Farmhouse Table

Extremely sturdy rustic farmhouse table that is easy to build!
Special thanks to Jackie, one of our readers for the photo.

image from Country Living Magazine/photo by Lucas Allen

This table was also featured in Country Living Magazine!  Built by Michael and Emily Knotts!

We use our table now as my main work table in the garage.  Hundreds of projects later, she's still going!!!  We ended up putting more stretcher boards down for a lower shelf, and hundreds of pounds of screws are now stored there.  Super strong!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Shopping List: 

Weathered Stain
Varnish or Finish Oil
8 – 2x4s (should be about $2 a stick)
6 – 2x2s (should be about $1 a stick)
1 - 2×8 (should be about $6)
7 – 2x6s (should be about $2.50 each)
2 3/4″ Screws (About 100)
4″ Screws (About 20)

120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Always use glue. Use the longest possible screws, and predrill with a countersink bit to hide the screw heads.

30″ High x 38 1/2″ Wide x 96″ Long
Cut List: 

A) 4 - 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ (Outside Legs)
B) 4 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ (Inside Legs)
C) 2 -2×4 @ 34 1/2″ (Bottom End Supports for the Stretcher)
D) 1 – 2×4 @ 81″ (Stretcher)
E) 2 – 2×4 @ 81″ (Side Aprons)
F) 2 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ (End Aprons)
G) 2 – 2×2 @ 28 1/2″ (Overhang Supports, Ends)
H) 2 – 2×2 @ 78″ (Overhang Supports, Sides)
I) 10 – 2×2 @ 28 1/2″ (Under Tabletop Supports)
J) 2 – 2×8 @ 38 1/2″ (Breadboard Ends)
K) 7 – 2×6 @ 81″ (Tabletop Pieces)

Cutting Instructions: 
Start by cutting all your boards.
Step 1: 

Notch out boards A, the Outside Legs, as shown above. If you do not know how to notch out boards, watch me notch the boards out for my table in my HOW-TO section.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Notch out the inside leg as shown above. Make sure you notch both the top and the bottom as shown above. Use the measurements from step 2 to notch the bottom. See the below diagram for a closeup on notching the top.

Step 3 Instructions: 

The above diagram show you how to notch out the top of the inside legs.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now screw an inside leg to an outside leg, using glue and 2 3/4″ screws. Be aware of where each leg is placed – it does matter on what sides the inside leg sits. Also, screw through the inside leg into the outside leg to keep your screw holes on the inside.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now notch out board C, the end support for the stretcher, as shown above in green. This notch is 1″ deep.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Screw the support, C, into the legs, as shown above. Make sure you use 2 screws on the inside leg and 2 screws on the outside legs per side of the end supports.
NOTE: If you would like the support to be on the outside, rotate the legs, keeping the inside legs on the inside, and add 4″ to your stretcher, D. This will reduce your leg room for end chairs, but the notch out will be more visible, like my table and the Restoration Hardware table.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Put your stretcher in place and screw down.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Build your apron on a level surface as shown above, using side apron boards E and end apron boards F.

Step 9 Instructions: 

Fit the apron frame into the base of the table as shown above. Use the long screws to screw at an angle through the apron into the legs. Use 3 screws per leg on all legs. Lots of glue here.
Now is a good time to check your table for square. Visit the HOW-TO section if you do not know how to check for square.

Step 10 Instructions: 

Mark the side apron every 5 3/4″ and place the 2×2 supports, I, as shown above. Remember that a 2×2 is 1 1/2″ wide. This does not have to be exact and the last support will not be exactly 5 3/4″ from the end. Use the 2 3/4″ screws here.

Step 11: 

Add the overhang supports, G and H, as shown above. Keep the top edges flush, use the 2 3/4″ screws. Make sure you screw these in good.

Step 12: 

Now the breadboard ends, J. See the below diagram for measurements:

Step 13: 

Use the long screws to screw the breadboard end into the legs. Then screw from the underside of the overhang support, board G, into the underside of the breadboard end.

