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Farmhouse Table Feature
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This dining room table has been a labor of love…so to speak. It’s been fun to try out new tools and new techniques, and I’ve learned a ton for the next time around.  This has really felt like the first time building something this substantial from the ground up.  Here’s how it all started.

I recently came across the blog Ana-White.com. It’s an amazing resource for do-it-yourself builders with great detailed building plans.  So far, I’ve used a couple plans for inspiration and techniques but have yet to follow one to a “t.” This is the original plan that led to motivating me to build the table. I also went to Restoration Hardware and checked out the table with my own eyes. I noticed a couple of crucial differences between the Ana-White plan and the actual Restoration Hardware table that I wanted to implement. The Restoration Hardware table used big, wide planks for the tabletop (so I used 4-2×12’s for the top), had big beefy table legs and cross beams (so I used 4×4’s), and I also really liked that it had two 15” extensions that could be added on (so I included that in my design).

The big problem with wanting to use 4×4’s for the legs is that nobody really sells 4×4’s unless they are pressure treated. I had to purchase a majority of the wood from a local mill, Siewers Lumber, which meant that it cost more than just using framing 2×4’s.

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The first thing that I did was cut the 2×12’s, 2×8’s (for the breadboards), and 4×4’s to length. I then notched the 4×4’s out. Using my table saw, I set the blade to the height that I wanted and then made the first cut and the last cut. I then made subsequent cuts in between, hammered out the little slivers, and then swerved the 4×4’s around on the table saw to smooth it all out. I strategically left about a 1/4” for the 4×4’s to still out just enough to give it some definition. I did the same for the 2×4 that was the stretcher along the bottom. Once I did this, it created a really strong foundation that would hold together by itself.

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Once I dry-fit it together, I went back and tweaked it some more to make it more subtle. I also then began the process of distressing it all, which included banging the legs on the concrete at the end of my driveway, hammering chains against the wood, hammering the wood, scratching with screws, etc. I also put a first coat of stain on things. Once the base was done, I focused on the tabletop. I used my Kreg jig for the first time to drill all the pocket holes on the underside of the 2×12’s. I spaced them out about every 12”. My plan was to construct the entire tabletop outside and then after I put together the base in the dining room, that I would move the massively heavy tabletop onto the base. The planks were heavy but one-by-one, I would place them together, clamp them down, clamp them together, and then screw in all the pocket screws. 

To complete the base, I needed to cut, distress, stain, and use the Kreg jig to drill holes, for the side aprons and end aprons. I moved all of these pieces into the empty dining room and constructed the base. I also added some 2×4 support beams about every 24”. Once I had all that together, we hoisted the entire tabletop onto it.

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I then attached the bread boards using all my clamps. Once that was done, I secured it to the base from the underneath. I countersinked some screws through the 2×4 supports and then also had some pocket holes through the 4×4’s. Once I had it all together, I decided to sand down some of the areas that weren’t quite flush.

After a test strip with Briwax, Special Walnut, and American Classic, I decided to go with the original Dark Walnut stain. But the good news was that it made the distressing a little more subtle. I also learned that I love Briwax wood wax. So after a coat of stain, I used the Briwax (Light Brown) to finish off the table top. The awesome thing about the Briwax is that it makes the table smooth and gives it a nice, consistent shine.

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I did the same finish on the 15” extensions. Those were just two 2×8’s screwed together with the Kreg Jig. I then attached some 2×2 strips on the underneath to slip into the table. I notched out the base 1.5”x 1.5” to allow for a nice tight fit. I used my router to get it to the right depth. I also used the router for rounded-off edges on everything. Here’s the table with the extensions (total table length with extensions is 126”!)

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Here’s how the extensions work:

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Here are some of my favorite spots. I think these add some awesome character to the table.


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Check out the final product!

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Follow Tommy and Ellie’s blog for all farmhouse table measurement details and for a complete cut list and shopping list.

Do you like Tommy and Ellie’s style? Check out some of their other projects, like their DIY farmhouse benches, their gallery wall, and their dining room chairs featured in their home.

For more DIY projects and decor inspiration, visit the ForRent.com Apartment Living blog today!


