need help: Modern Farm Table & Square farmhouse table

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need help: Modern Farm Table & Square farmhouse table
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I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I posted in the actual project's comments area, but no one is responding so I don't think it gets seen...and I'm ready to make my table!

I'm as beginner as they get as is my husband. We've been attempting to build the Modern Farm Table. Those instructions tell me to use the SQUARE Modern Farmhouse Table to build the table-top first with the kreg jig (I bought the kreg jig jr). I've struggled as I really need things spelled out for me.
Here are my questions so far:
I've been confused going between the 2 instructions. Modern Farm Table materials list had me buy 2-1/2" screws, but Sq. Mod table uses 2, 2-1/2, & 3" screws. Can I just stick with the 2-1/2" screws?
Any idea how many screws I will need for a project like this? I only bought a small amount and now realize I need much more.

When using the Kreg Jig Jr to join my 2x6 table top pieces many screws should I use...& about how far apart? I have the Kreg's adjustable sides as far as they adjust (1-1/2")...will 2-1/2" screws be good?

And last question is about attaching the aprons to the table top. Is that also done with the Kreg Jig Jr from the under-inside of the table (bottom of the table top pieces into the aprons)? I'm having a hard time figuring this part out and have this image in my head of about 24 visible screws drilled in from the outside of the apron into the table top pieces, which is how I understand it from Step 5 in the Modern Farm Table instructions. That doesn't seem like it would look normal though, so I'm sure I'm confused.

Which screws should be "visible" from the outside of the table?...Maybe just the 4 screws in each leg?

We did make a bench first...and it's a lovely first project with all sorts of noticeable mistakes & lessons learned, but still happy with it!

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Joined: 2013-01-09 10:30
You should be fine with using

You should be fine with using 2.5 inch screws.

As far as the number you need to attach the 2 x 6's...maybe one every 12 inches or so. Not nearly as many as you would think.

You attach to the apron on the inside so there are no visible screws. So, place the Kreg on the inside of the table.

I recently built a farm table. Not modern and without a Kreg, so different. Sometimes just seeing how a table goes together helps?!

If you have any other questions please feel free to email me! I build tables on a weekly basis, so can answer most questions!