$2 Farmhouse Table

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I am starting to work on more and more projects and I'm limited with space. I needed a worktable that could double as a backyard dining table (should the occasion arise). We have been planning to build the farmhouse table for a while now, so this was a great opportunity to build a prototype. I did some repair work for a friends deck and she gave me the leftover decking material. This became my table top. I purchased 4 2x4's at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 50 cents each (this was the only money spent on this project). While I was at the ReStore I also picked up 4 pallets (they are free). After cutting them apart, the 2x4s from the pallets became the table legs and the 1x4's & 1x5's from the pallets became the shelf underneath. The shelf has been great for holding extra tools while I'm working on projects. My daughter likes to stack her toys on it too! This was a super quick and easy build. My wife even suggested we just refinish it and bring this one inside!

As always, I have to give thanks to Ana for such great plans!

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
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We haven't yet decided on the finish, we might just use a clear coat and call it done!
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Great table!  Thank you so much for sharing this.  I had no idea there were such things as Habitat ReStores and I just discovered there is one close to us!  I can't wait to go!

The table is gorgeous. I love the patina of the old wood. If I were finishing it, I might go for a clear coat of Briwax instead of a poly coat. The Briwax won't change that beautiful gray color as much as a clear poly will. So pretty!

I love that you used all reclaimed wood to come up with something so useful! It looks fantastic. What a great work station and table

Thanks for all the feedback!  I've never used Briwax, so I will definitely look into that.  Thanks for the tip.  I built the pallet shelf for one of our guest bathrooms and lost almost all of that beautiful patina when I gave it a clear coat.  I ended up sanding again and really just started over. 

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place.  You never know what you're going to find.  I seem to always get lucky.  They always seem to have the few random sizes of scrap wood that I'm looking for, or at least something that will work.  Some ReStores are better than others, so check around.  It might be worth checking out the other ones in the area.

Thanks again!

i love this table! i have been looking at reclaimed wood tables for a long time. i really like this one, and sounds so easy to make. this is a new honey-do project for my husband..... thanks for the idea...

There is nothing more beautiful than the beauty in reclaiming wood. You did an awesome job, and I am now in the mood to scout out some barnwood of my own! Thanks!

Thanks for the tip about the ReStore. I never even knew about them and low and behold there's one in my town! I am definitely going to check them out!

that is so cool. That is exactly what I want for a desk, (minus the bottom part)and then another one for outside, with the bottom part. I want my husband to do that, but he swore he's not making anything else & says he doesn't know how to make something like this. I'm jealous.

I would love to learn to do things like this. I am ABSOLUTELY clueless. Any help?

I want to learn to be able to design things like this.

Thanks so much!!!

id like to use this as sort of a breakfast/craft bar. i dont see any instructions! can you help me? we have 11 children so you know buying furniture and home repair is nearly nonexistant! i was thinking of putting bins on the bottom level. maybe shelves on one end? can you help me? thanks!!!!

On Sundays my hubby and I road trip and look at houses. Today we happened.upon a man putting.out wood then passing again FREE! Needless to.say this table will be made this week out of one.hundred year old tongue and.groove attic flooring. Thanks so.much!

Effective home making information and location here! The article is quite aid full for (own) home maker and refiners. I appreciate to aria_dia for her creative job style. Thanks aria_dia for your good job!

Love the tables and would live to make them will or do you share your step by step plans in how to make them

Love the tables and would live to make them will or do you share your step by step plans in how to make them

Great table Andy, do you have a project plan for it if someone was not able to find the reclaimed wood? I would like to make one. Thanks,Kim