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!
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)
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)
Always use glue. Use the longest possible screws, and predrill with a countersink bit to hide the screw heads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you have adequately screwed your table together, as shown above.
Here are some dimensions.