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  1. Looks awesome!
  2. Amazing! What a wonderful piece!
  3. Gorgeous and unique details! Thank you for sharing.
  4. really like! We are looking for ideas for a breakfast nook table that looks old. thanks!
  5. So impressed! Absolutely love it, and especially your creativity in figuring out how to make the extensions.
  6. Thanks everyone for all of the great and positive feedback! We were very lucky to have all of our finalists from our contest write guest blogs about their spaces. 🙂

  7. I am in LOVE with your dining room!!! Do you mind giving info on where you got your curtains and the paint color? Thanks for the inspiration!
    • Hi, Nicole. Thank you so much for the kind words.

      The curtains are from Pottery Barn, they’re the Silk Dupioni curtains in “Wheat.” http://www.potterybarn.com/products/dupioni-silk-pole-pocket-drape/?pkey=csilk-drapes.

      The window hardware is from Lowe’s (double-rod) and tie backs.

      The color is “Mushroom” from Martha Stewart’s paint line. (We bought it at Home Depot).

      Hope that helps! The Sibigas

      • I just wanted to know if the top boards came with all those nice divots, pits, and scared marks or if they were added? If they were added what items or techniques did you use.
        • All the wood used was brand new wood that I distressed myself. Unfortunately, there’s no real scientific method I used….I simply took whatever I could find in my garage and started to bang it against the wood. I used pieces of chain link, my hammer, a screw driver, a really corse threaded screw, and some other abrasive items. For the table legs I even tried just banging it against the concrete outside my home.

          My recommendation…..take a piece of scrap wood and start banging things against it and see what marks you like. My inspiration was from our favorite blog “Young House Love,”

          Check out their blog post and video….. http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/making-new-wood-look-old/

          Hope that helps,


          • Tommy-
            I’ve been trying to pull up the cut list and measurements, but get an error establishing database connection. Is there anyway you can send me both of those. I’d like to build the bigger out of the 2.


  8. apartments for rent in st. marys ga says:
    Impressive! This post is very helpful for apartment renters who are looking for cheap ways to re-invent their home. Why not turn the old into something new! 🙂
  9. LOVE IT! This is the EXACT table I want my husband to build us! We have 4 kids and like to entertain so something this size is great. The best part of course is the amazing look! LOVE IT!! GREAT JOB!! Thanks Kristy from http://www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com my crafty DIY blog
  10. Heather Mekelburg says:
    Beautiful table, exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’m going to have my husband build me one for Christmas. What type of wood did you use? Oak, Pine, etc?
  11. Heather,

    Thanks so much for the comment……feel free to browse our website for more details and other ideas. The table blog post can be found here;


    I’ve made several other tables since that one and I always use kiln dried pine from a local mill. I had to call around for a while to find a place that had kiln dried pine 4×4″s…..most only have either pressure treated or fir.

    Thanks again,


  12. cheap dining table and chairs says:
    Normally I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.
  13. Great job on the table! I love it!! I’m planning on making one of my own. Can I ask you a few questions? I connected to Ana White’s website, the site with the dimensions, and the dimensions on the images were very skewed and hard to read. Do you have the dimensions of each cut, length, etc? Or do you have a suggestion on how you read through her pictures?

    Thanks in advance!


  14. I love your table! I am building a tv/wall unit with my neighbor and came to the conclusion that I am going to make my own table. I then came across your table on pinterest. Thanks so much for all the information. I am wanting to use just 4 table legs that have already been made…chuncky round legs…that I would just have to stain like the rest of the table. Do you have any suggestions to help secure these type of legs since I am not doing your table’s legs and cross beams?

    Thanks again! Your table is really awesome!


    • Kathleen,

      I’d imagine that you could use wood glue and Kreg pocket screws. I might do a similar style we are use the Kreg screws for an outside apron and then do an additional inside support/apron. It all depends what the diameter of the legs are. I’m going to be trying something similar with some old bed posts but mine have a little flat spot that I’ll attach my aprons to.

      Sounds like it’ll look great!


  15. ergonomic office chair Perth says:
    Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.
  16. If you don’t mind me asking, about how much would a table project like that one cost?
    • That depends on a lot of factors. If you use some cheap wood from Home Depot or Lowe’s you can pull it off pretty inexpensively. Same thing with the screws that you use. I use some high quality kiln-dried pine from a local mill that they take from a rough cut and then cut it, plane it, dress it, and make sure it’s true/straight.

