Fancy X Farmhouse Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:19
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Build the Fancy X Farmhouse Table from 2x4s and lumber for $65.  A reader favorite, this table has been built thousands of times.  

We also have plans for a matching bench and lots more farmhouse furniture plans.

dark wood stained farmhouse table with X legs and cross bracing
side view of farmhouse table with cross bracing



Whitney from Shanty2Chic and I teamed up to help you get that designer look without the price tag! 



Whitney has a family of seven, and wanted to build a sturdy and strong farmhouse table with a little bit of fancy to it to dine on outdoors this summer.

This is my very favorite build yet! I have been in serious need for an outdoor table to seat my family of 7. When we stumbled upon a beautiful, long farmhouse table from Anthropologie, I knew it was love at first sight. Everything was perfect about it... Except that $2,000 price tag... Ouch. That hurts to even write. But... I knew who to call to help me make my own at a very small fraction of that cost! This baby only cost me $65!

Head over to visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic to get all the details, lots more photos, and a peek at her construction process!


Thanks Whitney!!!


dimensions diagram of farmhouse table with X bracing
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

4 – 2x10 @ 8 feet long

7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long

1 – 1x4 @ 12 feet long

3” self tapping wood screws 

2 ½” pocket hole screws

2” finish nails

Cut List


  • 8 – 2x4 @ 11 3/8” (ends cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement, NOT parallel)
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 20”
  • 4 – 1x4 @ 28 3/8” **
  • 8 – 2x4 @ 32 5/8” CUT TO FIT **
  • 4 – 1x4 @ 3 ½”



2 – 2x4 @ 65”

2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” (both ends cut parallel at 45 degrees off square)

4 – 2x10 @ 96”


** For 45 degree cut tops and bottoms (easier) on the legs top and bottom (see steps 3-5 and step 10), replace these cuts with:

4 - 2x4 @ 31" (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square NOT parallel long point measurement)

4 - 2x4 @ 34" (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square NOT parallel long point measurement)

General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Build four of these. I’d simply countersink screws from the backs into the ends of the cross braces using 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws

Step 2

Then just attach two of the leg pieces together with glue and 2” finish nails from each side

Step 3

And add the top/bottom. You can use 2” screws or nails here and glue.

Step 4

And then add the curved pieces. The ends may be a challenge – what I do is first cut a 2x4 32 5/8” long with both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends not parallel. Then make a second cut at 45 (or more if your saw cuts higher degree bevels) degrees off square and cut that same board 28 3/8”  short point to short point. 

Step 5

Repeat for the next layer of 2xs to build up your leg ends

Step 6

Followed by the little feet ...

Step 7

I'd recommend 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws here ... hide on top and bottom edges

Step 8

The easiest way to attach cross braces is with pocket holes.  But you will have to fill later with wood filler.

An alternative is to glue and screw through the cross brace into the top and bottom 2x4s with longer screws.

Step 9

And finally the top! I recommend building the tabletop first with pocket holes and then attaching.

If you are using the table outdoors, leave a little space between the boards for water drainage.

Step 10

And for the alternate ends like Whitney did - just use 45 degrees off square cuts.

Step 11

For more photos and construction details, please stop over and visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.



Sun, 08/23/2015 - 21:38

So how did you connect the cross bracing on pgs 13 and 14 of the plan set? (Steps 7 and 8)

I'll assume the PH (most likely the 2 1/2") screws went in from the top and the bottom of the horizintal braces, but what did you use to secure the diagonal vraces to the horizontal braces.




Sun, 09/06/2015 - 16:49

I think I might be reading something wrong, but I can get the angles in step 4 to add up. A 45 degree cut to make the 28 3/8 short to short entirely cuts off the 30 degree cut for the 32 5/8 long to long side.
Am I missing something?


Fri, 09/11/2015 - 15:11

Does anyone have a recommendation on how to attach the table top? To eliminate gaps, would it be a good idea to attach the 4 2x10's together first, then attach the whole tabletop to the legs? Any thoughts?


Tue, 09/15/2015 - 06:13

After arranging the 2x10 boards on the garage floor to minimize gaps (e.g. trying to match up the board warps between them), I reduced gaps even more by hand planing the edges - ended up with just a few minor gaps (1/32") but nothing too bad.  I then clamped 2 of the 2x10's together while standing on top of them to get them even, then attached them with 2 1/2" PH (Kreg) screws - I got the idea from this guy's YouTube vid:

Repeated with the other 2 2x10's.  I didn't have a 37" clamp (I had 36"!) so ended up using ratcheting tie-downs to cinch the whole tabletop together.  It ended up quite flat and with almost zero gaps.  I figured it's best to the get the tabletop flat and gap-free since that is what is visible.  If necessary, plane/sand down the leg tops to minimze gaps between the tabletop at legs.


Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:31

I thought one table was childs play, so I built 8... in 56 hours.

"Nver Half Ass Two Things, Whole Ass Eight"

-Ron Swanson


Sat, 01/02/2016 - 07:51

I need to shorten this table a bit to fit my room better - maybe like by 4-6 inches off the length. An obvious fix for the tabletop BUT How does that change the length of the supports (or anything else for that matter) underneath? We are newbies to all this. 


Thu, 01/07/2016 - 07:40

So sorry if i missed this information somewhere, what exact color finish did you use? Is it a stain or paint? Absolutely in love and my husband is making this for me this weekend!! AHHHHHH cant wait 


Thu, 01/07/2016 - 07:40

So sorry if i missed this information somewhere, what exact color finish did you use? Is it a stain or paint? Absolutely in love and my husband is making this for me this weekend!! AHHHHHH cant wait