Renaissance Man

First, I have to start out by saying my husband rocks. He cooks, he builds things, he laughs at my jokes. But… I have to say that husband and I have some differences of opinion the latest DIY in the Sell household. It took like 3-weeks, and the online tutorial said it would take 3 days. Fail. I saw the lower end of that spectrum and was like – rock and roll, baby!! But husband turned this into avoid crazy pregnant women who might either be 1) crying 2) hysterically laughing or 3) very mad at him for eating the last of the ice cream, which is obviously reserved for knocked up parties only. Or all of the above, also possible.

So, you know, I can’t really blame him. In the end, all’s well that ends well and considering I now have a kitchen table to eat my smorgeshborg of pregnancy cravings on – I’ll call that a win. I told y’all that I would provide a bob the builder play by play on our table – so here it is.

Spoiler alert, it turned out loverly.

DIY Farmhouse Table

Notice the green trees? Yes, you caught me, this photo was taken while back 😀 See the processed trees though, in the front left portion of the picture?

That would be the supplies for this handy little project. Basically a bunch of cheap framing lumber from Home Depot. Score.

DIY Farmhouse Table

If you all have not checked out Ana White’s website, stop what you’re doing right now and go find something and build it. I mean, this women has everything your heart could imagine.

Now we knew that we’d need to tweak the plans quite a bit to get the table dimensions and look/feel we were going for, but over all, we used this plan to build our table.

The supplies we need for our version of the table were:

  • (3) 2x6x8′
  • (1) 2x8x8′
  • (2) 2x4x8′
  • (2) 4x4x8′
  • 2″ Kreg pocket screws
  • Glue
  • Your choice of stain/poly (we used Golden Oak)

This was one of many projects that needed a new tool – this time, a kreg jig. We picked up our knock off version at Harbor Freight.

How to use a kreg jig

The jig allows you to essentially embed the screw into the wood, so it’s not visible at all once the construction is complete.

Like, so. Voila, it just disappears.

How to Use Kreg Jig

For the specifics on how to build the table, reference the link from Ana White’s webpage, here. We changed the dimensions to better suite our specific room, and we removed the bottom end pieces, in order to fit in flanking chairs for the end (so it sits 6, instead of 4).

Jay did do a few things differently on the construction of the table though, which gave us much nicer results than if we would have just cobbled it together (ahem, in 3-days, vs. 3-weeks) like the tutorial.

First, this man planed that wood like a boss.

How to Use a Hand Plane

Like shavings for weeks. Since the wood recommended for this DIY is the cheapest lumber available, it was not so hot looking in many ways. Jay bird took it upon himself to level everything out and make it look spicy nicey with his wood plane.

Second, Jay wanted to perfect the boards a bit more to make sure the crack action in between wouldn’t be out of control.

This is how the boards looked without any modification:

Building Farmhouse Table

This is how they looked after Jay took a tiny bit off, to get a tighter seam.

How to Build a table

Just thinking of all the crumbs and mess that is sure to be all over our tables down the road, this tweak was so worth it.

Notice how much smoother the boards are as well? I think Jay spent half the project time sanding these babies down so they were nice and smooth and ready for the stain.

So one cheat we made was using Elmer’s Glue, believe it or not :) It takes a bit longer to dry than wood glue, but it’s sticky power is just the same and we had it in the house already. A dollar saved, man.

Using Elmers Glue

After each piece of wood was prepped and ready to go, we attached them individually and clamped each piece until it was dry.

How_To_Make_Farmhouse_Table

We love how the table turned out, and after being table-less for a few months, we’re also pretty darn spanking happy to have a hard surface to eat our meals on! 😀

Golden Oak Minwax Stain

Who else is an Ana White fan-atic. What have you guys built from her plans?