      For budgeting purposes, I’d anticipate about $300.

  17. This is absolutely beautiful. I hope to someday have the courage to build some pieces myself for my home. Well done, thanks for sharing.
  18. awesome job !!
  19. Love the table, my husband is going to make me one for Christmas—if you could send me the excel list of cuts that would be a time saver for him! Had a question about your extensions though. This may be stupid but how do they stay on? They don’t fold down on the ends it doesn’t look like so they would have to pop off and on somehow….also your support bars for the extensions, do they just slide back up under the table along the 2×4’s or do they come completely out when not in use as well? Thanks!!
    • Amanda,

      The extensions just slide in and out. They stick into the table approximately 24″ and if you notch it out well…..it’s a real nice/tight fit…..very sturdy. When not in use, you have to store them in a closet. When I studied the Restoration Hardware version of this table, that’s how I discovered this design feature.

      Send me an email at ourcontemporaryhome@gmail.com and I’ll pass along my cut list.



  20. I might be biaetng a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!
  21. This table is absolutely gorgeous. I wish we could build on but our dining room is so small. I will definitely hold onto this for whenever we get a bigger house. My husband has a friend that does all kinds of work like this and I could probably talk him into doing it. I think it would be even more amazing if it was done in a square shape and just a bit taller to imitate a pub table.
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  23. Michelle MCElhannon says:
    Very impressed, and would like to connect to the spreadsheet with the blueprints, but can’t connect through the link provided!

    Awesome table, great article!

  24. Can I ask what kind of wood you used?
    • That table has fir for the legs and pine for everything else. I’ve built this table several times after this one and now I only use high quality kiln dried pine from a local mill. I’d recommend spending more and saving yourselves the headache of sifting through below average wood from the big box store.
      • I have never looked into finding a local mill. Is that something I can do in Phoenix? LOL! I am from Portland OR and finding fir from a mill seems like it would be a no brainer but now that i live in this stupid desert, the idea of finding a mill scares me off a bit. Any tips? PS – Love Ana White. We move into a new home in 2 weeks and I anticipate lots of her projects!
  25. I would really like your cut list for this table. Also, you don’t happen to have a kids table an, do you?
  26. I can’t get to your website to see the plan….is it possible you could email it to me? Jssknn@aol.com.
  27. The table pictured is the first table that I built. I used fir for the legs and pine for everything else. I’ve built several more tables since that one and now I only use kiln-dried pine from a local mill. My advice would be to spend the extra money on higher quality materials than you might get from the big box store….it’ll be worth it when you start putting it all together.
  28. LOVE THIS! I wonder if I can sucker my hubby into making this! hmm. 🙂
  29. LOVE this table! did you make the bench, too?? we’ve just expanded our family from 6 to 8 and our table is TIGHT! maybe we can find the time to do this…hmm..
  30. Hey there Courtney! Tommy is amazing and he did make the bench as well! He did a guest blog for us about his bench here: http://blog.forrent.com/contests/farmhouse-benches-guest-blogger-tommy-sibiga and you can also check out Tommy and his wife Ellie’s blog http://www.tommyandellie.com! Thanks for stopping by and we are so happy that you have found Tommy’s blog useful!

  31. Heather Mullholland says:
    I was wondering why you didn’t want to use pressure treated wood for the 4×4 legs? Also, I am having trouble with the link you posted of the blueprints. I, too, and interested in your ‘cut list’ excel sheet. My email is booksarenerdy at gmail dot com. Thanks!
    • I now only use kiln-dried pine from a local mill. I didn’t use pressure treated 4×4″s because I didn’t think that it would stain well.

