Build this DIY farmhouse table for less than $100 and wow your friends and family. You’ll be hosting all of the family’s parties from here on out!
I am so excited to share my latest woodworking project with you! I finally made a DIY farmhouse table, and I love it. While there are a few things I would change if I could go back, I still am pretty proud of my accomplishment (and super excited to finally have a large table for my dining room)!
Enter Ana White. (Love her and her site!!) I had seen these plans on Ana-White.com in the past for her original DIY table, but it seemed like a ton of work. And then just last month she came out with new plans, much easier, using a Kreg Jig.
Tools Needed to Build a DIY Farmhouse Table
- Kreg Jig
- Circular saw
- Miter saw (optional, but I love mine for easily getting straight cuts!)
- Orbital sheet sander
- Drill bit set
- Tape measure
- Speed square
- Safety glasses
I’ve been wanting a Kreg Jig for a while now, but didn’t want to make the $100 investment if I wasn’t going to use it. I told Coach about the table and the tool, and what it would cost, and he said “go for it”!
Side note: if you do any building whatsoever, buy this tool. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome the Kreg Jig is! It’s so easy to use, and made building this table a breeze. Almost every one of Ana’s plans uses a Kreg Jig, so if it calls for it, buy it. You will love it – I promise!
Supplies Needed to Build a DIY Farmhouse Table
You’ll find all of the supplies needed for Ana’s new Farmhouse Table (pocket-hole) plan HERE. I switched up a couple of things, so I’ll share my supply list below. But you can use her supply list, if you want a smaller table than mine.
If I had to do it all over again, I think I would have done a smaller table, but my big table works just fine and is perfect for a large crowd! It just takes up a whole lot of space when not in use. 🙂
- 4 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long (aprons and stretcher board)
- 1 – 4×4 @ 10 feet long (I used a treated 4×4 post, which kept the stain from adhering to the legs, but I don’t mind the color. Evidently it’s impossible to get an untreated 4×4 post.)
- 4 – 2×8 @ 8 feet long (These are the top table boards. Ana’s tutorial uses 6 foot boards, but I extended my table by 11 inches, so I used 8 foot boards.)
- 1 – 2×8 @ 8 feet long (breadboard ends)
- 1 – 2×12 @ 8 feet long (This is the middle board on the table top. Again, I used an 8-foot board instead of a 6-foot board because I extended the length by 11 inches. I also used a 2×12 instead of a 2×10 because I widened my table by 2 inches.)
- 3 inch wood screws
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
It was actually quite easy to build and took me about a week of nap times to construct. I adjusted a couple of things from Ana’s plans like I mentioned in the list: I lengthened the table by 11 inches and widened it by 2 inches.
I used a stain that is new to the market: Minwax Weathered Oak. (You can see in the above picture where there are places where I didn’t sand the wood in the direction of the wood grain. And so there is some streaking. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Lesson learned!)
I loved this stain in this picture below from The Friendly Home. This is actually why I chose the stain I did. Hillary, of The Friendly Home, talks all about using it on her table – and I loved it! When I went to put it on my table, it looked much more gray to me.
Of course, I know that nothing really looks the same in person as the picture. But I was surprised how different they looked. It’s OK, though. I still like mine, it’s just more gray than I thought it would be. Read all about how Hillary stained her farmhouse table HERE.
Note: Hillary was sweet enough to leave a comment on this post and explained that she didn’t stir her stain! She just shook it. Hence the less grayed look of her table. I love my table’s stain and have used Minwax’s Weathered Oak stain many times since building this table.
In the end, I’m so happy with my big, sturdy farmhouse table. I’ve already made it my desk in my dining room and I love it! I’ll clear it off later this month when we host Christmas dinner. But, when no one’s coming over, it’ll function as my large desk/table. I look forward to being able to spread out and even make crafts on it!
What do you think of my latest project? I surely do love it!
Get Instant Access to my Guide to Customize Your Home on a Budget
Grab your FREE guide for 10 Ways to Customize Your Home on a Budget: simple projects to transform your home from builder beige to a home with character and charm!