Monday, February 3, 2014

Building a Farmhouse Table Part One

I know that everyone and their cousin is looking for a farmhouse table, but I feel like it would fit nicely with my vision of a colonial dining room.

And you know me, I can't just go buy a set with a farmhouse table... I have to collect it.

Part of my collecting began by finding these Tell City wood chairs...

... for $80 on Craigslist.

The second step was finding these posts at the salvage yard...

Now to turn these bits and pieces into a cohesive dining room.

Step one: table.

Fortunately for us, there is a great tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed on building a table.  We felt no need to reinvent the wheel, so we bought the lengths and types of wood she uses and built it pretty much just like she instructs.  The only change we made was in the bracing: we doubled up on the pieces running side-to-side under the table.

We used a router around the planks making up the tabletop to give it a finished, professional look.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure all the boards are straight.  We had to sift through a lot of boards that were slightly twisted or bowed to find decent boards.  Also, clamps are very helpful.

Still working on the finishing touches!
See part two here.


  1. Your table is going to be gorgeous! I was planning to build a farmhouse table too, but then we were given a large beat-up ikea table. So I transformed it into a distressed farmhouse table. The legs aren't as ornate as I'd like, like yours, but I love it anyway.

  2. It's going to be beautiful! I love collected things!

  3. Your table is looking so beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

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