      We’ve recently updated our blog so the new link for the blueprints can be found here; http://tommyandellie.com/?p=1693

      The cut list can be found here; http://tommyandellie.com/?p=1949

      And if you’d like to see this same table but made smaller, you can check out a 72″ table I built found here; http://tommyandellie.com/?p=10

      Here’s some other pictures of other tables that I’ve built; http://tommyandellie.com/?page_id=2

      Thanks for looking and let me know if you need anything,


      • I don’t seem to be able to bring up the cut list. Anyway you could help out with it?
      • Dan Williams says:
        I would love a copy of your excel spreadsheet for some reason I’m unable to get the blueprint to open.
        Thanks in advance
        BTW nice work!
        • Darrell Jones says:
          HI Tommy, could I get the excel spreadsheet for your table. I am planning on building one here in the next few weeks…I absolutely hope it turns out as well as yours have. Thanks for sharing


      • Hi Tommy,

        I have wanted to make your table for a couple of years now. I went back to the link I sent and am getting a HTTP 500 error. I will not let me open your detailed plans, cut list, etc. Did you change to a new address? Is there somewhere I can still find these instructions to build the table. Thanks, Tyler

      • Barry Scott says:
        Hey Tommie, I am in the middle of building the Farmhouse table and didn’t really see any instructions about how to attach the apron pieces (end and side) and the support pieces……
      • Barry Scott says:
        Hey Tommie, I am in the middle of building the Farmhouse table and didn’t really see any instructions about how to attach the apron pieces (end and side) and the support pieces……Also, how to attach the benchtop and table top to the bases….
  32. I wish, wish, wish I was this handy! Beautiful, I LOVE It.
  33. Could you please post how to make the bench? Everything came out beautiful!
    • Hi Carly! Here is a link to a blog that Tommy did on how to make the benches. blog.forrent.com/contests/farmhouse-benches-guest-blogger-tommy-sibiga I hope that you find this helpful!

  34. Thanks everybody for all the great comments. I’ve written new and improved building plans for this table with much, much, more details. Stop by our blog and check it for yourself; http://tommyandellie.com/?p=2582


  35. Looks awesome but I can’t tell what type of wood you used. Did you use pine or is it another type of wood?


  36. You did a wonderful job on this “Farmhouse Table” Will you build me one……The style is just like the one I have been wishing for with Pottery Barn. Terrific job….will have to show my brother in law this project.
  37. Wow this table is amazingly beautiful! Exactly what I have been wanting. Thank you so much for sharing it. The link with the measurements won’t open for me. Would you mind emailing me what you have? I really want to try making one myself. Also if you could let me know type of wood and about how many hours it took you to do I would appreciate it! Thanks again
  38. How much ddo you think it cost you to build this?! It’s gorgeous and i want to build something similar but my husband is convinced it would be more expensive to build… 🙂 Beautiful job!
    • Costs is totally dependent on what type of wood you buy and where you buy it from. I buy high quality wood from a local mill and can spend around $250-300 just on lumber. If you buy whatevers on the shelf at Home Depot…you could do it for as little as $150. But afterall, you get what you pay for.
  39. I was wanting to know a rough price range as well! LOVE this Table!!
  40. My wife saw the photos of the table you built and showed them to me. This table resembles the “Dream table” she recently found at a local high priced furniture store. Since I am a do it yourself type person, this has became the priority for me as my next project. Would you please send me your cut plans. I do appreciate you sharing… And I will definitely visit your website for future plans!
  41. Fabulous table! Great job. I have a question: what is the name of the paint used on the walls? Love it! 🙂
  42. karlynn sanders says:
    could you please send me the spreadsheet of the farmhouse table and bench cuts? I want my husband to make this table and bench its absolutely beautiful!! Thanks so much in advance!!
  43. kitchen plumbing says:
    The set should fit in with all the other furniture in the dining room. It should also fit in with the décor in the room. Failure to make sure the set is right for the room means there will be no harmony in the room.
  44. My goodness! This table is amazingly gorgeous! Wish I could just BUY one from you! hehe 🙂 Hubby and myself are so NOT good carpenters, but that is absolutely gorgeous!!! Prettier than any I’ve seen in stores!
  45. Hi,
    I love this table and would like to know what it cost you to make it (not including your labor!!) vs. what it would cost to buy it (ex. restoration hardware)
  46. Great table!!! We have been looking for a design idea so we can build a table that is big enough for my 5 BIG boys and me in my wheelchair to sit around. With the table extension this will work perfectly!! Thank you from Dan and Cammie!
  47. Leigh Anna says:
    Thank you for sharing this! I came across this on pinterest, looking forward to making this gorgeous table!!
  48. Woning huren says:
    Good job!

