Beginner Farm Table (2 Tools + $50 Lumber)

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 00:16
Starter Projects
| Print this plan

The easiest rustic dining table that you can build!  Perfect beginner farm table plans by

I have been a long time user and fan of Rustoleum products.  This post is sponsored by Rustoleum by all opinions expressed are my own.

UPDATE: Bench plans have been posted here.

UPDATE 2: We added a tinted poly coat to the table and it now looks like this!


I've been wanting to get the beginner crowd a VERY simple, inexpensive farm table plan for years now.  Just because you aren't an expert woodworker with a zillion tools doesn't mean you can't still start somewhere, right?

Well, I finally got my chance!

We are moving into the new house, but with so many, many functional projects to tackle (like closets and pantry cabinets), a beautiful dining table is way down on the priority list.  But still, I insisited we need a dining table to move in.  Once you give in to the kids eating on the couch, you're done ... or at the very least have to be the bad guy and retrain the family.  

So I gave myself three criteria for a new somewhat temporary dining table -

  • Must cost less than $50 in lumber
  • Must be done in an afternoon
  • Can only use 2 tools - a drill and a saw (since most beginners don't have a Kreg Jig yet - and I do stress yet) 

This is what I came up with -

And here's how it went down -

I purchased 6 - 2x4s and 6 - 2x6s in stud length.

The 2x6s are for the tabletop boards, and since they are all precut exactly the same at stud length, I set them aside - no cutting required.  My table will be 92-5/8" (standard stud length) long.

There's only 12 cuts on the entire table, and it's all the 2x4s.

I used a compound miter saw.  You can use a circular saw or jigsaw, but do make sure your cuts are very good and straight.

Cutting done, time to build!

For attaching, I'm using 2-3/4" self tapping screws.  You'll need about 100.  Bonus - these are exterior screws, so I could use my table outdoors too.

Alrighty ... let's build already!

I used scrap pieces of 1x boards to elevate the horizontal boards on the legs.  Then I just screwed from the outside.

Two leg sets done!

Then I flipped everything over and added the side aprons.  One trick is I will screw at an angle (kinda like a pocket hole screw) in opposite directions, so if the table is wobbled at all, the screws dig in from opposite directions. 

Then I flipped everything back over and checked for square.

Way out - like over an inch.

So I pushed the two shorter diagonal corners together until the two diagonals matched.

Then I added the bottom stretcher.  The ends overhang 3/4" - be careful that your legs are square when you add the stretcher.

The middle support piece keeps the aprons from spreading, and also give you something to attach the tabletop boards too.

Now for the top - I like to start in the middle and work outward.  So I find the middle on both ends,

And then I attached the 2x6 studs to the top with screws.  I am careful about screw placement so it looks good in the end.

NOTE: Since we aren't joining tabletop boards together edge to edge, there may be a small gap between boards.  You can fill with silicone after final finish, or use a Kreg Jig to build your tabletop first, then attach.

I was going for a rustic real wood look, but decided to sand to take splinters and rough patches out.  I started with an 80 grit and finished with a 120 grit.

Table is ready for a finish!

I love Watco Danish Oil because it is a beautiful, durable finish that is easy to apply - so much I wrote an entire post about it!  

Danish Oil is a color and finish in one, so all you need is one coat!  You can go back and further seal the table (or just the tabletop) if you so desire.

Gotta say, I do love how this one turned out!

You can also watch the video tutorial here -

If you likey, do let me know, and I'll get you those bench plans too! UPDATE: Bench plans have been posted here.

The plans follow, if you do build, please share, it's a great joy seeing your projects too.

Have a good one!



Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or 8 foot stud length

6 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or 8 foot stud length

About 100 2-3/4" self tapping wood screw

Wood glue

Clear Silicone or Dark Brown (depending on your finish)

Watco Danish Oil 

Color matched wood filler (for filling screw holes after wood staining is dry)

Cut List

8 - 2x4 @ 28-1/2" - end leg sets

2 - 2x4 @ 75-1/2" - side aprons

1 - 2x4 @ 80" - bottom stretcher

1 - 2x4 @ 25-1/2" (middle support)

6 - 2x6 @ 92-5/8" (tabletop boards)


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw


Step 1

Build two of the leg sets with 2x4 boards cut to 28-1/2" long

Step 2

Will leg sets upside down, on a flat level surface (be careful on garage floors as they usually slope) attach aprons to leg sets.

Step 3

Flip over and adjust for square.  Then attach bottom stretcher with equal overhangs on ends of 3/4".

Step 4

Add center support.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach next boards as close as you can to first boards.

Step 7

Repeat for final boards.

NOTE: I also angle screwed from underneath on inside of apron into the underside of the end tabletop boards for extra support.



Thu, 08/15/2019 - 04:46

This was a fun project to do with family. Had a lot of the equipment to do the work just needed the wood. It was a weekend project that expanded to 4 days. Overall very pleased with the table. 


Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:49



I want to attempt to make this table for our first home . The design and instructions are great but I was wondering if you could explain what squaring off means? I'm a bit confused by this stage.

" So I pushed the two shorter diagonal corners together until the two diagonals matched."


How do you push the corners together? Do you need to cut the wood shorter? Or do you push them and brace it whilst someone is holding it? Sorry if this is a noob question.





Thu, 09/26/2019 - 07:17

Thanks so much for this plan. My fiance and I are both 6'2", and her father is 6'7" and we all have trouble with low tables - so I added 10 inches to the leg length. This turned out to be the table I always wanted. Was a little wobbly front to back at first so I added corner braced ($5 for 4 of them at Home depot), and now it's sturdy as a tree.

This was my first woodworking project ever and turned out well.

I'd say to people who are new, DON'T RUSH THE SANDING! That's what makes or breaks the finish.



Mon, 04/20/2020 - 04:54

How would a Kreg jig be used on this table? I'm thinking of making one (though wider and longer), and if I'm in for a penny, I'm in for a pound. Investing in good tools always pays off down the line.


Sat, 05/09/2020 - 22:31

Hi, Ana! Long time troll, but I finally decided to make an account and add some projects since my husband usually has all the carpentry fun. I'd love to make this plan for our new space, but I don't want to get all involved for something "somewhat temporary", as you put it in your post. :) What do you mean by that? I have a 6 year old and 11 year old who are...well let's just say, "This is why we can't have nice things," in our house! Will it stand up to some pretty aggressive use for the childhood years? Thanks for a great site. I always love browsing!