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DIY Modern Farm Table Tutorial

May 12th, 2015

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When Burley and I moved into our current home, I was ready to upgrade from our tiny 4 person antique kitchen table, to something that we could use for dinner parties, card games, and all sorts of entertaining. So naturally, I consulted Pinterest to see what kind of tutorials were out there, because lord knows I couldn’t afford the astronomical prices of farm tables these days.

 

** Take note… I will use “we” a lot in this post, but Burley was the one who put all of the elbow grease into this table. He is the mastermind and I am forever thankful for his willingness to put up with my antics and help me with projects by actually just doing them himself. Love you boo.

 

I found this tutorial and loved the clean lines and modern feel (especially the legs). I was not looking to make an outdoor table, but figured we could modify to get what we need. So I printed it out, gave it to Burley and said “please?”

 

The project ended up being a hefty one, only because we really didn’t read the directions all the way through and come up with a plan (classic Richardsons). So, we learned a lot. I aimed to make these instructions as straightforward and honest as possible so that you may have a better experience.

God speed.

 

MATERIALS

2″ x 4″ x 8–2
1″ x 4″ x 8–3
1″ x 6″ x 8–7
4″ x 4″ x 8-5
1 1/4″ Screws
Kreg jig
Wood glue
Ryobi Hand Tool JM82 (Biscuit Joiner)
3″ screws
** When choosing the type of wood you want to use for this project, make sure it is seasoned, so it will not warp on you (read later about our warping tale, and don’t make the same mistakes haha)

CUT LIST

1 x 4 (94.5″ – 2, 38.5″-2)
2×4 (37–4,5″ inside tapered out at about 45 degrees for corner supports)
6 x 6 (30″ – 10)

 

To start, you are going to create the legs.

The reason I choose this tutorial over the many others that were available, was for the legs. The line of this table is what makes it feel more modern and less country, which drew me in. Mixing old with new is something that characterizes a lot of my style… And this table is no exception.

 

All that to say… The legs.

 

You are going to start by glueing the 6×6 posts together. The final product will be 4 legs that are 11 x 5.5 x 30. If you have clamps, you will want to clamp these glued legs together and let them sit overnight… Or if you happen to have some really heavy weights you can place those on top of the legs…. Just to make sure they stay snug up against each other as they dry.

 

** The tutorial told us to glue the posts together for legs, but we unfortunately this was a pain point during the process. I think the ideal situation here would be to drill a hole through the middle of the legs, and buy a threaded bolt to hammer through that hole, holding all of the legs together nicely, without depending on only glue. The good thing about this table is that the top piece is so heavy, that the legs don’t have to be 100% amazing in order for the table to be completely functional. The weight of the top will hold the legs in place in the end… But it’s always nice to have a table with sturdy legs… So i’ll leave you with that.

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Using pocket hole screws, attach the 94.5″ 1×4 to the 38.5″with the 1 1/4″ screws and wood glue. The original tutorial talks about using outdoor screws, but we created this table for inside only.

 

In order to ensure that the boards remained flush, we also used a biscuit joiner to create joints between all of the boards. The original tutorial didn’t do this, and their table looked beautiful, so I suppose you can skip this step if you don’t have access to one.

 

Put the 37″ center supports in at 19″ intervals using glue, 1 1/4″ screws and pocket holes. Drill straight down on the long sides of the corner supports so the hole comes out the middle of the 45 degree cut. Using wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws put in all 4 corners.

 

Check to make sure the 1×6 boards are 96″. Ours were all uneven so we cut them down to about 95in to make sure they lined up neatly. Place 4-5 pocket holes in each board, besides the last one, and using 1 1/4″ screws and glue attach boards together for the table top. If you have access to one, you can use a large clamp to help pull uneven boards together. Flip the piece so that the top is up and sand out any unevenness.

 

Next, screw the tabletop of 1 x 6s into the frame.

 

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Now to attach the legs. Smart people would use seasoned wood for this project or really any interior furniture project. Since we are noobs, we didn’t do this, and the table did some warping action on us, making the rest of the project a little tough. Namely, attaching the legs. So, I will use ideals here so you know how to finish out the project in style.

 

Flip the table top upside down.

 

You will want to measure the width of your table and also the width of your legs, subtract the leg width from the table width, and divide by two in order to find the distance from each side that the legs need to have. This will make sure your legs are perfectly centered, even if all of your cuts and materials weren’t 100% accurate.

 

Using the Kreg Jig, use pocket holes to attach the legs to the 2 x 4 support beam on each side, using the 3″ screws.

 

Then call all of your neighbors and friends in, because it’s time to flip this sucker back over. And she is awkwardly weighted, so get a couple more friends than you think you might need!

 

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Maddie Richardson

MADDIE RICHARDSON

Co-Founder, Marketwake Digital Marketer, Web Designer,
Atlanta Creative



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