    I just rented a house. it fits nicely in this table.

  49. Beautiful Table!!

    I know you have already been asked this, but what are the dimensions of the table? I tried clicking on your blog link that you previously posted for that but it didn’t work.. I am wanting to do a table like this myself but am unsure about the dimensions. This looks like a great size!

    What is the length of the table without the extenders? and what is the width of the table..?


  50. Will you make me one?
  51. I was just wondering how many of each piece you needed for table and bench without extensions. Length also? Thank you!!
  52. Amazing! We are going to be starting this project very soon. Thanks for posting something that I have been searching for in stores. Your style matches mine to a tee, so thanks again!
  53. Heather S says:
    Love the table and plan on attempting once in our new home…but I am curious about one more thing…the paint color of your dining room. I love it! Could you tell me the name or possibly the brand paint?
  54. Kendall Colquitt says:
    Hey!! Can you talk about the parsons chairs? I love them! Where did you get them? Did you cover them yourself? Thanks!
  55. Do you also have plans for the bench that is shown with the table?
  56. Marilu Fleming says:
    I love your table. This would be perfect for our new house could you please e-mail your excel sheet for the table and bench please. Thank you in advance
  57. Niki Richie says:
    I am pretty much obsessed with your table! You must be quite the do it your selfer as it looks like a professional table that you could find at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn. Would you consider selling or making another and if so, how much would you charge?
  58. I love your table! I just refinished my table with Special Walnut. I have never heard of Briwax and will have to check it out. Beautiful!


  59. my husband just built the ana white version of this table (using her plans) and i LOVE it. we stained it dark walnut and i ordered the briwax in clear. is that all you used on your table top. it says “not meant for surfaces that come in contact with water”. i love the way your top looks! is it fine as long as water doesn’t sit on it?
  60. Beautiful job. My woodshop has more tools than most men have and somehow want to buy more. I will be building this. Also, the bench is a perfect compliment.
    Keep on building.
  61. Tommy, how did you notch the 4×4 stretchers? Cannot figure it out from pics

    Thanks, Bucky

  62. Choose the dining table material based on what kind of use it will be put to.
  63. Please don’t email me asking for the excel sheet or questions regarding how to build this table without FIRST checking out our own blog. I have tried my best to document and make available every possible resource I can think of to help others recreate a table just like this.

    If you want the excel sheet….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2012/06/28/cut-list-and-shopping-list-for-farmhouse-tables-benches-and-extensions/

    If you want newer and much more detailed plans….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2012/01/13/new-and-improved-farmhouse-table-details/

    If you want the blueprints….go here; http://tommyandellie.com/index.php/2011/09/25/the-blueprints/

    If those links don’t work for you and if you browse around our blog and still don’t find what you’re looking for….then feel free to email me and I’ll help you out as best as I can.

  64. jonathan says:
    how much was this total I am looking into buying a table but if this is a reasonable price to build i will just do that.
  65. Anthony Rios says:
    could you please email me the excel file as well for the table. I am going to start on this soon. We have been looking at a good fix for a table – with a family of 8 I am going to need to make it big for not only the family but also to fit guests as well.
  66. Can you email me the spreadsheet please? My email is akaiser085@gmail.com.


  67. My wife an I just love your table! It is exactly what we have been looking for. Have you considered making them to order and selling? If you would, I’d love to talk with you. please email me at hendry1337@bellsouth.net if that’s something you would do. Thanks!
  68. Nicky Mooney says:
    My boyfriend made this for me this weekend and so far looks great. I used a dark walnut stain and mine looks ALOT darker than the pic above… will the briwax in light brown lighten it? or should I sand it down go over lightly again and then use the briwax? Is the briwax a substitute for polyurethane?
  69. Nicky Mooney says:
    soooo on your reading your post more I understand that the color I saw and liked was the special walnut so now I am waiting for the stupid humidity to go away so I can sand it down and redo it with the special walnut. I hope I can get it the color I wanted, my boyfriend did such a great job and I was responsible for the staining and that hasn’t exactly gone to plan 🙁 boo!
  70. I love this table!!! R u able to custom make it for me?
  71. I was wondering the same thing. I would like to buy the exact table and bench. Please send details. 🙂
  72. Love your finish! We just made a table of our own, but we used poly for the finish. We didn’t love how shiny ours turned out. We’re going to definitely look into using wax for finishes in the future. Nice work!
  73. I would love to try to build this! Can you please send me the plans?!
  74. Love the table! looks awesome! could you plz send the spread sheet to my e-mail? and also some info about the bench. Thanks 🙂
  75. I am so impressed with this table/blog. I have done lots of metal projects in my life even made my living at it but I am not a wood worker in any form or fashion. After reading and looking at this makes me believe I can do this. Tommy, You may have just created a new wood worker, in me. Thanks for sharing.
  76. My husband and I are going to try to make this table! Any specific directions on making the bench?
  77. I would love an email with the spreadsheet and kind of wood you used. Also, how did you get that spot with the curve, one of the pictures you liked. Sander, router, etc?


