Farmhouse Table and Bench

Submitted by ehays216 on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 21:16

I love this table! The hardest part for me was getting the breadboards straight because the table planks were originally kind of concave as a whole. In the end it came out fine though after redoing some of the screws connecting the planks.

I love the look of the notches where the stretcher and stretcher supports fit in, but carving them out with my miter saw was pretty tedious and involved a LOT of sawdsust!

Bench Plans
I couldn't find matching bench plans so i made my own. I used two 2x4s and one 2x6 for the bench top, and 2x4s for the breadboard ends. 4x4's for the legs and 1x3's for the aprons and "stretcher supports," even though I didn't do a stretcher. In case anyone wants dimensions:
- bench top planks 58" long
- bench top with breadboards 65 1/8" long (mine was 12 5/8" wide, but definitely cut breadboards to fit as with the table)
- legs 16 1/2" long
-aprons 56" long
-"stretcher supports" 10 1/2" long

Thank you Ana!

Estimated Cost
$200
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
a coat of black tea +a coat of dissolved steel wool/ vinegar mixture + a cost of Vermont Natural polywhey in satin
Tutorial by Hillary from The Friendly Home: http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-oxidize-wood.html?m=1

I've used this finish for everything I've built so far... It never comes out looking exactly the same, but so far, I've loved every result!
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner