DIY Farmhouse Table

Courtney West

Article Posted By: Courtney West

of Our Alabama Life

This rustic farmhouse table is a DIY project you can complete in a weekend, and it’s a fabulous way to add some farmhouse charm to your home.

Courtney West, of Our Alabama Life, completed this project for her home and shares the step-by-step tutorial.

DIY Farmhouse Table

We are right in the middle of building our forever farmhouse in Alabama. I knew I wanted a big farmhouse table for our dining room, but it is very pricey to have one custom made for our space. After a few internet searches and some conversations with my handy husband, we decided to DIY our own farmhouse table.

Building our own farmhouse table turned out to be surprisingly simple and much more economical than purchasing one. We used Ana White’s farmhouse table plans as a guide.

To create your own farmhouse table, follow the full tutorial below!



Step 1

Determine the size of your table. We wanted our table to be 8-feet long by 4-feet wide.

Measure, mark, and cut your lumber to the appropriate lengths.

Step 2

Lay the boards out for your tabletop. Choose which side you want to show and lay it face down.

TIP: Mark the back of each board so that you’ll know which side you have chosen. We used the letter “B” for “back” because we are creative like that!

Step 3

Using a pocket hole drill kit, drill holes in each board for your screws. We drilled holes every 12 inches along the length of the board towards the 2 x 8 in the middle.

Step 4

Apply wood glue liberally and stick boards together. Using your pre-drilled holes, insert screws as you glue. Repeat this process for all your tabletop boards.

Step 5

Add end boards using the same process as Steps 3 and 4.

Step 6

Assemble the table base.

Notch the 4 x 4 legs so the 2 x 4 will fit snuggly.

We began our lowest notch 6 inches from the floor.

Step 7

Insert 2 x 4 boards into the notches, and secure them with screws. Make sure the base is square as you are assembling the table.

Step 8

Attach brace boards to top of table base using pocket hole screws

Step 9

Attach the tabletop using pocket hole screws to complete the table base.

Step 10

Fill all cracks and voids with wood filler and sand until smooth. You are now ready for paint or stain!

We had so much fun building this farmhouse table, and I love that it fits my space exactly. The greatest part of a DIY project is being able to customize the project to fit your needs. I can’t wait to start hosting all the parties and serving TONS of food on my new farmhouse table!