How to Build a Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table

Jen Woodhouse

Article Posted By: Jen Woodhouse

of The House of Wood

How to Build a Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table

This DIY Farmhouse dining table is simply gorgeous, and you can build it in a weekend.

Jen Woodhouse of the DIY and design blog The House of Wood came up with this project for our DIY Challenge series. We challenged her to come up with a fun and doable project, the only stipulation being that she use, appropriately enough, wood.

Just follow Jen’s step-by-step instructions, and you’ll soon have your own lovely farmhouse dining table.

Farmhouse Dining Table

This DIY Farmhouse Table is the perfect beginner-level building project. Building a dining table doesn’t get any easier – using minimal tools with pre-fabricated furniture legs and off-the-shelf lumber, you can build this table in an afternoon and be hosting your family gathering by dinnertime!

Tools

Materials

Cut List

  • Long Aprons – (2) 1 x 4 @ 63 inches
  • Short Aprons – (2) 1 x 4 @ 25 inches
  • Tabletop Supports – (3) 1 x 4 @ 26 ¾ inches
  • Tabletop Boards – (5) 1 x 8 @ 67 inches
  • Breadboard Ends – (2) 1 x 6 @ 36 ¼ inches

Materials for DIY Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 1: Cut the Boards and Drill Pocket Holes

Use the cut list above and cut all of the boards except the breadboard ends to length. Using a pocket hole jig, drill two ¾-inch pocket holes at the ends of each 1 x 4 apron. Also, drill pocket holes along one edge of the aprons, spacing each pocket hole about 6 – 8 inches apart. Drill pocket holes into the ends and edges of the tabletop boards as well.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 2: Attach the Short Aprons to the Furniture Legs

Clamp the furniture leg to the work surface. Apply wood glue to the end of the 1 x 4 short apron and position the apron at the top of the leg, centering the apron on the leg so that the apron is slightly inset. Tip: Use a scrap piece of ¾ inch material to support the apron in the center of the leg.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table

Using a drill/driver, fasten the apron to the leg with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws. Do this for both sides.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 3: Build the Table Carcass

Build the carcass by attaching the long aprons to the legs with 1 ¼-inch pocket screws and wood glue. Ensure that the pocket holes along the edge are facing up, to attach the tabletop in later steps.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table

Check for square by measuring the diagonal dimensions. These measurements should match. Adjust as needed.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 4: Attach the Tabletop Supports

Drill ¾-inch pocket holes into the ends and edges of the 1 x 4 tabletop supports and attach to the long aprons with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws. Evenly space the supports as shown, ensuring the pocket holes along the edge are facing up.
Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 5: Build the Tabletop

Clamp the 1 x 8 boards to the work surface and attach the boards, edge-to-edge, with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 6: Trim the Tabletop

Clamp a straight edge close to the end of the planked tabletop and use a circular saw to trim any uneven boards so that the whole tabletop end is flush and straight.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table
Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 7: Cut and Attach the Breadboard Ends

Measure the short ends of the planked tabletop and cut the breadboards to fit. Drill ¾-inch pocket holes along one edge of the breadboards and attach to the tabletop with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


Step 8: Attach the Tabletop to the Carcass

Place the tabletop (pocket holes facing you) on the work surface and center the carcass upside down on the tabletop. Attach the carcass to the tabletop with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws. Attach four angle braces as shown, for added support to the breadboard ends.

Building a Farmhouse Dining Table


The Completed Farmhouse Dining Table

DIY Farmhouse Dining Table

Set the Table, Gather ‘Round, and Enjoy Your Meal!

[Jen explains how she stained the table on her blog post about this farmhouse table project. Check the comments section. -ed.]

In addition to being a Nashville singer/songwriter, Jen Woodhouse is a talented decorator and DIYer. Check out her lifestyle and design blog The House of Wood for DIY projects and plenty of great decorating ideas.

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