Farmhouse Table and Benches

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Project by Jason Lester posted 12-06-2016 02:11 PM 1352 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So recently I was looking for a project to do. Some thing small. Then I saw a video unrelated to woodworking and in it a guy was making a similar table. So my small project turned into a large one.

My wife always wanted a harvest style table. She has said it for years. So I decided this would be a good way for me to get back into woodworking. It has been so long I had all but forgotten how much I enjoy it. So I found some plans and changed them to my liking and to fit our space better.

The table is 87” long without extensions 10.5 Ft with them. I built the table 5 boards wide to allow us to set the table with whatever food instead of setting it somewhere else and just eating there… That is a little thing but I prefer everyone sitting down to a table with everything on it. So that created a problem of width in our space with chairs. I found some people had benches with their harvest/farmhouse tables and since we have 5 kids that seemed to be the best for us too. I still had the width to deal with so I moved the table legs to the ends as far as I felt looked right and made the benches to fit underneath. So they slide nicely underneath.

I used Minwax stain and finish just because of the availability. The two tone idea came from it being all lumber from Home Depot. The bases are all Douglas Fir and the tops yellow pine. I didn’t really think about any of that until later. The 4×4s were very nice looking and I started thinking it was Douglas fir so I asked around and several people agreed. I guess I feel I just lucked out on that as it was regular 4×4 price. So seeing it together with the two different colors help me to decide to leave the base natural and stain the tops. I love how it turned out.

I did spend a good amount of time trying to flatten the 2×10 top of the table with my hand plane. I didn’t get it all perfect but much better than it was. All and all a fun project and has me hooked back into woodworking. Time to buy a decent tablesaw. I borrowed a chop sliding miter to build this BTW.

-- Jason

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 03:04 PM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 12-06-2016 03:09 PM

nice work

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#3 posted 12-06-2016 07:23 PM

how do the extension connect to table? can’t tell from photos. Have friend who wants something similar.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#4 posted 12-06-2016 09:09 PM

Thanks guys. It was a fun project. I’d guess it earned me a few bonus points with the wife. :)

The base simply has two notches (per extension) out of it for two rails to be slid into it (under the top) from the extensions. I need to do a little more fitting on mine but it is a simple way of doing it. Makes the extensions a little harder to store but not to big of a deal.

I actually looked at my sister’s table that she bought from a furniture store after I finished this one. Looks good but mass produced. Nice table but not custom for sure. They basically did the same thing. She keeps her’s in always as she has the room.

I used 2×2 lumber for those rails when I built this but I am going to go back later and switch those out for some hardwood or plywood or something. Just seem the pine gives/flexes to much to the weight of the top.

-- Jason

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 09:24 PM

This is beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-06-2016 11:27 PM

That’s a great looking harvest table! I’m sure you and your family will get lots of good use and enjoyment from it—and hey, brownie points with the wife can’t be beat, either!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 12-07-2016 12:39 PM

Nice looking project for sure… I like that you turned mis-matched woods into a feature….

-- "Women are like modern paintings. You can't enjoy them if you try to understand them." Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury)

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#8 posted 12-10-2016 08:37 PM

Looks fantastic! I love the benches and the top. Funny thing is that I did the same thing with our dining room table – I have extensions at the ends that slide into the base!

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