Fancy Pancy Project Farmtable

With Spring Break here (I'm a teacher), I decided to conquer my biggest conquest yet: building furniture . I'll admit, it was a whim. On a whim, I began and on a wing and a prayer, I finished. I took my time, measured twice and twice again and cut once. Nailed and screwed until my fingers were numb. I cringed all the way, waiting for a roadblock. Waiting for something that wouldn't fit to something else or for a slight breeze to blow the whole thing over. It didn't. Everything fit. Everything's stable. My husband jumped in to help me the second day because I needed another pair of hands to help with the drilling. All along the way, we used our own terms that would make professional craftsmen laugh. We measured counting "tick marks" off the inch. Shall I demonstrate? Me: "This end is 1,2,3,4,5,6 tick marks off 2 inches." Hubs: "Ok, let me measure my is 1,2,3 tick marks before 2. We need to move it my way some". It was laughable and highly unprofessional BUT it worked!! For anyone wondering, I plan to study up on my 3/8" and 5/8" to know exactly how to read those tick marks. At least I know it's called a tape measure. All that to say, it is a my masterpiece and I have never been so proud in my life. I feel like such an overachiever! Behold, my fancy pancy farmhouse table.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Whitewood Pine
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 03/31/2013 - 20:48

This is Awesome, I plan on making this in the next few weeks , myself. It looks so professional. I love that you used the ticks, I too am a do it myselfer and I do all those un professional terms. Who really cares what you call it, as long as it is square ( I learned that term, meaning it needs to fit correctly or you will have a lop sided table.) :) Thanks for the confidence that i need to conquer this one.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 05:18

For a first project you did great. I can just hear it now. Here is you very soon: "Honey I am going shopping. I think I will just browse around Big Orange for a while." You'll be coming home from all the wonderful sales with clamps, jigs, saws, blades, and drills showing off how much you saved. DIY is an addiction. By the way I have my own terms also but they cannot be repeated in polite company. On another note I asked the 11-year old girl what the first word is in a carpenters dictionary? Her answer "OUCH."


Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:34

I have the same problem with measurements. The secret I have found is getting a tape measure with the breakdown already on it. It has been a lifesaver for me. Good luck! 

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