Modern Farm Table
This modern farm table has become one of the most popular plans on this site. This easy to build plan is fast and can add that touch of rustic modern to your contemporary space.
Plans also available for the bench and square sized table. Special thanks to Sara for sharing her photos.
6 - 2x6 boards (make sure these boards are VERY straight) (about $2.50 each)
5 - 2x2 board (under tabletop supports) (about $1 each)
2 - 2x4 boards (about $1 each)
2 1/2" wood screws
Sandpaper, ranging from coarse to fine
Stain or Paint
Rags (I use old socks)
A) 4 - 2x6 cut at 30" (Legs)
B) 2 - 2x2 cut at 33" (Inside End Supports)
C) 2 - 2x4 @ 63" (Side Apron)
D) 2 - 2x4 @ 25" (End Apron)
E) 7 - 2x2 cut at 33" (Under tabletop supports)
F) 6 - 2x6 cut at 63" (Tabletop pieces)
Start by taking 2 of the leg pieces, A and marking 1 1/2" down from the top, and 1 1/2" in from the outer edge. Then screw one of B, the outside end support, to the two legs as shown above. Do the same for the other set of legs.
Now add the side aprons, C, as shown above, screwing into the end support, B. Also, screw through the outside of A, the legs, into the end edges of C, the side apron. Now is a good time to check for square. If you do not know how to check for square, see the HOW-TO section for a tutorial.
Now add the end aprons, D, screwing into B, the end supports. Again, check for square.
Measure down 1 1/2" down from the top of the side apron, and mark all the way down the length of the apron. This will be the top side of the tabletop support pieces, E. Then mark every 6" and place a board E, keeping the top edge 1 1/2" below the top of the table, as shown above. Do not worry about the last support piece not being exactly 6" from the end - this does not matter. Make sure your project is square.
Begin placing the tabletop pieces on the support frame, as shown above. Mark the boards at the ends, 3/4" from the end, and one mark at 1", 2 3/4", and 4 1/2". These will be your screw patterns. This is demonstrated below. Mark and predrill the both ends of all pieces F as shown below. Then screw in each tabletop piece on the ends through the predrilled holes.
Screw pattern for the tabletop pieces shown above.
Flip the table over on it's top and predril through all the 2x2 support pieces, drilling two holes per tabletop piece, per support piece. You will drill a total of 108 holes. Screw the top to the 2x2 support pieces through the predrilled holes.