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Square Modern Farmhouse Table

September 21, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Simple to build small space modern farm table. Seats just four, perfect for adding that rustic modern edge to your dining space.

Square Modern Farmhouse Table

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Square Modern Farmhouse Table
35" x 36" x 30"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 – 2×4, stud length or 8′ length (about $2 each)
2 – 2×6,8′ length (about $4 each)
2 – 2×2, 8′ length (about $1.80 each)
12 – 3″ screws
72 – 2 1/2″ Screws

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 2×2 @ 33″ (Joists)
6 – 2×6 @ 32″ (Tabletop Boards)
2 – 2×4 @ 32″ (Side Aprons)
2 – 2×4 @29″ (Apron on Leg Sides)
4 – 2×4 @ 30″ (Legs)

Step 1

Square Modern Farmhouse Table


If you have a Kreg Jig™, you can join all your boards together first. Otherwise, lay your 2×6 boards on a flat surface and glue and screw the joists to the top. Check for square and keep outside edges flush.

Step 2

Square Modern Farmhouse Table

Step 3

Square Modern Farmhouse Table


Attach the legs with 3″ screws but NO GLUE (so the legs are removable). Keep outside edges flush. TRICK: Only put one screw in each of the legs. Flip the table over and move to it’s final resting spot. Adjust the table so legs are level, top is level, and everything is square. Then add remaining screws.

Step 4

Square Modern Farmhouse Table

Leg Side Arons

Finally, glue and screw the legs side aprons on with 2 1/2″ screws.

Finishing Instructions

The modern farm table continues to be one of the most built plans that I have designed.  I believe the reason for it's success is that it's simple, easy to build, stylish, and it's difficult to find a solid wood table in a modern design.  So many of us have built this table.

One of our readers, Tami, built the table and modified it to square.  I was so inspired by Tami's photo, that I just had to offer the plans to everyone else.

I choose to scale down the aprons and legs to 2x4s instead of 2x6s because the table is so much smaller.  This table is a perfect small space table.  Try shortening the legs to 18" for a coffee table too.

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You are a mind-reader, Ana! I

You are a mind-reader, Ana! I wanted to build a square modern farm table and was inspecting the original modern farm table plans yesterday, but had doubts as to my ability to modify a plan, being a complete beginner and all. Yay!!! THANK YOU!

posted by Cheryl in Canada (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-21 13:57

So cute!

So cute!

posted by diymyhome (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-21 16:05

oh my gosh! That is my table!

oh my gosh! That is my table! WOW! I am so super excited to see it here! I think maybe too many exclamation points? Will be blogging my build at my blog, but haven't got around to it yet, this is the motivation I needed I guess!

I am so excited, seriously, excited, wow!

posted by tamiknits (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-21 18:01

Hi, Ana! I have to say I

Hi, Ana! I have to say I keep giggling at the sidebar with the different plans on it. It shortens the titles so one reads, "I built my bed. You can t..." Haha, I really needed a good laugh today! I can and I will! :)
This plan, like so many others, is beautiful. Well done!

posted by jennhoff (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-21 18:09

Tami, I spent an hour today

Tami, I spent an hour today looking through all the photo boards for YOUR table. It's been in my mind since you posted it! Love it! Make sure you tell us where you blogged the table! Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-21 19:53

I blogged about this table --

I blogged about this table -- like the stain I used and whatnot -- at http://olsensinboise.blogspot.com!

posted by tamiknits (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 04:35

I love the square table!!!

