The Farmhouse Table

by Emily Steers on 05/11/2011

To say that we’re busybodies is an understatement.  I think that our neighbors really hate us– Saturday and Sunday, at the strike of 10 (so we don’t break any noise pollution laws), we start hammering and sawing away while out on our patio.

I woke up one Saturday, and asked, “What do you want to do today?”

I was thinking, “Bake some cookies,” or “Paint the molding.”

Instead, we built a 200 pound table.

It’s a huge thrill, seeing a pile of lumber.

Do you remember when David and I fell in love with this table?

A bunch of commenters rightfully suggested that we could build our own.  And a few weekends ago, David took the initiative and built us a new farmhouse table!

The original table we saw was crazy expensive. There was no way we could rationalize spending that kind of cash on a piece of furniture.  So, we went to the hardware store and, in less than $200, got everything we needed to build and finish our own.

Using the general concept of this plan from Ana White, David loaded up on lumber from The Home Depot and got to work.

Most of the cuts we had done in-store.  We just made sure to show up with all of our dimensions in hand, and also showed up super early in the morning– so there wasn’t a huge line, and the staff at the store was all grouchypants yet.

The wood was really heavy, and there was a lot of lifting involved.  But truth be told, the table went together pretty easily, since we had someone else do the bulk of the cutting.

Two by fours and two by twos got screwed as supports into the two by six, that acted as the main legs.  We took the idea of a level patio for granted and built most of the table upside down, with a little bit of wiggling at the end to ensure it was level.

All of the aprons got screwed into place, along with additional support slats.

More two by sixes got laid on top to form the top of the table.  We added additional two by sixes to the legs for stronger support.

The wood we used was really rough and splintery.  I think we sanded for close to 10 hours to smooth it out!

Tomorrow: the finished product!

What’s the last thing that you built?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Judith May 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM

I was checking out project plans at Ana White’s yesterday and so thought I spotted y’all’s table! Sanding sucks but y’all did an amazing job. :)


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

thanks! i hope it will be with us for a long long time.


Gillian May 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM

So cool! I can’t wait to see it.


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

it’s puuuuurdy.


Tanya from Dans le Townhouse May 11, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Jeez Louise. Put us all to shame, why don’t you. The last thing Hubby & I truly built was my desk, but that was two cities ago. Recently, I made a sandwhich and before that roped my mom into sewing me some curtains. Mostly I fiddle with stuff: paint it, fix it, but build it? You have some serious skills.


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

it’s mostly how our frustration with the rest of the house manifests itself. we rent, so we can only do *so* much to the actual house.


Misty May 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Fantastic!!!!! Love it…


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

i can’t believe how pretty it is. bf and i sit around and just go, “wow, it looks much better than i expected…”


liz @ btb May 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM

YAY!!! I hoped y’all would make it. TEN HOURS OF SANDING??? Dayum! Can’t wait to see the finished product!!


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

i have no fingernails to speak of. but the thing is smoooooth.


Jen @ Lita's World May 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

so VERY COOL!!! Wow I cannot wait to see the finished already looks amazing in the photos above. Good for you guys…me and my hubby are not known for working smoothly through “build-it” projects together :)


emily May 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

we make an alarmingly calm DIY team. it’s a lot of passive, “i think this is how it should work, what is your opinion?” and then we contemplate. we only start to lose our tempers when we get in each other’s way (like, painting in a small room).

i cannot wait to buy a house and knock down some walls with this awesome fiance of mine :-)


Sues May 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

How cool!! Can’t wait to see the finished product :)


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