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Project by Bennie Woods posted 12-08-2011 04:58 PM 6709 views 23 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around building a new table and was inspired by Ana White with her version of a Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table (http://ana-white.com/2009/12/plans-farmhouse-table-knock-off-of.html) and matching benches (http://ana-white.com/2011/01/plans/farmhouse-bench). Later I will make a set of matching chairs.

My table measures 38.5”Wx96”Lx30”H and is made with cheap 2×8’s for the top and 2×4’s for the base. Additionally I built two matching benches using 2×4’s. The legs were laminated 2×4’s. The tops of the table and benches were joined with biscuits. The breadboard ends of the tops were joined with biscuits and strengthened with pocket hole screws. All of the visible screws were countersunk and then covered with oak dowels sanded flush.

My wife requested it to be stained with Red Mahogany and topcoated with oil based polyurethane but I was a little aprehensive with staining pine this dark. It turned out very well. The pictures don’t quite do it justice but I’m no photographer…Maybe one day, I’ll get a better camera and stage my pictures.

Pic #1 is the finished table.
Pic #2 is a close up of the top.
Pic #3 is the top and benches after sanding the first coat of poly.

Total price for materials was approximately $168. No dollar figure estimated for my effort as of yet! It did take almost two weeks working around a full time job and running 5 days a week.

Thanks in advance for viewing as well as any and all comments.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM





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racerglen

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 05:26 PM

Looks pretty good to me Bennie !
And it should last at least as long as any farmhouse..

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 06:02 PM

That is awesome. I like the darker stain on it. You did a really good job on it.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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kokaneesailor

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 07:12 PM

Sweet job! No doubt it will become a family heirloom. Well done.

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WoodTookSoLong

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 04:08 AM

Awesome job! I’ve seen the Ana White site recently and have plans to build one of my own once the holidays are over. I like how you laminated everything together. It has that rustic feel but much more polished look. You can’t beat a table that looks that amazing for $168!

-- Ben

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Antti

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#5 posted 12-09-2011 04:58 PM

Friend of mine just had a rustic pine table made by a pro woodsmith. 1300 eur. = add a zero to your cost, and no chairs…

Nice job, and a good choice of color. Your wife seems well informed, I get a lot less specific instructions from my wiife, like for example “brown”....

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camps764

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 08:41 AM

In the process of building an Ana white inspired as well. I like that the basic design is easy to adjust to suit your own tastes. I am using reclaimed pine from a barn in Texas. Instead of solid legs I laminated three 2×4’s together to get the hefty leg look. Originally was only going to laminate two together, got the glue up done, and they looked too wimpy for the rest of the design.

I also widened the original design to 38”, felt like the original was a little too narrow for a dining room table.

I plan to follow suit and use a red mahogany stain as well, I really like the coloring on yours!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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camps764

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 11:08 PM

What did your finishing process look like? Did you use any sanding sealer or wood wood conidtioner to get your stain even?

Thanks!~

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 11:13 PM

these look really nice and rustic too. Well done.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bennie Woods

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 11:53 PM

Thanks all!
@camps164 – I sanded everything with 120 grit then 220. For the top I filled the holes around the knots with 2 part epoxy (clear or yellow is fine) and then sanded again. After that I wet the top with water and allowed it to dry. This raised the grain a little then I sanded with 220 again. I didn’t use any wood conditioner since i like the wild variation that pine usually gives and this was no exception. My wife and I said “wow”! One coat of stain was sufficient. I tried a second coat but it wasn’t needed. After day I applied the first coat of poly and then gave it another day. Then sanded with 220 and applied a second then sanded again. After the third coat I didn’t sand anymore. After the 5th coat I let it sit a day then waxed and buffed it. Then I had my wife wait yet another day before moving it inside. Let me know if you any questions.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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camps764

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 03:49 AM

That’s perfect thanks! I’ll try a few test pieces to see how the stain takes. Does it matter what type of two part epoxy? Just general stuff from Home Depot/Lowes?

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Bennie Woods

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 05:12 AM

Yeah that’s what I used. Just the basic two part stuff that comes in a tube. It fairly easy to sand and doesn’t stick out when finished. It will shown depth if you fill in a deep hole though which can be cool! It’s great to keep the knots in place if they are loose as well as filling any imperfections.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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camps764

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#12 posted 04-29-2012 01:46 PM

thought I’d check in and see how the table is holding up…have you experienced any warping/expansion contraction?

The one I built has had some seasonal movement, shrinkage mostly due to running the heaters in the house for the winter.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Bennie Woods

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 11:54 AM

Camps764, Fortunately I haven’t noticed any issues yet with mine here in southeast GA. My top is mounted using screw eyes in the side of the apron and screws through the screw eyes into the underside of the top.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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#14 posted 09-02-2013 07:51 PM

May I please have the design plans for this tables

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Bennie Woods

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#15 posted 09-07-2013 04:22 AM

Tina1966, the plans I used came from anawhite.com. See links above in the original post for both plans.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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