My first building project ever. Thanks Ana!

Submitted by amberhibbs on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:01

I made this table using Ana's design for the Farmhouse Table and the original from Restoration Hardware. I put the stretcher supports back on the outside and added the extensions.

I also switched out the 2x6 top for 2x8s and attached them all from the bottom; I didn't want to deal with concealing screws on the table surface. The switch meant the boards on the sides are attached only on the innermost 3 inches. I drilled up through the 2x4 aprons and used 3 1/2 inch screws every six inches to make sure they were secure.

It's enormous and seats 12 if needed.

Estimated Cost
$160 using free recycled stain and a ton of screws
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
I used pine for the legs and #2 douglas fir boards for the top because they're cheaper and have more character than #1 boards
Finish Used
I sanded it until I was pretty sure the risk of splinters was eliminated, but it was far from perfectly smooth. After pre-stain conditioner, it got a coat of Minwax Red Chestnut. The result was a little too red so my mom saved the day with a coat of Minwax Provincial and sealed it with wax. It's a tough finish and I'm not taking any special care of it. The goal is for it to look like it's really old, not pristine, so I make a point of not using place mats or protecting the surface.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner