Today I am sharing how to build a farmhouse table for beginners. Making a farmhouse table is very easy to do and inexpensive. I am going to show you step by step how to build a dining table or kitchen table or outdoor table. The best part about this project is deciding where you will put this small farmhouse table.
When I was thinking through how to build a farmhouse table I envisioned each board and how they would go together. But what I didn't envision was that I would have a helper.
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So, let me introduce my future son-in-law Jesse who basically ended up making a farmhouse table. All I did was take pictures.
LOL! He is awesome!!!
Now enough about that let's get this farm house table build started. This simple design will be easier than you think.
How to Build a Farmhouse Table
With most farmhouse projects the end product is forgiving which is why I think anyone can build this small farmhouse table. Just think about it. Farmhouse style has it imperfections, it's distress, weather, vintage beauty. That's exactly the rustic look we're going for.
Okay, I think you get the picture. You don't have to be a master woodworker to build your own DIY farmhouse table and you don't need fancy table designs.
How to Build a Farmhouse Table
How much does it cost to make your own farmhouse table?
I have good news for you. This is an easy table to build but did I mention cheap?
Are you sitting down? Because you might faint when I tell you how much I spent on this project. I spent $30.00 on lumber.
Update: this price was before lumber price inflation. Your total cost may be higher. I am not sure how much it is now but it is still a cheaper table to build.
You see in addition to making a farmhouse table that is forgiving you can also be creative and use used wood, wood with imperfections and so on.
So look for the deals! I found all my wood at Home Depot just by looking for the deals. You can check your local home improvement store or hardware store. And I had a few pieces of wood at home. I will point those out when I get to them. A little bit of shopping around can save you a ton of money in the long run.
What is a good size for a farm table?
How large of a farmhouse table you make will depend on how many people you'd like to be able to sit at it. As a simple rule of thumb, you want about a foot of length for the number of people. So for four people you want a table 4 feet in length, six people 6 feet in length and eight people 8 feet in length.
If space is tight, an easy solution is to take about a foot off the length of the boards and it will just be a little cozier.
Farmhouse Table Plans & Supplies
Before you start any project you need some plans. Here is a breakdown of all the boards and cutting sizes. Be creative with these and go for longer boards and have Home Depot cut them. So for our first step, it's a good idea to gather supplies, hand tools and power tools from this material list.
- 4 2x6x48″ (top)
- 4 4x4x29″ (legs) (I used fence posts)
- 2 1x4x48″ (apron on long size) (you will be cutting these some more)
- 2 1x4x24″ (apron on short size) ( you will be cutting these too)
- 1 1/2x2x96″ (under the top for support)
- 1 1/2x3x48″ (connector for legs on ends) (I had this piece at home)
- 1 1x4x48″ (center bar on bottom)
- 4 3″ wood screws with a flat top
- 8 1″ wood screws with flat top (connect the boards on bottom side of legs and center bar)
- Nail gun with 2″ and 1″ nails
- Drill, drill bits and screw drivers
- Wood glue
- Sanding block
- L framing square measuring tool (ruler)
- Kreg Jig (optional) (it comes with screws you will use for the project)
Making a Farmhouse Table
Now it is time to start making your small farmhouse table. Grab your tools and let's get started!!
Step One: Top
Begin with laying the top boards face down on your table. Working on a nice flat surface is the best way to ensure great results.
Next use a board to line up one end.
Now use a 90 degree ruler to mark a straight line across the boards for cutting.
Cut the boards on a miter saw.
Step Two: Legs
Let's move on to the table legs. After all your boards are cut line up the boards again with another piece of wood and sit your legs on top after you make sure they are all the exact same length.
Measure in one inch on each side so the legs are perfectly positioned.
Now draw a line around the board so you don't loose your spot.
Next tilt the legs over and put some wood glue underneath and sit it back down making sure it lines up with your lines.
Follow the last step by shooting some nails at a diagonal into the legs. This will keep them in place for now.
If the nails stick out some use a tool to hammer them into the wood.
Step Three: Secure Top
Next cut three of the 1/2 x 2″ boards around 20″ each and place them down over the boards like in this photo.
This is going to help keep the top together nice and snug. Next nail in the boards making sure a nail goes into each board.
Step Four: Apron
Now site a 1 x 4 x 48 on one long side and mark with a pencil where to cut the board. We looked carefully at each side to find the one with the least knots and then placed that one on the outside.
Sand down the edges and using a clamp and a Kreg jig clamp the board to your work table and drill in the hole.
You do not have to do this step if you don't have a jig but it helps with stability. You can nail the board into place at a diagonal or nail in from the top.
This was our first time using a jig and the instructions that came with it were easy to follow. If you are still having trouble there are many YouTube videos too.
So after you drill your angled hole put some wood glue on the end.
And slide the board into place and screw it in. The Kreg jig comes with screws so you will not have to buy some if you are using it for the first time.
Once you have all the apron boards in place it is time to turn your table over and work bottom.
Step Five: Turn Table Over
For extra support line run some nails down into the aprons. Make sure your nails will reach. Also, if you didn't use the Kreg jig this is a good way to secure your aprons.
Next drill some holes into the center of each leg and drive in a 3 inch screw making sure the screw goes down below the wood. You may need to use a larger drill bit first to make an indention and then sink your screw into that hole.
We are planning to paint this table and do a farmhouse faux wood technique on the top so I plan to fill the hole with wood putty later.
Next on the agenda are the supports for the legs.
Step Seven: Leg Support
Begin by measuring and cutting the 1/2″ x 2″ boards.
Place the board how high you want it to go and use a level to make sure it is nice and level. Nail them in to hold them in place first. We will screw them in later.
Next measure and cut the 1 x 4 and using some wood glue on the end nail it in first to hold it into place. Then screw it in along with the side board into the legs.
Remember to sink the screws. And that's the final step!
Wait a minute! We are finished! Can you believe it?
Farm House Table Build
Making a farmhouse table is kind of like putting together a puzzle. If you have the right kind of tool then this is a very easy project.
Now you need to decide what finish to create on your table. I plan to paint this small farmhouse table in white and do a grey faux wood finish on the top.
Here is the final product and where I plan to put the table. I love this beautiful table.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Well, that sums up how to build a farmhouse table. This simple table won't take long to build. Just building the table probably took us two hours to make. But if you include my trip to Home Depot and the time they cut the boards I would say you can have this entire table done in one day.
If you enjoy carpentry then you will want to check out these home improvement project:
Now if you want some tablescape ideas I have load of ideas from events like graduation party decorations to holiday decor like Thanksgiving tablescapes, Christmas, Patriotic tables and more.
Since this farm house table build is complete you might want to paint your table. Here is how to paint with chalk paint and how to paint with milk paint. Soon I will share how I painted this cheap and easy farmhouse table for the outdoors.
Have you built your own table? I'd love to hear about your experience. Good luck!
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