A custom-made table is the perfect finishing touch to a dining room, but it's not always ideal for your wallet. Instead of shopping for a new table, consider making one yourself! This gorgeous farmhouse table can be yours with just a few power tools and a lot of determination. Set any qualms you have aside, and get to work with our step-by-step guide.
Note: This is for a 36-1/4 x 76 x 30-inch table and accommodates standard-sized dining chairs.
The crossing legs are made with one long board and two short boards. Cut 2 Long X Legs to length. Then cut parallel 45-degree miter at each end as shown. Cut 4 Short X Legs to length. Cut a 45-degree miter at one end.
Drill two pocket holes at the end of each of the four Short X Legs. To accommodate the 2X4, set pocket hole jig at 1-1/2 inch. Clamp a Short X Leg to a Long X Leg as shown, and attach with wood glue and 2-1/2-inch pocket screws. Repeat for the opposite leg. Attach the remaining Short X Legs to the assemblies.
Cut two Upper X Stretchers from 1x4 material as shown. Cut the two Lower X Stretchers from 2x4 material; cut 45-degree miters at both ends. Cut four feet from 1x4 material.
Now you will be finishing the legs of the table. Attach the Upper X Stretcher and Lower X Stretcher as shown. Cut the Upper Stretcher and Lower Stretcher, and attach the feet beneath the Lower X Stretcher. Repeat for second leg.
Drill pocket holes in the upper and lower stretchers. Pocket holes allow you to drill directly into a board adjacent to where you're working. The two upper stretchers should connect the ends of the two X legs and should be connected to the Upper X Stretcher. The bottom stretcher should connect the middle of the Lower X Stretchers.
Cut five 1x8 boards to length for the table top. Drill pocket holes along one edge of four boards. Edge clamp the boards together, and attach with wood glue and pocket screws.
Center the table top on the leg assembly. Attach with wood glue and wood screws from underneath through the Upper Stretchers.
The final dimensions will be 36-1/4x76x30 inches. Finish with paint or stain.
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