  78. OMG this is beautiful, you did a fantastic job!!!! Did you also mae the bench and what type of wood did you use? How much did it all cost you when you were done? Oh and the other difference between your table and the ones at Restoration Hardware the hefty price tag!! lol
  79. Mrs.Lewis says:
    Will you come make me one…. this is exactly what I want but my husband wasn’t understanding what I was telling him. Instead I got one made of two 4×8 sheets of oak with pedistal legs. UGH. it’s not the look I am after. Really love this table.
  80. hireeventfurniture says:
    I really like your collection
  81. Dessy Anaiwan @ Appliances Connection says:
    Simple , but looks beautiful. The hard work always results. Great !
  82. I would love your excel spreadsheet as well for this project… nicolel.lemon@gmail.com I’m also wondering roughly how much this table costs in materials it’s goregous!
    • Hello there, it really is a beautiful table! For lists on materials, costs and much more for this project, simply follow the links at the bottom of the blog post and it will show you everything you’ll need to make it for yourself! Thanks!

  83. Nicole Gan says:
    I so love this rustic dining table, matches perfectly the dining room
  84. Klenovica says:
    Hi There,

    It’s great post. Nice collection of tables.

  85. I read your post and it contains very useful information. Thanks for this useful article.
  86. Sea Glass Jewelry says:
    That is one beautiful table.
  87. Bob Can says:
    Hi… Good to see your post. This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about How to Make a DIY Farmhouse Dining Room Table. Keep posting this type of good work.
  88. Looks great! How long did it take you to build this?
  89. stuart johnson says:
    What was the final cost on this project. Looks great!!!!
  90. Hello! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table! My husband and I are excited to build this for our family! Could you please email me the blueprints and excel sheet? I would be very grateful!

    Thank you!

  91. How much for the table?
  92. This was a great way to start off and build a table for my daughter-in-law as my first furniture job! I modified these plans and built a 108″x56″ table plus a 15” extension created seating for 4 and 2 on the ends (no extensions)—yes big is better! A 95″ bench for kids was built for one side. This allows dinners with food on the center of the table leaving plenty of room for plates and glasses and plenty of elbow room. First dinner was Thanksgiving for 12 without the extensions!

    Major changes were raising the table height 1 1/2″s for better leg clearance, elimination of the leg cross pieces (length x width) and created sliding breadboards on each end to allow insertion of table leafs. This eliminated the 2×2’s on the extensions for better storage and the visible table end 2×2 slots!

    I added a second 2×4 between the legs (width) to allow the end of the table’s frame 2×4 to be attached to the breadboard (and not the legs!) and then constructed 2×2’s to act as “slide hardware” as pictured in Tommy and Ellie’s drawings. This allowed support while extending the breadboard out creating the space for insertion of the table leaf. I used wood table pins (tapered) on the breadboard and leaf joints to align the table and leaf when compressed and locked them together with Align-n-Lock cam locks–be aware of hardware close tolerances.

    During glue/screw assembly of the table top boards, I screwed 2-2×4’s from the table frame (pre-cut) to minimize table warping. Lesson learned—-pre-cut your slots in all designated boards and place two of these boards close to the ends. This will be critical to minimize the table ends (4-2×12’s and 2-2×6’s) from moving/warping after aligning and inserting the table pins. This will also help “setting” the table top onto the frame at the correct height. Even then I still had to drill out the receiver holes from minor movement and stain/finish material on/in pins/holes.