Step 14: 

First mark all the ends of the tabletop boards, K, for the screw pattern. The screw pattern I used was 1″ from the end, and 1″ from each side and one in the middle. Predrill the ends on the marked pattern, as shown above.

Step 15: 

Then begin adding the tabletop pieces K, starting with the center piece, as shown below. Screw the center board in place on the ends through the top, predrilled and marked in step 15. Then from the underside of the table, screw through the tabletop supports, I, into the underside of the tabletop boards, K.

Step 16: 

Add the next tabletop boards, K, as shown below. As you screw each board down, take special care to line up the edges with the existing boards. You do not want a gap between the boards on the tabletop. Remember to screw through the top on the ends and then screw through the bottomof the under supports to the underside of the tabletop boards.

Step 17: 

After all the boards are screwed in place, then use the long screws to screw through the tabletop boards into the breadboard ends, as shown above.

Step 18: 

Make sure you have adequately screwed your table together, as shown above.

Step 19: 

Here are some dimensions.

Finish Used: 
Fill screw holes with putty and sand and finish as desired. The Restoration Hardware table actually comes unfinished. I recommend using a “weathered wood” stain, hand rubbed on, and a light mineral oil sealer.
Project Type: 
Estimated Cost: 
Skill Level: 


More than beautiful. I would've said it's very difficult if not that you outlined the steps.

Do you make a list of your inspirations:

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? OMG..I just went to Restoration Hardware and picked up their catalogue and drooled over these very pictures...that dried up real fast at the prices.! LOL
This is amazing. Now I have to find old wood. We have so much in the garage...there has to be some cool stuff.
THANK YOU!!!! I am going to sow this to my hubby tomorrow. I know he will be thrilled that I have discvered your blog via Shabby Nest

I'm came to your blog via Shabby Nest. I love your table. I can't believe you made this yourself and for what a price! How rewarding. Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us.

I just stumbled upon your blog via Shabby Nest and I am in l-O-V-E with your blog!!!

I just became a follower and will be every day....back....(kinda stalkerish?)

Ohhhh fabulous! Shabby Nest fan here too. Now I'm your fan as well. :) This girl with tools is most curious and will be following closely!


Love this table! My husband is getting ready to build me a farm house kitchen island...we are doing a mahagony top, so there goes the idea of only spending $9 for us. lol I am so glad I found your blog, will be a follower now! Have a wonderful day and look forward to many more visits. :)


Wow! Stopped by from the ShabbyNest too. What a beautiful piece you made, and to share the instructions- so very kind and generous of you. I'm off to become a follower and to check out more of your blog. Thank you Thank you.

Victoria building an island - One of the tables pictured from Restoration Hardware is actually an island. I actually loved the island more than the table, so I built a hybrid of the two (island's design, no shelves underneath). If you would like to see modified plans to make a farmhouse island please comment.

You are smart to use the hardwood top - more functionality.

Thanks for reading my blog and commenting!


I would love to see the plans for the farmhouse island. We live in a 120 year old house, and are making plans to renovate the kitchen.

You really have some super ideas on your blog- when do you find the hours in the day to do all of this???
Lynne H.

I would love to see the plans for the farmhouse island!  I found an island from Lexington I fell in love with that has a hammered stainless steel top but it's really expensive.  I came across your blog and love all of these ideas and plans.  I love the table, but an island made similiar with a stainless top might just be what I'm looking for!  Thank you!

Love your blog! I got here through Shabby Nest, and am now hooked. I think that given the proper tools, I would love working with wood as this is something that I always did with my Dad growing up. I've always had a mental list of "why couldn't I build that" things such as bookshelves, a console table, and coffee table. With your site to inspire, I KNOW that I could do some of it! Thanks for providing your talent as a resource - look forward to visiting your blog!

