What do you think? I love it! Want to have your own DIY Farmhouse Table? Here is my online DIY farmhouse table idea.
Ever since I moved, I knew we needed a new dining room table–ours was too small for the space. So I searched for months for a dining table I liked but to no avail. When I focused on building a farmhouse table, I followed the Farmhouse Table Plans at Ana-White.com.
I also built a matching bench and here’s the link to those plans. I altered my bench so it would only have two 2×8’s instead of 4 2×4’s. It seems to match the style better. The bench was a bit tricky because of the lack of space in between the legs to use the Kreg jig drive bit.
Here’s some other farmhouse style projects I’ve done:
Supplies for Your DIY Farmhouse Table
Here’s a list of supplies and tools I used to make my table (some affiliate links, here is my disclosure):
- 5 2x6x8
- 1 2x8x8
- 2 4x4x8
- 5 2×4
- Lots of pocket screws and regular screws
These are items needed for building a farmhouse table.
Assembling The Table
I just followed the instructions except for when I made the tabletop. I decided to keep it about a foot or two longer than called for, so my top is about 8 feet long. This is nice because it makes it easier to have people sit on the end and slide the chairs underneath. However, since the ends are breadboards (they are attached perpendicular to the other tabletop boards), they don’t have the greatest support. We ended up reinforcing the ends with some metal brackets. They have held well, although no one is jumping on the end of the table.
Before I brought the table inside, I finished the top and bottom and brought them inside separately. Then I assembled it inside upside-down. It’s a very heavy, solid piece so this really is a no-brainer.
The most intimidating part for me was cutting the notches. But I practiced a few times on a scrap piece of wood and saw it wasn’t so hard. It was a little time consuming though. I was able to do it with my 10-inch sliding miter saw and a Dremel with a tiny saw attachment to smooth it out. A 12-inch saw would be easier, and I also think this could be done easily with a table saw if you have one. You could also use a circular saw. A chisel is also a great way to knock out the pieces of wood if you don’t have a Dremel.
I have had a million questions about the way I finished this table, which is my favorite. But I have decided to dedicate a single post to that.
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Building a Farmhouse Table
I really love the farmhouse style and building farmhouse style furniture is pretty addicting! I actually would love to try to build some different tables and maybe I will sell this one eventually and build another one. That’s the beauty of building your own furniture, especially out of pine! You save tons of money and when you get sick of it you can actually sell it for a profit. Awesome!