I love the square table!!! Ana how would I modify the plan if I wanted the table to seat 8, instead of 4 as shown above??

posted by loveJP (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 08:58

Hi LoveJP, try something like

Hi LoveJP, try something like this:

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 10:21

Sturdy and Practical

I recently built this table when I moved into my new country home. This fits our small family perfectly, and we have the option of jumping up and down on it and smashing open geodes on it without worrying about it ever breaking. This table is tough!

posted by Woodpeckerpecker | on Sat, 2011-10-08 17:16

Thanks Ana! I'll have to

Thanks Ana! I'll have to show the hubs tonight! Thanks again ;o)

posted by loveJP (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 13:10

Ana, I love the bigger

Ana, I love the bigger version. If I wanted to make it taller to be one of those "high top" tables, is it more complicated than just making the legs longer?

posted by christinaeileena (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 17:18

Hi Christina Eileena, it is

Hi Christina Eileena, it is :( When legs get longer, the support at the base needs to be beefed up. You will need to add bracing or some sort of support (think of a bar stool) Check out how that is done in this post.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 22:51

Ana I'm looking to make a

Ana I'm looking to make a very similar design only for a toy room play table... How would you suggest modifying this table for kids to sit at and something that's a little longer vice a square?

posted by DanielsWifey (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-09-23 09:14

Thanks Ana, you rock!!

Thanks Ana, you rock!!

posted by christinaeileena (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-09-23 10:24

This is awesome. I have a

This is awesome. I have a whole construction site down the street with tons of 2 X4, 2X6, 2X2 scraps (not kidding a TON of free scraps). I was looking at what to build with them as the owner said I can help myself. Thank-you!

posted by triciarodrigue (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-25 16:01

Hi Ana, we were thinking of

Hi Ana, we were thinking of building the larger version of this table, but my husband wants to build it with a harder wood than Pine or Whitewood, but we are having a hard time finding hardwoods that are 2x6's. What are your thoughts about this? Should we just make it with the soft woods knowing that eventually we will have to remake it or replace it with another table?


posted by Katie (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-10-04 12:00

Also, with the modified plan,

Also, with the modified plan, are we now using 4" screws for the joists since the joists are 2x4's instead of 2x2's? Or is there something else that should be done?

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-10-04 12:03

Hi Ana, I just spent a couple

Hi Ana, I just spent a couple hours building this, and wanted to share that all of the boars running parallel to the joists (and the joists themselves, actually) are a quarter inch too long. I had everything cut per the cut list, and had to spend a coupled minutes re-cutting those 6 boards.

posted by Gina (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-03 19:17

I keep looking at all these

I keep looking at all these tables hoping that I could magically figure out how to convert one into something with leaves or something expandable. I have a small house, but I host Thanksgiving. Normally there's 3 of us and we eat at the breakfast bar every night. But now there's going to be 4 of us and while I think we can scrape by this last Thanksgiving.. next year won't work.

Could you possibly suggest a conversion of a small table which seats 4 to a big table which seats 8 or more? Is this feasible?

posted by Jennifer Perry (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-16 13:43

How about a pedestal

How about a pedestal farmhouse table? We have an L-shaped storage bench and the table we have now with four legs makes it uncomfortable to have a seat. I found this picture online that was pretty close to what I was thinking, but any helpful plans or ideas for any pedestal table will work.. Thank you!

posted by drerup (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-20 18:19

This is probably going to be

This is probably going to be my next project but I am wondering if anyone has made chairs to go with it and what you chose. Thanks!

posted by Chelle (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-07 07:57

Hi, I want to make this table

Hi, I want to make this table this week but noticed Gina said in the comments that the cut list had parts that were too long - Ana, have you fixed this, or has anyone else noticed this same problem? I've never made anything before!

posted by Paula (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 18:04

I'm getting ready to build

I'm getting ready to build this table but I wanted to go ahead and start looking for chairs. What size (height) chairs go well with this table?

posted by Rachel (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-03 21:06

Rachel, this table is

Rachel, this table is standard 30" high, so most any standard chair would work!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-04 01:49

My 2x6 where actually 5 and

My 2x6 where actually 5 and 5/8ths rather than 5 and half . As a result the aprons joints needed to be 33 and 6/8ths inches and the apron needed to be 29 7/8ths inches.
All the other cuts were correct

posted by GregSJ (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-08 19:26

Ana, similar to

Ana, similar to christinaeileena's question, if I want to build the smaller (4 seater) table but tall enough for barstools, will I need to build in extra support?

posted by Christine (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-12 16:05


