Doable Farmhouse Outdoor Table

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If you are like me and you like to eat outdoor rather than indoor. It doesn’t matter if you are just having your breakfast alone with the songbirds or a big family gathering. It’s always better outside. But, i found my round 4 chairs faux wicker table quite annoying. It’s small and not my style. For that, we thought about something built from scratch. That way we decided on the style, the size, the color and the BUDGET. The one we want is an 8 to 10 chairs capacity depending of the size of chairs. it’s exactly eight feet long, 42 inches wide and 28 inches high.

If you have a small knowledge in working with wood this project is for you. Also if you are used to use the following tools the work gonna be much easier for you. You will use the miter saw, the kreg jig and the drill. We really didn’t use any extraordinary technique or tools to build it.

I was inspired by the pottery and barns farmhouse table design. It has a beautiful X brass legs and along board as a table top we added a thin frame all around to bring everything together. For the table top boards we bought a specific wood boards that facilitate the assembly. They can go into each other without leaving any gap. I know how frustrating to get those beautiful X legs done and all the required tools and techniques. Here we did a little trick to have it done. Clever husband hhhh.

the general cost of this table is 210 dollars. Did I Said 210$? Yes, that Includes wood boards, screws, stain and protection formula. A judge table like this will cost not less then 800$ from any store. So you are saving a lot here.

The table capacity is 8 chairs. It has the perfect length and width for a big gathering or a daily meals. We love how it looks in our backyard. This is exactly how i imagined the outcome of my table.

Now lets talk about the supplies:

I didn’t want the table to be super heavy, so i used regular pine for the body and water pressed wood for the legs.

  1. The boards for the table top (left in the picture) are pine and have a vertical cut on the sides like a hardwood boards to help insertion one in another. They are 8 ft and 1 inch of thickness as we will cover them with a frame anyway. We needed 6 pieces.
  2. smaller pine wood boards 3.5” W and 1 inch of thickness for the inner frame. 4 pieces.
  3. A thinner pine wood 1.5” W and less then 1 inch of thickness for the decorative frame (around the table top boards). 2 pieces.
  4. water pressed wood boards (in the right) 4” W and 1 inch thickness for the legs. 4 pieces.
  5. Star screws (in the bottom) This is very crucial to use this type of screws because they are water, rust and moisture resistant. Don’t forget that your table will be outdoor for years and you want to keep it as long as you can, isn’t it?!
  6. tools: miter saw, mini kreg jig, drill, wood filler, sanding paper, stain and clear minwax spar urethan for protection.

Start by measuring and cutting the boards to make a frame where we will install the legs and set on the table top boards.

Make a rectangular shape smaller then the table top by 3 inches.

Now for the legs: because of the X shape it’s hard to make it without a meticulous technique that allows to put one leg over the other and

screw everything together

we cut the water pressed boards in 2 pieces with 45 degrees on the top and the bottom. Make sure to have the standard height of 28” in total. Then, we cut additional 4 boards that we added to each leg in crisscross shape.

You can see here the back of the leg that has one long leg and two additional boards screwed to the other full leg in the top and the bottom.

Press the two boards together and apply some glue and screw them.

This technique give us the same result for a X legs but in a easier way. The purpose of this technique is to make a stronger and larger legs to handle the large table top we will make.

Cut another 2 boards and screw them inside the frame in both sides over the top of the legs to secure them firmly.

Add another board in the middle of the frame to hold the center of the table.

For a more stable table, we used a mini kreg jig, and screwed a long board between the legs. Always using the star screws.

Ones we placed the 6 board, we started screwing them on the frame and then nailing them with each others since this boards has an L shape on the sides. We filled the screws holes with wood filler and send them ones dried.

we finished with the decorative frame by cutting a 45 degrees angles then glueing and nailing them together.

We gave the table a quick sanding to make sure it’s nice and smooth and start thinking about the color we want to do. That was very hard to decide honestly.

we couldn’t decide between the mission oak and the gold oak. After many trials we went for the gold oak and we don’t regret it. It looks so cozy and natural. Just perfect.

The table will be in the patio and protection is very crucial here. We used 2 coats of Minwax helmsman spar urethane semu-gloss.

The stain dries fast but allow to the wood protection to take it time for a better result. Follow the instructions in the cans can helps too.

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