Farmhouse Table

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Project by SkiTique posted 07-07-2016 12:36 PM 1220 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just wrapped up a farmhouse table that my wife wanted for our house we just finished building. The table top is 8/4 oak that I had cut and dried by the Amish in Northern MI. I planed the straightened the boards and had them ran through a sander to a finished thickness of 6/4. The top planks are jointed with biscuits and breadboards were added to the ends.

The breadboards were somewhat tricky for me, I do not have a proper mortise tool or a domino so I had to come up with a solution. Being new to woodwork, I was planning to just biscuit and glue the breadboard… Thanks to the help from the forums, I quickly learned that was not a good idea. I ended up using my router to create a tongue on the end of the planks that I glued. I then ran the breadboard through my table saw with a dado blade to create a grove.

To create the tenons, I used my beadlock jig and glued the tenons into the table top. one the breadboard side, I used the same jig, making the mortise wider and used a chisel to square up the opening to allow the beadlock tenon to move. The tenons in the middle are fixed with straight drilled holes, while the outside ones have elongated holes to allow for movement. The top was fastened to the base using the Rockler Tabletop Clips.

I finished it with a mix of Minwax Dark Walnut and Red Mahogany, then a coat of oil and bees wax.

Thanks to the help of the members of this site, I think it turned out quite well for my first table.

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#1 posted 07-07-2016 01:52 PM

That did turn out nice. That’s a real beefy looking table and the color is great.

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 03:05 PM

Nice work,

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 05:21 PM

Real ’’rustic’’ beauty.

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#4 posted 07-08-2016 12:14 AM

Great looking farmhouse table! I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fine meals around it!

And I’m happy to hear that you accounted for wood movement when building and attaching the breadboard ends. I’ve seen a few of these, where the breadboard ends were just glued on, and/or glued on along the entire edge, and failed very badly. Yours should last a lifetime.

-- Dean

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#5 posted 07-08-2016 12:57 AM

Looks really good! I love the breadboard ends, and its nice to see them pegged into place with dowels, too. That’ll be a centerpiece in your house for a looooong time

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#6 posted 07-08-2016 01:26 AM

great looking table

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 07-08-2016 12:16 PM

Thanks, for taking a look at my table, I really like the dowels, they obviously have a very important function, but they also stand out as a nice conversation piece. I have had a few people at my house that have an appreciate for woodwork, they seem to notice the dowels right away.

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#8 posted 07-08-2016 12:27 PM

What a beautiful table. Nice job. Makes me want to replace the pine farm house dining room table I made about 25 years ago.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#9 posted 07-08-2016 01:07 PM

What a beautiful table. Nice job. Makes me want to replace the pine farm house dining room table I made about 25 years ago.

- EricLew

My original plan was to use pine as well for cost, but I was able to get oak cut and dried from the Amish for less than the cost of pine. I hope to have this table in another 25 years too.

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#10 posted 07-09-2016 12:01 AM

Some day I will make a table. If I’m lucky, it will come out almost as nice as that one! Very pretty!

-- Adam,

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#11 posted 07-11-2016 09:40 PM

This table came out great, beautiful work & craftsmanship.

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#12 posted 07-11-2016 10:04 PM

now whats for supper ????


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#13 posted 07-16-2016 10:57 AM

Cool! I’m making a table in a similar style, but smaller. Coffee table. Well, I should say that I’m planning make a table. Still in the design process.

How did you achieve the visible separation between the planks in the the top? You said you joined them with biscuits – did you not edge joint them? Or did you edge joint them, but cut a bit of a v on the corners?

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#14 posted 07-16-2016 03:47 PM

Thanks, we were happy with the turn out. I did edge joint the boards, after the boards ere straight, I cut the slots for my biscuits, then just used an orbital sander on the corners to create look of a gap. I didn’t get too precise with the sanding because I wanted a little variation, I held the sander at about a 45 degree angle and moved down the edge. I randomly stopped and spent a little more time in some spots to take off a little more material. If you wanted it perfect and uniform from edge to edge, you could use a router. I liked the more rustic look.

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#15 posted 07-28-2016 05:57 PM

Very nice.
What kind and color of stain did you use.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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