Hi Ana - I built a cabinet, and I did not know about how wood expands in the humid summer, contracts in the dry winter. I built the cabinet in the winter, and the doors would not close in the summer, and the planks buckled in the summer. I'm worried about the table losing its integrity after a few years of expansion and contraction. How does this table deal with the changes?

posted by Bethanie (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-04-28 08:17

In between

Ana, I want to make this table, but the small is too small and the one you showed dimensions for the 8 seat table is too big. I'm wanting to build this table around 54"x54". What do you suggest I do for boards and measurements? Thank you!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-10-02 15:14

Harder wood

I LOVE the plan for the 8 seater. It is exactly what I've been looking for...minus the $1,400 price tag. Thank you!!! My husband wants to build this table out of oak. Is there a reason that people are using pine instead? We need a sturdy table that will stand up to beating from our kiddos and we don't mind that it will be heavier with oak.

posted by Kat M (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-01-20 12:52
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Using oak

Oak is a magnificent wood for tables. There are downsides that you need to be aware of though.

The first is that oak is expensive compared to construction grade pine. This design calls for material 1 3/4" thick, also known as 8/4 (hardwood is sold by the quarter inch, and one inch is lost to surfacing to make it smooth). You'd have to find a hardwood dealer, because that isn't sold at a home center, and you pay a premium for 8/4 material. A 2x4 at current market prices in my area would cost about $12, and a quick estimate suggests about $115 just for lumber. You'd also greatly increase labor because the surface of the wood is rough at those prices, so you'd need to joint and plane the lumber, which requires either hand planes and a good aerobic regimen, or expensive power tools.

The second is that you need to work it differently than pine. It's harder, and it's also very fond of splitting. If you try to nail or screw into it without predrilling you'll split out the wood or snap off the screw in the hole.

For durability, pine is actually pretty good. If you go to a proper lumber yard rather than a home center, you can likely ask for southern yellow pine. It's considerably harder than white pine for about the same price. It has a stronger grain pattern, but it holds up to abuse. I built my workbench out of it, and the stuff is tough. It will show scratches, gouges and saw cuts, but less than other woods. It also finishes up nicely.

posted by claydowling | on Fri, 2012-01-20 14:13

Thank you!

Thank you so much Clay! That information helps greatly. My husband and I are beginners and from the information you've given, it just seems like it would be easier to go with pine. We are going to check out the local lumber yards for the southern yellow pine. I've never heard of it and we would have just gone to the local home center to get supplies. Thank you very very much.

posted by Kat M (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-01-21 11:55


Yes! I agree on the durability of a wooden floor. This can really amazed me too much. And it is not hard for me to maintain my wooden floor because there's a lot of flooring company nowadays that can offer the best services and not too expensive.

posted by Jeila (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 04:37

Hi Ana, I am currently

Hi Ana, I am currently working on this table...would it just be terrible to make the legs 36" instead of 30"? i have some chairs that i want to fit under it

posted by Rach Pie (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-07-30 23:15

HUGE square farmhouse table from these plans

So, I LOVE this table, however, I am planning on making one much larger...
MUCH larger... it will be and 8ft square, for a huge family dining table.

I have taken the given plans and expanded them to my needs, the only change being that I have planned for the legs to be two 2x4's each so they are a little heavier looking. Everything else adjusted to scale.

Just looking for advice/opinions... Does anyone think I will need an extra set of legs anywhere? or a center support?

I have support joists under the table at about a foot apart.
Also, with the plans, are there any screws going in the top of the table? It kind of looks like there aren't...


posted by Emily L. Boston (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-09 13:21
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Gigantic Table

The joists are a good idea. A set of central support legs for those joists isn't a terrible idea.

You might want to think about logistics though. How will you get things into the center of the table? What will happen if something gets slid there unintentionally? My own arm reach is only about two and a half feet, and I'm unusually long in the arm (34/35 sleeves on my shirts).

If you can figure out how to make the 8x8 table work though, make a brag post, because this will be really cool.

posted by claydowling | on Mon, 2012-11-19 22:33

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