Style Revamp wanted to design a functional and stunning farm table that would work in any family space.
The family table is the connection point in the home. It is where the exchange of conversations occur; ideas are shared, relationships flourish, and your voice is heard. It is an opportunity to build trust, love, and encouragement in one another. Your table does not have to be fancy or expensive. It can be as simple as a picnic table or a homemade DIY functional farm table built from 2 x 4’s & 2 x 8’s. Our idea of a family table is a surface that is rustic, worn, and overflows with character and grab’s you at hello!
We are super excited to share how this project turned out. The inspiration for this design came from two talented DIY wood working sisters at Shanty2Chic. They built a beautiful farm table that we fell in love with and just had to find someone to build it for, or it would have been me. You must jump over to their website and take a peek for yourself. They even provide the design plans for the table and benches too. The benches are beautiful. Hopefully, they will appear in our home one day soon:)
Our clients (friends) needed a table for their dining room, and they also fell in love with the Shanty2Chic design plans. The farm table design needed to be functional for our clients space, mobile, and of stunning. In addition, they desired off white and light grey color tones to compliment their interior space. So this required a few changes to the existing farm table design plans.
The dimensions for this table needed to be 33″ x 78″ x 30″ height with the 4 swivel casters. The swivel casters add another layer of texture and character to this stunning table. Oh, and of course make it mobile.
Why this design?
We made two decisions that changed our approach to this project: First, the table that inspired us was 37″ x 96″ x 30″ high. Our table needed to fit in a smaller space and had to be mobile. Our dimensions are 32″ x 78″ x 30″ high which included 4″ swivel casters. What this meant, is that the material dimensions provided in the plans would be a little different for the table we were designing. The second change was the table top. This table would be a place for homework and crafts, so we chose to have a smooth top without surface variations. Typically lumber purchased from your local lumber yard is milled and comes with an “eased” edge. When these edges are joined, they form a slight groove or channel. Normally this is a standard furniture feature and, in fact, is on our dining room table at home. Sadly, however, when writing, it is a great place for a pencil to poke through the paper and can be somewhat frustrating. So, the eased edges needed to be removed for our plan.
The Farm Table Pedestal Base
We call this the “X” piece. (#1) If you divide it vertically down the middle, it looks like 2 back-to-back “K’s” made from 2x4s. These “K” pieces are the first thing that you make… you make 4 of them, 2 for each pedestal. I used 2 ½” wood screws and glue to assemble. Now make the “X” piece by gluing and nailing 2 “K” pieces back to back. I used 2 ½” nails with a nail gun. Now you can assemble the (#2) and (#3) horizontal pieces as shown using glue and 2” wood screws. When finished, you will have 2 pedestal ends as pictured. You are now ready to assemble the cross pieces to complete the table base.
Assemble the (#2 and #4) horizontal cross pieces of lumber to the pedestal end (#1) using 8 – 8” head lock bolts. We predrilled pilot holes through the pedestal ends and let the head lock bolts self-tap (this means a screw that can tap it’s own hole as it is driven into it) which creates it’s own hole into the horizontal pieces for a very tight fit. The diagonal pieces (#3) of lumber were similarly attached to the horizontal pieces using 6” headlock bolts. Again, we drilled a pilot hole and let the bolt self-tap to the horizontal piece for a tight connection. Your table base is built. You are ready to putty and sand as necessary before the finishing process.
The Farm Table Top:
The table top was built using 2×8 pieces of lumber:
- Position boards on a flat surface and cut biscuit slots every six inches along the length of each board. Spread glue along the edge of each board including the biscuit slots. Insert biscuits into each slot. Clamp all boards together using 4 ratchet straps equally spaced along the table top. (apologies that we do not have detail photos for these steps…the hubby moved to quickly and the camera crew missed that piece):)
- Allow 4 hours for glue to dry. Then, with a straight edge and circular saw, trim each end of the table to create a clean flush edge. Insert biscuits every six inches, this causes the top surface of each board to become flush with each board adjacent to it. Note: this table needed to have a smooth surface finish with no pocket holes or notches.
- Breadboard End: This is a 2×4 attached and located at each end of the table top that runs crosswise to the direction of the main table top. Clamp and drill the breadboard end to the table top with 8-inch head lock bolts and glue.
We secured the table top in place with wood clamps (#1) until it was attached. The head lock bolts (#2) were drilled in place at the end of the table to add another element of of bling which works nicely. We placed 3 on each end of the table. We removed the pre-drilled table top for the finishing process.
Finishing the Farm Table:
We wanted the table to have a vintage look so, Annie Sloan’s chalk paint fit the bill. We used this 4 step process:
- Minwax Pre Stain Conditioner followed by a Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.
- The next step is to dry brush paint with Annie Sloan’s Old White leaving a fair amount of the stain still showing through.
- This is followed by an even lighter brushing of French Linen.
- These 2 steps are subject to your personal taste but in the end, you are left with a really cool looking vintage table. The last step is to wax using an Annie Sloan clear wax…
We attached the table base to the top with 4 ½” head bolts. Again, we pre-drilled the base and let the bolts self-tap to the top. The last step is to attach the casters using 4 – 1 ½ x ¼” lag bolts and viola….finished! The casters allow this table stunning farm table to be functional too.
This project requires lumber that has been kiln dried (marked KD) because green lumber used in furniture will split apart as it dries over time. We also wanted fewer and smaller knots in the wood, so we needed a select grade. Our local lumber yard did not have all the necessary dimensions in stock and had to special order what we needed. The good news is that it wasn’t expensive and only took a few days to receive. This lumber can also be found at Home Depot. Here is a list of the materials and tools we used:
- (7 ) -2″x4″x8′ KD select Doug fir:
- (4) -2″x10″x8′ KD select Doug fir:
- (2) -1″x4″x8′ KD select Doug fir: 3″, 2.5″, and 2″ wood screws:
- 2″ finish nails ( I used a pneumatic nail gun )
- #80 sanding belts (for a belt sander)
- #120 and #220 sandpaper
- #20 biscuits (for a plate/biscuit joiner)
- 4.5″ and 6″ head lock bolts (14)
- Swivel Casters 4-with 2 locking casters
- Elmer’s wood glue
- Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- Annie Sloan Calk Paint Old White and French Linen
- Annie Sloan Clear Wax
- Paint Brushes for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
- Paint Brushes for Minwax
- Minwax wood putty neutral
- 10″ portable table saw: (mine is the Ridgid 10″)
- 10″ miter saw: (any circular saw will work)
- Cordless drill and driver:
- Biscuit Joiner:
- Belt Sander:
- Orbital Sander:
- Wood Clamps: Straight edge: ( I used a 4′ level)
- Dust masks and Safety glasses: (SAFETY FIRST)
- Ratchet Straps:
Phew…this was one of our longer posts..If you would like a DIY “how to build” please e-mail us at Style Revamp.
This stunning and functional farm table design was the perfect solution for our client’s space. Hopefully, this table will be the foundation for many projects, family gatherings, and many conversations. Thank you to Shanty2Chic for the inspiration, we love this table. Also, thank you to our sweet, amazing clients for making this design fall into place. Love you to pieces:)