That is AWESOME!!! I like yours hands down better then R.H.'s! (I never liked the little island thing on theirs...or the dried up old wood look.). Your instructions are great---after this Christmas rush, I'll be making a mini version as a coffee table...I've been drooling over the same design in the pottery barn catalog!

What talent! I think I can learn a lot from your blog. I hope I can go to the next level and do a project like that table.


You are evil... Just, evil. I can't think about anything else in life right now except building your furniture! Not that my wife is complaining.

Wow, that looks great! And I am one who usually doesn't like anything distressed (not even jeans). I discovered your blog via apartment therapy.

P.S. I'm sure you could get better lighting by moving a ton of lamps into the room...but then you have to move them back. Nevermind!

This is an amazing site! My roommate and I want to get a farm table but they're...well...expensive. Since I'm unemployed, I definitely have the time to make this. Also, I live in New York where we have Build It Green - all recycled wood for way cheap. I'm going to abuse them so bad.

Quick question though, would the table still be supported if you didn't have the beams underneath the table? I hate sitting at the end of a table and kicking your feet into the ends of the table.

Thanks! I'm so excited!!!

Table without stretcher. You can build the table without the stretcher supports, and it should be just fine. Just make sure you keep everything very square, because you won't have the underneath supports to square everything up with. Check out the Hyde collection of tables. They are all built this way. You could also use 4x4 posts instead of the notched 2x4s.

I just found your blog and I love it love it love it! I spemd all my free tie building things and knocking off furniture so this is just perfect. Usually I just post what I have done once a week on the old bloggy blog you know! I was just in Restoration Harware last night and decided to build the coffee table of reclaimes wood along with this table, although I need it to be more like a trestle table since I have a banquette and people need to be able to slide in. My third baby is due on Tuesday so hubby has cut me off the saws as of yesterday (when he caught me ;)but I will be back! You are awesome! My new best friend!

Ana, you mentioned modified plans for an island? I would LOVE to have them..we're going to be building our very own in the coming weeks and I would love the help. We're so excited and grateful to have found your site. Keep up the great work!

Right on! I'm glad to see something honest and real instead of some cheap knock off that was made in China (like all of Restoration Hardware's "reclaimed" wood items)...Keep up the good work, I'm bookmarking your great site.

I, too, just discovered your blog and FB page. Please tell me how to make this an island. Sounds just like what I've been wanting. Great site!!!


I, too, just discovered your blog and FB page. Please tell me how to make this an island. Sounds just like what I've been wanting. Great site!!!


OK,now i'm addicted to your blog. got here via young house love and can't get away. I have wanted a farmhouse table for I don't know, forever!I immediately sent this link to my husband who I am going to partner with to make this! Thank you so much and can't wait to try all of your other plans, love them!!

I'm in love. No really. Your blog is a total drug for a furniture junkie! I love it. I'll be back for another hit tomorrow.

I found your blog via Apartment Therapy and I love it! I've wanted a solid wood table for my patio but all of them are really expensive. So after seeing this I think I'm going to try and make one myself with the help of my boyfriend! Our only question is what kind of wood should we use if it rains a lot where we live? I know we would probably be better of with a plastic/metal table but I really don't like them...

Given the price listed for the wood pieces, I would assume it is pine. If the table will be an outdoor table, be sure to coat it with water sealant. Also, there are better, longer lasting, wood such as cedar, which is better suited for furniture exposed to the elements.

For an outdoor table, I would recommend using cedar or teak or other outdoor woods. These are expensive options.

You can use pine or other hardwoods, but you will need to refinish the table every year if you live in a rainy area (think rotting picnic tables). Refinishing is easy if you keep up with it - just scrape and apply a new coat of poly or varnish.

