Rustic Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 19:52
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A beautiful, easy to build table that features a 1x top simple legs. This table is designed to look like something one might find and treasure. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos with us.

96" x 36" x 30" high (approximate)


Shopping List

4 – 2x2s, 8′ Long 4 – 1×4, 8′ Long 4 – 1×10, 8′ Long 1 – 2×4, stud length or 8′ length 2″ screws 1 1/4″ screws wood glue wood filler sand paper

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×4 @ 90 1/2″ (Side Aprons) 2 – 1×4 @ 36″ (End Aprons) 8 – 2×2 @ 34 1/2″ (Under Tabletop Supports) 4 – 1×10 @ 96″ (Tabletop Pieces) 2 – 1×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs) 2 – 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs) 4 – 2×2 @ 12″, ends mitered at 45 degrees (cross supports)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Predrill and countersink your screw holes. Keep outside edges flush. Take a square after each step. Work on a clean level surface and use necessary safety precautions.


Step 1

Table Top Supports and Apron. Build the tabletop supports and aprons as shown above. The supports are spaced 10″ apart. Use 2″ screws and glue, countersinking the screws.

Step 2

Tabletop Pieces. Take a square of the tabletop. Then find the centers of the tabletop supports and the end aprons and mark. Line up the center tabletop pieces with these marks and fasten through the bottom using 2″ screws and glue. Minimize the gap between the tabletop boards as you go.

Step 3

Tabletop Screw Hole Patterns. Mark out the screw holes on the tops of the table as shown above. Then predrill and screw the tabletop pieces to the end aprons. Make sure the table is square prior to doing this. Use the 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Legs. Fasten the legs to the aprons, as shown above. Do not use glue if you would like the legs removable.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with wood filler. Sand, distress, and finish as desired. Then send Ana your brag photos!</p>


Shannon Lambert (not verified)

Wed, 03/17/2010 - 20:19

Sounds like a great magazine. Wonder if we have them here in Canada. Will keep an eye out.

Also, I find it funny that there is always a new post from you when I check my blog feed at the end of the night. Thanks for staying up late to get these posted.

Karyn @ Candar… (not verified)

Wed, 03/17/2010 - 20:28

o.k. I was about to leave without leaving a comment, and scrolled back up the page... Your image you made... That is a stone floor! And your chairs have perfect fabric, AND there is shadow! Ana, YOU ROCK!!!

hockamama (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 00:42

thanks for yet another set of fantastic plans! my hubs and I (mostly the hubs) are in the gathering stage of making the farmhouse table, gleaning old barn wood from a friend. I can't wait to actually have it in my house!

p.s. I love, love, LOVE the black and white parsons chairs in your first photo! I would like to try my hand at parsons chairs one of these days...

Ana, I know I'm just one of MANY, but I can't tell you enough how much I adore your blog, and you. thank you for all you do for us!

TracyD (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 01:16

I see that someone has already stated that HD and L's carries 2x3's...and I have found that to be true also :)

Jeannine (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 02:29

I got a copy of this magazine a couple months ago for a long plane flight - it very much reminds of you!!!

I love the new table design I want to make a big long narrow table this summer for our lake house to keep outside. Would you use pressure treated if you were going to leave it outside?

Menards also carries 2x3', just bought some to use as supports for a desk we are making.

Keep up the good "fight" and the good work.

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 03:21

Thanks! I just found you last week and have been obsessed ever since! I sold my table yesterday on Craigslist! Now I have to decide which of yours I am going to replace it with!!! Thank you!

Melodie (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 03:50

This is *exactly* the table plan I drew up for myself last week. I hope to tackle it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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