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How to Build a Farmhouse Table The Cheap and Easy Way

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.

how to build a 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.

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.

how to build a farmhouse table

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.

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.

how to build a farmhouse table Start with the top

Next use a board to line up one end.

how to build a farmhouse table.  Line up the boards.

Now use a 90 degree ruler to mark a straight line across the boards for cutting.

How to build a farmhouse table. Use a L shaped measuring tool to draw a line to cut the boards.

Cut the boards on a miter saw.

How to build a farmhouse table.  Cut the boards so they are all the same length.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Sit the legs on the top.

Measure in one inch on each side so the legs are perfectly positioned.

How to build a farmhouse table. Measure the legs in 1 inch.

Now draw a line around the board so you don't loose your spot.

How to build a farmhouse table. Draw a line around the legs.

Next tilt the legs over and put some wood glue underneath and sit it back down making sure it lines up with your lines.

How to build a farmhouse table.  Add wood glue under the legs.

Follow the last step by shooting some nails at a diagonal into the legs. This will keep them in place for now.

How to build a farmhouse table. Nail legs in place.

If the nails stick out some use a tool to hammer them into the wood.

How to build a farmhouse table. Hammer in any nails.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Add wood braces under the top.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table.  Nail the braces in place

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Sit apron board again legs and mark for cutting.

Sand down the edges and using a clamp and a Kreg jig clamp the board to your work table and drill in the hole.

How to build a farmhouse table. Clamp Kreg jig to apron board to drill 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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Inside a Kreg jig box.

So after you drill your angled hole put some wood glue on the end.

How to build a farmhouse table. Wood glue.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Screw in apron.

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

How to build a farmhouse table. Nail top boards to apron.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Drill hole for screws to go into the legs from the top of the table.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Sink screw into wood.

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

How to build a farmhouse table. Cut and attached braces for legs.

Begin by measuring and cutting the 1/2″ x 2″ boards.

How to build a farmhouse table. Nail in brace board.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Screw in center board to brace.

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!

How to build a farmhouse table.

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.

How to build a farmhouse table. Table finished in white with a grew weather wood grain faux finish top.



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!

Happy Decorating!

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Teresa Hamilton

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Great post and very easy to follow plans.

Linda McDonald

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Thank you!