Love this table, but currently looking to do an island and would LOVE one w/this style, maybe w/ 2 shelves underneath vs just the one bottom? am in love with your site! :)

Hey Ana,

One more time of begging you to tell me how to make this an island. Mt dd's bday get together is 3/5 and I'd like to have it in my kitchen by then. ;-)


Just finished building this and I LOVE IT!!! Never built anything before, but I'm quite in love with the feeling of a saw in my hand! This thing is HUGE for our big family of 7 and I have my grandmother's old dining chairs that will be added with a bench (our next build) and we'll have plenty of seating. About to head to the garage to apply my stain in Cabot's Peppermill and Tannery semi-transparent... Can't wait to see it. I have pics and will post them to my blog soon!!!!

Wow Ana ~ right now I am doing the ~ I AM NOT WORTHY bow to you! I googled "plans for a farm table" and found your blog ~
You Rock

We are hoping to do this table soon. I was wondering if it would look strange to do the top in Oak and the rest in pine? Would that be totally noticeable and not cool?

I've been reading all your entries and can't get enough of them! Its making me feel so ambitious - I can't wait for the weekend to start! We just finished building a deck by ourselves, and if I can do that, I'm sure I can make my own patio set! =P Thanks for all your plans and inspiration!

Hi Ana,

I am very interested in make this table. I would love to make it a bit wider from 38.5" as in the plans to 47.5". I would do that by adding another 2x6 and an additional 2x4 down the middle. I am having a little trouble figuring out the rest of the dimensions for the table bottom ie the end support for the stretcher and end apron.

Any help would be appreciated.



I too would love to make this table a little wider and possibly shorter. Ana, could you tell us how to modify the plans??? This is on my "to-do" list with many other projects to finish up our remodel but first I plan on making some nightstands and a bench from some of your plans! Thanks Ana for showing me that I don't have to spend tons of money for great furniture!


I am not professing to be that great at math but I think I figured out how to make the table 47.5” up from the 38.5” posted. Please feel free to double check my math…I plan on starting this project over the weekend.

Here is my shopping list and cut list:

Shopping List

8 (2x4)
9 (2x2)
1 (2x8)
7 (2x6)

Cut List

A) 4 - 2x4 @28.5" (Outside Legs)

B) 4 - 2x4 @28.5" (Inside Legs)

C) 2 - 2x4 @ 43.5" (Bottom End Support) =(-4" off width of the table which is 47.5")

D) 1 - 2x4 @81" (Stretcher)

E) 2 - 2x4 @81" (Side Aprons)

F) 2 - 2x2 @37.5" (End Aprons) =(-6" off bottom end support from leg to leg which is 43.5")

G) 2 - 2x2 @37.5" (Overhang Support Ends) =(End Apron dimension which is 37.5")

H) 2 - 2x2 @78" (Overhang Support Sides)

I) 10 - 2x2 @47.5" (Under-table Top Supports)

J) 2 - 2x8 @47.5" (Breadboard Ends)

K) 8 - 2x6 @81"
1 - 2x4 @81" (Table Top Pieces) (the 2x4 goes down the middle)



Ok so I am going to attempt this table this week. I will post a picture of it once I am done. Wish me luck! Thank you for the inspiration!

Does anyone know where to buy reclaimed wood in Los Angeles? I don't have any lying around and the lumber yards I usually buy from only sell new wood. Googling "reclaimed wood" only brings up custom makers charging exorbitant amounts for their creations.

Ana, you are amazing. Thank you for working so hard and sharing your plans with us.

I am overjoyed that I finally found your site. The only thing keeping me from building this right now right here is that I don't know where to buy lumber in middle of the night. Well, and that I've never done anything like this before. But I'm gonna do it. And that's that. One question though. Restoration, (Oh how I love them but can't afford them), their farmhouse table is an extension table. Is that doable? If ever we are up in Alaska, we will bring some lights and take pics for you!!

We made this great table this weekend! (About 8.5-9 hours total work time!) We had to make a lot of changes and extra cuts because we're in the UK and 2x4s aren't 2x4s here... but we learned from the experience and will modify *before* cutting in our next projects! Tomorrow, we varnish...and after that, I'll send photos in! Such a fun project! Thanks SO much for this plan and all of your fab plans and inspiration!!

