Another Farmhouse Table

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Project by Mike Hillman posted 11-29-2015 05:11 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With 23 guests coming for Thanksgiving I needed another table to accommodate the crowd. This is a quick and simple farm house table that I built in two days. The table top is 5/4 X 8 pine boards I purchased from Lowes. The turned legs are from Osborne Wood Products. The apron is 1 X 5 pine, also from Lowes. The apron boards are joined to the legs with pinned mortise and tenon joinery. The boards for the table top were glued up with a tongue and groove joint via a Lie-Nielson hand plane ( This plane was actually designed for 3/4 inch boards but I still use it for 5/4 board and just plane off the left over part so it’s flush with the bottom of the tongue. The table top is finished with a dark oil stain and several coats of paste wax. The legs and apron were stained with a water based stain (Parchment) and a couple of coats of semi-gloss Polycrylic. I added a couple of cross members across the width of the apron to support the table top. The finished size is 42” wide by 94” long and will accept 8 chairs without feeling crowded. I picked up a set of used oak hoop back Windsor chairs at a local menagerie shop. They were really cheap, made in Slovenia, and nicely done.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 12:15 AM

Very nice looking table, well done.

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 03:02 PM

Excellent project! How did you secure the top to the apron? Got a table on the list and need to get some ideas for the job.

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 07:10 PM

Mike – Nice job – fits really well in the room too.
Knothead62: probably lots of ways to secure the top to the apron. at the risk of offending some purists, I think pocket screws are a pretty slick way to do it and are very secure.

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 10:24 PM

That’s a very nice table, Mike.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 11:55 PM

Thanks Knothead62! I used my biscuit joiner to cut slots in the inside of the apron and used “table top fasteners” (metal z clips) to attach the top to the apron.

-- Mike

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