How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table

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Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. I always enjoy our time together. Don’t you just love anything farmhouse style? The rustic, not perfect details. Me, too. I also love to entertain my friends and family. This post is the best of both worlds. Today, I am going to show you How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table-perfect for entertaining your friends and family. Woo hoo! Come on, I’ll show you.

How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

My husband and I love to entertain. Every event or occasion is worth celebrating-summer weather, let’s celebrate. Sunday afternoon-let’s celebrate. Fourth of July, Easter, New Years-yep, we’re celebrating. We just built a barn-(the reveal is coming soon) and it is perfect for entertaining. I dreamt of having a super long table to fit all of our family and friends, so I made some. Three to be exact. I made three 12 foot tables-that’s 36 feet of table. Isn’t that awesome. It makes me giddy to think about all of the people that we are going to have around these tables. They are so easy to make, although if you are making 12 foot tables like I did, you will definitely need a buddy to help you.

Here is What You Need to Build Your Table

You will need 2′ x 4″s for the frame of your tabletop, 1″x12″s for your table top, 4″ x 4″s for the table legs, 4 casters, lag bolts with washers and nuts and 3′ wood screws. I used my Rigid Chop saw and stand, my Makita Drill, a hammer and drill bits.

Creating the “frame”

Step 1: I started by creating a “frame” out of 2 x 4’s. Because my table is 12′ long, my frame is 11′ long. I have two 2 x 4’s that are 11′ long and two 2 x 4’s that are 30″ long. I attached them with 3″ screws. I pre-drilled with a drill bit where I wanted my screws to be. This prevents the wood from splitting when you screw in the screws.

Step 2: Next, I added 3 more 30″ 2 x 4’s to the frame for stability. Again, I pre-drilled and used the 3″ wood screws.

How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-adding the tabletop.

Step 3: For the table top, I used three 1″ x 12″ boards. I made sure that the middle board was centered on the frame, then attached it. With just the middle board on the frame, it was easy for me to see where the 2×4’s were underneath. If you want all of your screws in a straight line, this is a good time to mark your board. I drilled my holes on my first board, then stacked all three boards and pre drilled through all of them. I wanted the tabletop to look nice with the screws all lined up.

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How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-creating the frame for the legs.

Step 4: I cut two more 30″ 2 x 4 lengths and two 4″ lengths. I attached these boards to the underside of the table at both ends (just like the picture above) this creates a spot to insert the 4×4 leg post. The standard height of a dining table is between 28-30 inches high. I wanted to add casters to the legs, so that the table could be rolled around. My casters were four inches, so I cut my legs at 24″.

How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-attaching the legs.

Step 5: This is the hard part. I put the leg post into the frame and drilled through the frame, the post and the framing in the back of the post-a total of eight inches, that’s a lot of drilling. I used a drill bit big enough to insert a lag bolt. I put the lag bolt into the hole and then hit it with a hammer until it went all the way through. This part isn’t so hard, but it does give you a bit of a workout. Once the lag bolt is all the way though, twist on the nut tightly.

How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-adding the casters.

Step 6: Yay! Almost done. Adding the casters are the easy part, just screw them onto the bottom of each leg.

Step 7: I finished my tables with a stain and sealer in one product. It saves me a lot of time doing only on step.

How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

I absolutely love how these tables turned out. It makes me giddy to see all three tables pushed together, creating 36 feet of table. Yes, you read that right. Thirty six whole feet of table. This table would also make a great work bench in your garage or a great potting table in your greenhouse or garden shed.

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  • Bry Bry on Jan 31, 2022

    WOW! Great build. Using your design, it looks like we could make this table to whatever measurements would suit our needs. Just wondering, where do you store your three tables? Do you have some way of protecting them in the winter months? Did you make benches to go with them or use chairs? I'd love to see a picture of all three in a row decked out for a family feast! Very well done.

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