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Providence Table

April 24, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Build this table for $100 from solid wood! Inspired by Restoration Hardware Provence Table.

Providence Table

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About Project

Author Notes: 

I like to think of my relationship with Brook like a designer and a movie star. 

She's the star, I'm the desperate designer.

PLEASE PLEASE will you try my dress on???? Can I make you a dress? Can I make you three? One in each color?

Only in my case, we aren't talking necklines and fabric. Train styles or borrowed diamonds. 

 

We talk benches and chairs and tables. 

I can't tell you how honored and excited I am that Brook let me work with her on this outdoor dining set. Thank you thank you.

 

Brook really loved the Provence Table from Restoration Hardware, but wanted an easy to build project made from 2x4s. I loved the idea of using 2x4s instead of 4x4s because 4x4s are so hard to find, can be expensive, are hard to cut and join, and tend to warp and split and drip sap more so than 2x4s.

Did I say less expensive?

This is what Brook built for about $100 including paint.

Thank you Brook for working with me on this plan!  We will post bench plans later this week.  Make sure you stop over and visit Brook for lots more photos and tips.

PS - for those of you wanting the 4x4 look, you can find plans here.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
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Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
7 – 2x6 @ stud length (92 5/8” long)
2 – 1x3 8 feet long
2 ½” screws
2” screws
2 ½” PH screws
Wood glue
Finishing supplies

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 2x4 @ 38 1/2"
4 – 2x4 @ 27 3/8” – both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are parallel
2 – 2x4 @ 36 ¼” – long point to long point, ends NOT parallel, cut at 10 degrees off square
1 – 2x4 @ 62”
1 – 2x4 @ 58”
2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” - both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel to each other
7 – 2x6 @ 92” long
6 – 1x3 @ 17 1/2"

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

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Build two ends as shown above, exactly the same.

Step 2

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The add stretcher.

Step 3

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Followed by center support.

Step 4

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And then the cross supports.

Step 5

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Followed by the top. NOTE: leave a 1/8" gap in between boards for outdoor use.

Step 6

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And then add these for keeping the boards straight and a little extra character.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Wow!

I was just thinking we needed some pretty new table plans to drool over! Good job ladies.

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Tue, 2012-04-24 15:36

PDFs

Why even bother with PDF plans if they never work? Good lord!

posted by Darin Molnar (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-24 17:51

PDFS

Darin,
There's no need to make such snide comment. If you don't like this site then don't use it. And if you're too much of a moron to figure out how to make your own PDF's then you deserve all the trouble you have.

posted by broncofan23 (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-04-25 07:06

You're upset that the PDF link doesn't work. Seriously??!!

With all that Ana does at no cost to any of us and you want complain about the PDF link not working? It's not like there aren't multiple options for obtaining the plans. If you must complain, find something more critical to complain about!

posted by Cherica (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-04-25 14:33
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I can understand your

I can understand your frustration as many of the PDF links do not work and it's not fair to say that you are a moron because you don't know how to convert it to a PDF, not everyone knows how to do that. However, because it IS a free site and Ana IS amazing for giving us this knowledge base and teaches us new skill sets for nothing, maybe you could overlook the PDF links not working as I have and just enjoy what IS there? Just sayin'

To everyone else, lets be a little more tolerant. Not everyone knows how to do things like convert to PDF's. I don't, but I bet if I gave it a try I could figure it out. Let's not be critical if you want others to be the same way. Again, Just sayin' :-)

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Wed, 2012-04-25 16:33
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Solution

Right click. Choose "Save Link As" Click OK or Save, whatever your browser presents. Problem solved.

Please be nice. Ana is being nice, and it's best to repay kindness with kindness.

posted by claydowling | on Wed, 2012-04-25 19:39
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Benches

This table is beautiful I would love plans for the benches :-)

posted by donna | on Tue, 2012-04-24 19:48

Benches

Love this table!

Littlemissbuilder

posted by Little miss builder | on Wed, 2012-04-25 06:44

Love this!!!! I might like

Love this!!!! I might like the quilt just a tad more though!!!

posted by Heather Palmer (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-04-26 13:50
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I'm with you!

Its gorgeous - my favorite color combos... One of these days I will learn to quilt...

posted by tannisg | on Sat, 2012-04-28 14:40

I want to build this for a friend.....

I think it's very elegant. Love the white finish.

posted by Dona (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-04-26 14:04
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So gorgeous!

Has anybody tried making something like this out of composite decking material? As much as I love working with wood, because we are south facing & in such a dry climate, everything that we've made of wood cracks & splinters within a few years no matter how well we seal it! My only concern would be the food safety of the material. Any thoughts? Love, love, love this site!

posted by scorridori | on Thu, 2012-04-26 21:21

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posted by Darin Molnar (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-04-27 13:02
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Would it work to angle the legs in more?

I'm thinking this might be a great table for my kitchen!

We're going to put in a banquette (thank you Ana for not only giving me the name so I could find pics online, but proving they don't look like tacky restaurant booths!) and I don't think our current table will allow for sliding into it (legs at the corners)

this one looks like it would leave ample room at the ends but I wonder if I could move the support legs in a little for even more leg room?

posted by tannisg | on Sat, 2012-04-28 14:42

Bench Plans

Can you please post a link or photos of the bench plans?

posted by Joe Haynes (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-05-05 18:17
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bench plans are on here

here you go:

http://ana-white.com/2012/04/plans/providence-bench

posted by tannisg | on Mon, 2012-05-07 11:18

LOVE!

This is such a good looking and simple table - I am so excited to build this for our outdoor space! LOVE IT!

posted by Karen Silver (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-14 11:41

Table top construction and how to PDF

I was searching for picnic table plans and didn't like anything I was seeing until I found this. It is just what I was looking for, only better than I could have ever envisioned. I hope to build this soon.

In step 5 it is recommended to put the table top together first with pocket hole fastening but it is also recommended to leave a gap between the boards for outdoor use. Is there a way to do that with the pocket hole fastening method or should I use another method to put the table top together? I thought of screwing wood strips across the boards to hold them together (with spacers between the boards) just outside of where the legs fasten similar to the ones added in step 6. Any suggestions?

Also for those who want to write a PDF file I have a method I have used for years. Search for, download and install the free program called CutePDF. Then whenever you want to save to PDF just select the print friendly version of the project if available and select print. When you get the printer dialog select CutePDF as your printer and you will be asked where to save and then you can save the page or pages as a PDF.

posted by Russell Dominique (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-08 15:16
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Plans versus picture

Has anyone noticed the table braces are reversed in the picture versus the plan? This drove me nuts for a few minutes. This is my second prividence table and I love it. Also, I think the price is more like $150.00 not the $100.00 . This could be the location

posted by PA PA B | on Mon, 2012-06-11 20:48

Detailed info I found the

Detailed info I found the hardest job was also the job I enjoyed the most. Mortgage banking has very specific requirements, mathematical perfection and an analytical mind....

posted by tisein (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-25 20:50

Question on Table top

Hi, Ana you are amazing and I love your site and thank you so much for offering so much to us. I have a silly question for this project. How is the table top 2x6s @ 92 inches attached to eachother to form the top. Thanks for any help on this.

posted by VH2012 (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-12-29 20:38
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Wood

maybe I missed it but what type of wood do you use on this? I am new to this but trying a few of these out. Want to make sure I use the right wood.

posted by BigSarg | on Mon, 2014-02-17 16:11

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