DIY Farmhouse dining table under $300
The final product from all of our hard work is now in.
We’ve all had that one project that our wives really push us to get done. For me, it was a huge DIY farmhouse dining table. This is something she’s wanted for years but we have never actually had space in our dining room for one. You see, she loves having people over, a lot of people! Well, we moved into a new house and finally had space. She let me know right away when we first saw the house the dining room was big enough for her dream table. Here are my plans for the farmhouse dining table I built for her.
I did some research and decided what types of wood, how much and where to get it. After looking at all the local stores first (I’m a huge supporter of local small businesses.) it turned out that Home Depot had the cheapest construction lumber. I chose this type because it already has an aged rough look to it. Below you will find the wood sizes I bought and the tools I used for this project.
The tools I used for this are the pretty normal tools for any woodworking job, with the exception of a few. To list them all, I used a drill (with Philips and drill bit), square sander, belt sander, chisels, Kreg pocket hole jig and pocket hole screws and a skill saw. I ended up going to buy some pipe clamps for the install of the breadboard ends.
Now that my wood was cut, I assembled the base first. After a little trial and error, I decided that using a mortise would be better for the leg braces then Kreg screws. I measured up the 4×4’s, used my skill saw to cut some notches in the legs and at the ends of the bracers and finished it off with a chisel and hammer. After repeating this process with the runner and the braces I assembled the legs. For this I used 3-inch screws to hold the braces and runner in place and added the end skirts to the top of the legs so that it would square up.
After the legs and bracers were screwed into place I added in the side skirts and the bracers for the table top. These take pressure off of the table top and prevents it from bending in. I used Kreg screws to hold the skirting into place, and 4-inch screws to hold the top bracers into place on the skirting.
Now for the main event, the table top. This was a mini project all on its own. I ended up using a level to make sure my ends were nice and flush. We had to put the table top in the driveway so that it was on an even surface to screw it together. I flipped the boards around and basically played tetras around the 2×6 to see what looked best with the wood grains. I got input from the wife since, after all, it was for her. After trying some wood putty for the Kreg holes I thought against it. I drilled out the putty and sanded it off then inserted pocket hole plugs. With a nice sanding on them, they evened up quite well.
Now for the fun part.
After the base and top are put together it’s now time to paint and stain them. I didn’t want the painted base to get scratched up on the way in we decided to paint it inside on some plastic sheeting.
(After we moved the first table around a bit, I decided to cut some 45-degree pieces of 2×4 with some extra we had to stabilize the wobble it had. That’s why we’re using 4×4’s for everything on table #2.)
We decided on a color scheme that worked best for us and our house and went with a classic grey stained top and a white base. You may feel you’re big and strong, you may need to get a buddy to help you carry the top into the house since it gets pretty heavy. To finish it up I used Kreg screws to hold the top onto the bracers and skirting.
At the end of the day, the table came out beautifully. And as the saying goes, happy wife happy life. If you like this project feel free to share it with your friends and check out some of our other DIY projects HERE.