Free plans to make a farmhouse table with just a drill, saw and countersink bit! No pocket holes required! Step by step plans from ana-white.com
6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (cut longest boards first to conserve lumber)
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
5 - 2x8 @ 6 feet long
2 1/2" exterior screws (Can use interior screws for interior projects)
Exterior Wood Glue (again, can use interior wood glue for interior use)
2 1/2" pocket hole screws are optional if you have a pocket hole jig
2" or longer finish nails (galvanized for exterior) would be great as well
4 - 2x4 @ 24 1/4" (End Stretchers)
8 - 2x4 @ 28 1/2" (Legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 30 1/4" (End Aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 69" (Side Aprons)
7 - 2x2 @ 30 1/4" (Tabletop Supports)
5 - 2x8 @ 72" (Tabletop Boards)
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!
Start by attaching the shortest 2x4s together. This is where the nailer would come in handy because nails are so tiny and difficult to see/easy to hide. But you can use screws to - just hide on the insides.
Now attach with screws and glue to the first set of legs.
Then attach the second set of legs to the outsides.
Attach short aprons on top on the outsides of the legs sets.
NOTE: Pocket hole users will want to drill 1 1/2" pocket holes facing upward on insides of aprons to attach tabletop in later steps.
Next, Add the 2x2 under tabletop supports. These will help you place the tabletop boards really close together.
NOTE: If you have a pocket hole jig, you can just build your tabletop as one piece, and then attach to aprons.
Lay the boards down, and the tabletop on top. Start at the middle and work your way outward, minimizing gaps between the boards as you screw down from underside.
For exterior use, consider a 1/4" gap between boards for water drainage.
You may also wish to attach from top into end aprons in pattern.
Add hardware to base - check out the Happier Homemaker for more details on how they did that.
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.