Pine Farmhouse Table

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Project by Robin1 posted 112 days ago 2296 views 23 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 3’ x 8’ Pine Farmhouse Table. My wife wanted the one at Pottery Barn for $3000. The compromise was that I got a new jointer and a new 12” compound miter saw for $650 and built this one instead. I do cringe when the kids bang it up- although that’s the way its supposed to look. (And I’d probably cringe more if I’d had to buy the $3000 one!)

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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#1 posted 112 days ago

Wow – that looks awesome! Can I ask what your finishing techniques were? (stain, topcoat, etc)....

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 112 days ago

Thank you! Believe it or not, it’s Minwax Red Mahogany stain (picked by the wife.) The finish is lacquer- although I have also used successive coats of polyurethane on projects. The key with pine is to sand it really good so the stain doesn’t look blotchy. (I hate that part- finishing requires a lot of patience- something I’m rarely accused of.) Hope that helps.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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#3 posted 112 days ago

Beautiful work, Jim!

Had the same scenario with my wife. She wanted a table to seat our large family at the holidays. I told her I’d build one instead of buying anything mass produced. Took a spell, but well worth it, eh? Congrats!

PS I can totally relate to cringing when the kids ding it up… Oi! You’re right though, that’s what it’s there for…

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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#4 posted 112 days ago

Great table!
Too many people overlook Pine for stuff like this! But our ancestors built many fine pieces of furniture with it!
Congrats and I hope the better half is happy with it too!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#5 posted 112 days ago

It just blows me away when I see someone take the humble Pine wood and turn it into something this amazing and beautiful. Thanks for reminding us that the focus on woodworking should be on the “working” part. Beautiful.

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#6 posted 112 days ago

That’s a beautiful table! I agree with the other posts about how pine is almost always overlooked – to me it’s always been looked at as a ‘beginners’ wood and you graduate to hardwood. definitely not the case here! thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 112 days ago

Great looking table. Your finish is awesome.

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#8 posted 112 days ago

Very Nice Indeed Jim! Thank For Posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#9 posted 112 days ago

Thank you for all the nice comments.. It means a lot when it comes from people who know their craft.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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#10 posted 112 days ago

I’ve learned that it’s not always cheaper to build your own furniture. Better, but not cheaper!

But it looks like you got the best of both worlds with this beauty! And some new tools to boot!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 112 days ago

That’s absolutely beautiful. May I ask how long it took from first cut to these pictures?

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#12 posted 112 days ago

Thank you! It was about 4 weeks- 2-3 nights a week and Saturdays. My shop at the time was a 45 minute drive from my house so I got limited time there.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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#13 posted 112 days ago

OOheee that’s nice

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#14 posted 112 days ago

Nice Robin. how did you put in the grooves on the sides between the planks? Do you round over the corners before glue up, or route in a V after the fact? I’ve been wondering this for a table i’m about to build

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#15 posted 112 days ago

Chamfer bit on each plank before glue up.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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