Jen and Ben

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table - under $140

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table - under $140

Hey guys! We've been in our new home for 2 months now and one thing every farmhouse needs is a farmhouse table! The only problem is that these tables are over $1000 in stores. So we decided to build one for under $140 (much more in our budget). 

Here is the Materials and Cuts List that we used to make a 6ft table that can seat 6-8 people. We got pretty much everything at our local hardware store.

M a t e r i a l s + C u t s  (All materials were bought at HOME DEPOT)

WOOD (DOUGLAS FUR):

2 - 4x4's @ 35" 

4 -  4x4 @ 25 and 3/8" (both ends cut at 10 degrees off square long point to short point)

2 - 4x4 @ 28 1/4" (Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square long point to long point. Ends are NOT parallel. 

2 - 4x4 @ 58" 

2 - 2x4 @ 58"

4 - 2x10 @ 54"

2 - 2x10 @ approx. 37" (cut bread boards to length on ends)

SCREWS

 2 1/2 " Pocket hole screws

OTHERS:

- Miniwax Special Walnut  

- Clear Satin Polyurethane 

T o o l s

- Miter Saw

- Drill

- Kreg HD 

- Sander (with 120 Grit Sand Paper)

 

We started by cutting the different 4x4's for the legs and the base. Above is a photo of how the legs should come together before you secure them.  **** Note: For the 25 3/8 " piece, ours came out to be about 2" above the ground. 

We started by cutting the different 4x4's for the legs and the base. Above is a photo of how the legs should come together before you secure them. 

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Note: For the 25 3/8 " piece, ours came out to be about 2" above the ground. 

We used a kreg tool, pocket hole screws and glue to attach the 4x4's

We used a kreg tool, pocket hole screws and glue to attach the 4x4's

Here's a photo with both legs of the table once we attached them.

Here's a photo with both legs of the table once we attached them.

Next we attached the top centre 4x4 to connect both the legs. In this picture we have legs flipped upside down using the floor to keep everything level. 

Next we attached the top centre 4x4 to connect both the legs. In this picture we have legs flipped upside down using the floor to keep everything level. 

While the legs are still flipped over, we attached the outside 2x4's Note: We are attaching the top of the table ** 

While the legs are still flipped over, we attached the outside 2x4's Note: We are attaching the top of the table ** 

Once the top 2x4's are attached, we flipped the table over and attached the bottom 4x4

Once the top 2x4's are attached, we flipped the table over and attached the bottom 4x4

Next we worked on the table top. After we cut the 2x10's we laid them on the floor to get a level surface and attached them with glue and pocket hole screws. 

Next we worked on the table top. After we cut the 2x10's we laid them on the floor to get a level surface and attached them with glue and pocket hole screws. 

We also attached the ends of the able top with 2 x10's. While the glue dried, we found a creative way to hold the 2x10's together. We used our tied down hatchets. 

We also attached the ends of the able top with 2 x10's. While the glue dried, we found a creative way to hold the 2x10's together. We used our tied down hatchets. 

        BEFORE STAINING THE TABLE TOP WE "BEAT IT UP" WITH RANDOM TOOLS (hammer, etc.) TO GET THAT RUSTIC LOOK. THEN WE SANDED ALL THE ENTIRE TABLE THOROUGHLY USING A POWER SANDER.   

We decided to go with the Special Walnut Stain from Home depot. 

We decided to go with the Special Walnut Stain from Home depot. 

Heres the brush and wipe technique we used for the stain: We brushed on some stain and wiped it/spread it around right away.  Note: We put one solid coat on the entire table and let it dry for around 8hours (should say on the stain how long it needs)

Heres the brush and wipe technique we used for the stain: We brushed on some stain and wiped it/spread it around right away. 

Note: We put one solid coat on the entire table and let it dry for around 8hours (should say on the stain how long it needs)

After it all dried, we put one coat of Polyurethane to seal it. 

After it all dried, we put one coat of Polyurethane to seal it. 

Lastly, we used this paste finishing wax only on the table top. 

Lastly, we used this paste finishing wax only on the table top. 

With the table, being as heavy as it is, we moved the base first to our kitchen, and then put our table top on. We used 4 screws to secure the top (two on each end). We recommend more screws to secure it if your moving it around a lot. 

With the table, being as heavy as it is, we moved the base first to our kitchen, and then put our table top on. We used 4 screws to secure the top (two on each end). We recommend more screws to secure it if your moving it around a lot. 

And thats it! We hope you enjoyed the journey! Would love to hear your comments or questions below. Happy building!

And thats it! We hope you enjoyed the journey!

Would love to hear your comments or questions below. Happy building!

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