|Project by Macster||posted 07-26-2012 03:38 PM||3560 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
My wife has wanted a new kitchen/dining room table for some time, and I must admit, I did too. The one we had was a 48” round table and 4 chairs. It had a wrought iron look to the legs and chairs but the chairs just wouldn’t go under the table far enough to be out of the way. Our kitchen is not the biggest in the world so the round table was really in the way. We wanted something rectangle shaped and big enough to seat our growing family plus guests.
My wife has like the farmhouse style since we were at a friends house to eat and they had one. she found a picture of one online that just so happened to come with plans. I looked at the plans and had to tweak them a bit to suit our needs. The original plans called for stretchers under the table to better stabilize the legs, but if i had put those in our chairs would not have been able to go under all the way. That was a major thing for us. so i took the stretchers out and to my delight the table is still very sturdy.
I originally wanted to use Knotty Pine for the wood but in trying to find it I found out it is more expensive than I wanted to pay. I settled on Cypress since it too has some pretty good knots in it and is relatively inexpensive. I made the top out of 4 – 2×10 Cypress boards, the breadboards, apron and top supports are just made from 2×4s. It is very difficult to find untreated 4×4s in my area so I had to call several places before I was able to find some. They turned out to be Yellow pine but since I was gonna stain it a dark color I didn’t think that would make a difference.
As for the assembly…I decided to put the entire piece together using Pocket screws. I did have to glue the extensions to get the 13.5” that I wanted. The extensions will have two 2×2s screwed to the underneath to be able to slide the extension into 2 2×2 holes in the end aprons. I also glued the end aprons to the top supports in order to make sure the holes for the extensions lined up. Other than that, no glue anywhere else on the table. The finished size of the table is 68-5/8Lx36-5/8Wx30-1/H. Length is 82-1/8 with the extensions.
My wife and I decided to finish the table in a contrasting color to our cabinets since matching may not be very easy. We chose to use Minwax Polyshades Mission Oak. Being this was my first build, I wanted easy finishing if at all possible. I used Minwax PreStain since the wood had never been stained before and then one coat of the Mission Oak, wiped on. I then covered that with 2 more coats of Minwax Polyurethane since I wasn’t sure if the stain/poly mix would protect enough. I was going for the distressed look and used chains, screws, hammers and bent nails to accomplish this. I let my 3yr old loose on it to help me out. Does anyone of other methods to get that distressed look?
All in all I am very pleased with how my first furniture build turned out considering the limited space, limited tools, and limited experience.
I plan on making 2 benches with backs for the long sides. We think we can get more people per side that way.
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