    Finishing went from brushing urethane on the bench to $17 Harbor Freight sprayer to finish the table top—best move ever! The finish on the table top was top notch using water based urethane straight from the can! Started project on a Wednesday and moved table and bench in on the following Wednesday afternoon.

    Thanks Tommy and Ellie for a great plan to start off with!

  93. John Anderson says:
    I tried to go to any part of the tommyandellie.com website and it all says that the webpage is down! Is there a new page or are these great plans lost forever?
  94. Hi,

    I bookmarked this DIY table last year. I am now getting ready to attempt to build one myself and get an error when I click on the link for the more detailed blueprints, cut list etc. It says a HTTP500 error. Can anyone advise if there is somewhere new to get the specifics on building this table. It looks awesome and by the comments, there are quite a few people who have tried it and loved the results. Thanks Tyler

  95. I’ve been looking everywhere for this fix! Thanks!
  96. very nice…

    can you show a picture of what the framing looks like under the table top?

    also, when making the table top, were they just simply glued together or screwed together from the underside with pocket screws?

  97. I love the rustic look of the finished wood for the table. Looks like a wonderful way to make a center piece for a dining room set.
  98. Joseph Rohdes says:
    Amazing.. Very nice piece of dining table.I am also interested in making same like that.Great look.
  99. Any instructions on how to make the chairs?
  100. What type of wood did you use?
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  103. What did this whole project cost you?
  104. I love this! Thanks for posting! I need a large table for our new home and I’ve been looking for a table I like and found yours.
  105. This turned out beautiful! I’m curious how much this ended up costing once you were done?
  106. We just made this table. IT.IS.BEAUTIFUL! I was curious about the wax you used. What makes it better than polyurethane?
  107. Has anyone built this and run into a problem with seats at the end, not pushing in enough to actually eat at the table? I’m using this plan to build my own table to seat 10 in a couple of weeks and was curious if someone had any ideas on how to solve that problem? Thanks, love the plan!
    • It still works but you can’t push the chairs in flush. It’s actually fairly comfortable because the beam can become a foot rest. Great for shorter guests. If you really want to use the end spots, it works best with the extensions in place. I can fit 16 large adults typically.
  108. Don Goodnight says:
    How much did this project cost?
    • Hi Don,
      I had spoken to Tommy when he first submitted this amazing blog about the cost, and I think he tallied it all up (supplies and wood from a lumber yard) to come in under $800. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me! If you give this project a shot, good luck and please post pictures here. We’d love to see your work!

  109. haybren.com says:
    Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the challenges.

    It was definitely informative. Your site is very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  110. Dan Delahoyde says:
    The 2×2 extensions do not seem to be as strong as I would have liked. Does anyone have any ideas?
  111. Gorgeous table, the dining room is super awesome as well! May I ask what the paint color is ?
  112. Tung Lung, Wang says:
    Hi, how are you doing ?

    I am looking for a solid wood dinning table in Nature color ( can be used for working table, as well ) , L 230cm Up x W 130cm up, Thickness in 5 to 8 cm !

  113. Alessandro Artibello says:
    Gorgeous Table. I am in the process of making a similar table for my kitchen using reclaimed 2 by 4s. Hope it comes out as nice as this! Just recently finished another outdoor bench project you can check out on my blog: http://mylifeinthe6.com/category/diy/
  114. I love this table. It’s very similar to one I’m currently building for my wife as a surprise. I have a question though… does the stain. Atirually leave darker spots where the distressing is? I want to reproduce the same effect.
  115. Sidra Buchi says:
    Is bri wax the brand name of the dark walnut stain? And then did you also use a different one for the last coat? Briwax wood wax?

    Thanks, I’m new to all this.

  116. I’d part with a hard earned months wage for a table like that, wonderful job!
  117. Nice Dining Table..
  118. Looks great! Just out of curiosity did you have any issues with warping or cracking? I’ve read a lot about bread board ends and it seems pretty universal that it is strongly suggested to build them with floating tennons since you are crossing your wood grain. Just curious on your results. Looks great!



  119. Jorge Moreno says:
    Did you have to remove excess stain before drying or did you let it dry before covering it with Minwax coating?
  120. I love this table. thanks for sharing.


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