farm table for under $100

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Project by jettaknight89 posted 10-22-2012 07:03 PM 2428 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We wanted to build a simple table for our kitchen that seated 8 and that could be ‘beautified’ by the hard use of our 3 kids. After reviewing several plans online, I decided to mix a few of my favorite ideas together and build my own.

I wouldn’t say that I set out to build a table for less than $100. The idea was to make a fame that we could eventually upgrade the table top on, or be re-finished to change the look we were going for. This was the result.

Shopping List

3 – 1×4x8
4 – 1×1x8 (These can be purchased, but I just ripped down some 2×4s I already had)
6 – 2×4x8
2 – 4×4x8 (I purchased treated 4×4s cause my intention was to paint them. This also keeps cost down)

Cut List

2 – 1×4x78 1/2 (side aprons)
2 – 1×4x40 (end aprons)
7 – 1×1x38 1/2 (inside supports)
6 – 2×8x7 (table top)
4 – 4×4x29 1/4 (table legs)

Base has been painted a matte white.

Here is a sample piece of what the top stain will look like

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 08:41 PM

I like the clean lines and the proportions of the table. Goes to show you can build nice furniture without expensive lumber. Great job!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 11:22 PM

nice job.i made one about the same size awhile back and it was a very enjoyable build.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 05:07 PM

Treated pine 4×4’s are less expensive than untreated douglas, I didn’t know that! My local Home Depot doesn’t have untreated pine 4×4’s unfortunately, otherwise they’d be cheaper still. What color are you thinking for the legs (and what type of paint)?

Thanks for sharing, I can see this aging well as it gets “worn in”.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 06:21 PM

The plan is to paint the apron and the legs a matte white. the paint I’m using is just a latex bath and kitchen paint with built in premier. The top will be stained with Minwax Special Walnut, but I have been experimenting with vinegar and steel wool, as well as tea to add a more aged look to the wood.

I will update the blog as I complete the finishing and include samples of my finishes.

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 04:14 PM

Are the treated 4×4s considered safe for indoor furniture? I know they use a different chemical than they used to, but I’d be concerned about bringing them in to the house. My daughter is 10 months old and has figured out she can chew on things.

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 04:39 PM

I have three small kids, so it was a concern for us as well. After doing a bit of research, we discovered that sealing the treated wood prevents any of the trace amounts of chemicals to become trap in the wood. Its recommended that you apply at least two coats of finish.

I get the chewing concern… I would not use treated for the table top or maybe even the apron.

here is an article I found from about using treated lumber indoors.

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