Here are two views of my front dining room, which is frequently used as my son's art studio. He paints here because the lighting is good. For the Holidays, however...I need it to actually serve as a dining room table. My goal is to build a farmhouse style table top with stained wood planks in 3 days and spend less than $100. Challenge accepted!
Of course the first step was to measure my table and decide how big I wanted the top to be. I won't bother with the math, because if you are doing this project, your dimensions will be different. Its a pretty easy formula. Find the planks you want to work with and purchase as many as it takes to achieve the length and width. You will also need 2 cross pieces cut to the width of the table. My cross pieces were 3" wide, and cut to 36" long. The planks I purchased were 1x6x8...but cut down to 6 1/2' long.