Aaaaand were done! Daniel and Adelle moved into their new place and took their newly finished modern farmhouse table and benches with them. Mind you as much as we will enjoy our garage space back, we will miss working with Daniel and Adelle on this project! It's different working with friends than a spouse, it's laid back and there (usually) isn't any swearing involved. Throw in a piña colada or two, and it's a party with work involved.
So without further adieu, here is the table!
It fits perfectly in their narrow condo, and the benches hide away completely when not in use, making this table able to function as stand in kitchen prep surface.
The deep stain color works great with their white walls and light floors.
The table also does a mean job of holding a glass of wine or two (we had to test the table out...come on!)
SPECS & PLANS:
The table is loosely based on the Ana White farmhouse table plans. (We changed size, removed the breadboard ends, and used dowels instead of screws for the table legs. ) For in depth instructions on how to assemble the table check out her plans here.
Lumber Buy List:
5 - 2x4 @ 8'
3 - 2x10 @ 8' (we used kiln dried pine from Downtown Lumber for the table top, it was worth the extra expense! If you cant find kiln dried pine, purchase spruce 2x12's from your local hardware store, and rip down to 9 1/2" wide removing the beveled edges while you're at it (they will be huge crumb catchers if you leave them)
1 - 4x4 @ 10' (if you cant find 4x4's in untreated spruce or pine, use cedar)
4 - 4x4 @ 29" (legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 78" (long aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 17 1/4" (short aprons)
1 - 2x4 @ 85" (stretcher)
2 - 2x4 @ 24 1/4" (stretcher supports)
3 - 2x10 @ 96" (table top pieces)
Cut all lumber to length.
With Kreg Jig set to 1 1/2" material, drill one pocket hole every 8" or so on one side of two of the table top pieces (the outside tabletop boards). Then attach the outside table top pieces to the center table top board with wood glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. (see our post on building the table top here.)
Drill Kreg Pocket holes on top and sides of all apron pieces. Make 2 holes on the ends, and a hole about every 8" on the tops.
Notch out legs for the stretcher supports. Make notches 3 1/2" high by 1 1/2" deep positioned 6" up from the bottom of the leg, and 19 1/2" down from the top of the leg.
Notch out stretcher supports. Make one notch in the center of each stretcher support. Make notch 3 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep.
Assemble legs by attaching short aprons to legs (inset by 3/4") then set stretcher support into leg notches, and attach with screws or dowels (see how we did the dowels here).
Attach long aprons to legs, with pocket screws.
Flip tabletop upside down, center legs upside down on the table bottom, and attach legs to table top with pocket hole screws.
Attach stretcher to stretcher supports with screws or dowel.
Sand, stain & finish as desired.
(for TWO benches, halve the amounts if you're only making one)
Lumber Buy List:
7 - 2x4 @ 8'
2 - 2x12 @ 8' (7' if possible)
8 - 2x4 @ 16 3/4" (legs)
2 - 2x4* @ 61" (aprons) *= we ripped a 2x4 down to 2" wide. You can also buy 2x3's instead of 2x4's
2 - 2x4* @ 6" (short aprons) **= we ripped a 2x4 down to 2" wide. You can also buy 2x3's instead of 2x4's
2 - 2x4 @ 61" (stretchers)
4 - 2x4 @ 6" (stretcher supports)
2 - 2x12 @ 77" (bench tops)
Cut all lumber to size.
Drill pocket holes on apron pieces (Kreg set for 1 1/2" thick material). Two holes on each end, and about every 8" on the top. Drill two pocket holes on top of small aprons. Drill two pocket holes on each end of stretcher supports. Drill two pocket holes on each end of stretchers.
Attach stretcher supports to legs 3 1/2" up from the bottom with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Attach long aprons to legs with pocket hole screws.
Flip bench top upside down, and attach legs (also upside down) to bench using the apron pocket holes and pocket screws. Attach side aprons to bench top. Attach stretcher to stretcher supports.
Repeat for second bench.
Sand, stain and finish as desired.
SOURCE LIST: (one table + two benches)
Lumber (see above)
Minwax oil based stain in Jacobean
Minwax wood conditioner
Polyurethane - Minwax Oil Modified in Satin
200 2 1/2" Kreg pocket hole screws (Lee Valley)
Foam brushes (Dollarama)
Sandpaper (150, 220 and 320)
Kreg Screws - Lee Valley & Home Depot
Table saw *not necessary, you can get material ripped to size at the lumber yard
Palm & orbital sanders
Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):
Total Cost: $400 (Lumber $320, Screws $20, Finishing materials $60)
Time frame: Two weekends (one to build, one to finish)