Love the table. Hubby and I are currently trying to build it. We've modified the dimensions a bit, but we did leave the table legs the same height but now we wish we hadn't. We're finding that 30" for the height of the table is too short. Now we have to figure out how to make it taller...wish us luck :)

Dandelion Soup, when I built my table I felt it was too short (before I put the top on). I even measured it a few times to make sure my dimensions were correct, because 30" is standard tabletop height for all dining tables. It just felt short next to the giant table size. But after the tabletop when on, the height is standard and perfect, just like a table you would buy at the store (or order from a magazine). Hope this helps! Ana

Thank you for the farm table plans. This is going to be my very first woodworking project on my own. I recently bought my first house and a workshop came with it. Buying a new table was in my plan, but then I thought why not use the workshop and build one myself. I love the plans and am excited about getting to work on it. I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks!

I have never built anything or used a tool in my life. This table will be my first project. I went under your tools section and you suggested a miter saw, a circular saw and a jigsaw. Which one of these is the most important to have and start with? You just list saw under tools needed for this one? I am not sure what to buy, thank you.


I built this table out of recycled wood from free pallets. I sanded and refinished all surfaces, and modified the plans to suit the wood sizes available. I turned out great! Thanks for the plans!

(I tried to post some pictures but I cant for some reason...)

[...] BUILT a dining table. Yes, we built it from scratch, by hand! We have been eyeballing the farmhouse table from Knock-off Wood for months. Love this site–we actually combined two of her plans to get the exact look we wanted. [...]

Love this table, I cannot wait to build it this weekend. I am trying to figure out how to do it in a square so I can seat 8, but not even sure where to start to figure that out? If someone else has done something similar and can share, or Ana if you care to chime in, I would really appreciate it!

Michale, I know this has been done many times before. If you want a table that is square, about 4 feet x 4 feet on top, do 9 2x6s @ 38 1/2" long for the centers and 2 2x6s @ 49 1/2" for the breadboard ends. You will need to adjust the supports to match the table top. Also make sure that your 2x6s are exactly 5 1/2" wide. Good luck with your table!

Hi! We are currently in the process of building this table. I'm very very excited! I really would like a matching bench with breadboard ends...does anyone have the dimensions for a matching bench?? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'll send in pics as soon as I have the table stained!

[...] Farmhouse Table with Stretcher — Ana White I like yours hands down better then R.H.'s! (I never liked the little island thing on theirs…or the dried up old wood look.). Your instructions are great—after this Christmas rush, I'll be making a mini version as a coffee table… [...]

my husband did the table and it looks fabulous!!! And now we need to do benches, I see you mentioned writting some up, but I couldn't seem to find any! Am I missing them? Thanks for the great plans!!

Thank you so much for your site. I was just in Restoration Hardware today and loved every table that I saw, but didn't love any of the prices for them. Now with your help I can still acquire the look I want in my home without the crazy price tag. You are God sent! This is now on my favs list...hopefully soon I can get started on these projects. Thanks again!

Ok I am absolutely in love with this table! I do have a question and I'm sorry if it sounds just bizarre. Is there a way to modify this table to add extensions? I don't really care if they're in the middle or on the end, but I want this table to extend to seat 10-12 people....please tell me this is possible!

I was unsure of my skills so i first made this table as a coffee table. I just modified the dimensions. My wife LOVED IT!!!!! So I built this table this week. My dimensions were 72"x38.5" love it. I stained it an early american color, and put a satin finish varathane on it. This table has the feel of rustic country, but the stain and varathane makes it a little modern. My friends are asking me to make then one! I'll post pictures very soon

Hi Paul! My husband and I are excited to make this table, and are interested in the dimensions that you used. Could you share your plans with us? We total novices so any tips would be great.

Thank you!!