Picture of Build a Farmhouse Table
A farmhouse table has a wonderful aura of warmth and history.  After completing my window seat, I decided to build one.  A table is a relatively simple project and here's how I built mine.  

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Step 1: Making the table legs

Picture of Making the table legs
In my design, I considered 3 different types of legs made from 30" long cedar 4x4s.  (You could use other types of wood including gluing three 2x4s together to make solid legs.)  The simplest design was to cut the legs to length and use the 4x4s square.  Second was to taper the two inside surfaces and third was to taper all four surfaces.  I ended up tapering all 4 sides on my bandsaw.  The cut line begins 4" from the top and removes 1/2" at the bottom.  Pic 2 shows how little I removed.  I wanted the legs to have "shape" while remaining stout in appearance and this slight taper seemed about right.  Pic 2 also shows the levelers in the bottom of these legs which were salvaged from a previous project.  I decided to leave the levelers and shortened the legs a bit.

My table saw cannot cut a leg this thick without making 2 passes so I tapered them on my bandsaw.  The bandsaw leaves a rougher finish and that looked even better on this rustic table.  I made a quick and dirty jig to cut the legs which you can see in pic 3.  The jig has a runner which slides in the miter track of the bandsaw table.  Two hold downs were sufficient to secure the leg to the jig.  I anchored an L-shaped block & a long block for positioning the leg on the jig.  Once you've cut away 2 sides, the long block is no longer accurate and it becomes necessary to line up your mark on the bottom of the leg with the edge of the jig before clamping.   

Because these legs were salvaged they had old screw holes in them which were filled prior to painting.  In retrospect, it probably would have looked cool to just leave them.  I lightly sanded the legs with 100 & 150 grit sandpaper which smoothed them without removing all the saw marks.  One coat of chalk paint and 2 coats of clear Briwax was used to finish the legs.  Briwax yellows the finish a bit which aged the paint nicely.  Between coats of Briwax I sanded through the paint on some of the edges with 100 grit paper to show wear.  
How are the pocket screws holding up on your legs? Are you concerned that that method might weaken over time?
kentdvm (author)  MonkeyMcBean1 month ago

Doing fine. I don't expect the pocket screws to fail or loosen over a typical period of time. They make a very solid joint especially if you also glue the joint. Compared to mortise and tenon a pocket screw will fail sooner under severe stress, however they are easier to repair than M&T which blow out. So I expect long use from this table unless a bunch of heavy people start dancing on it and the old wood will probably break first.

Can you tell me what you used specifically to get the wood to be that color?..
kentdvm (author)  Slice Of Life1 year ago
Bullseye amber shellac.
tyreedaddy1 year ago
Great job, I love the butterfly.
mnmama1 year ago
Very beautiful. Maybe soon you could show us how you did the butterfly? I've seen the results before, but not how to do it. Thanks for the good idea.
kentdvm (author)  mnmama1 year ago
Thanks. I'll do that soon. Couldn't find an instructable on inlay technique so it's needed.
this is seriously beautiful and awesome. well done!
Mackramer2 years ago
Very cool table and something I'd like to try. Note of caution to investigate proper protection when handling suspected lead paint. Thanks for sharing.
Absolutely gorgeous!
kentdvm (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you!
CementTruck2 years ago
I love butterfly inlays. I've been putting off a dining room table build for the last few years. I think you may have just pushed me into action with this 'ible. Now I just need to find seating for 10-12 people because it will be in the "formal" dining room. I have 10 Ikea chairs but they have gotten rickety over time. Maybe rustic bench seating?

Great job!
kentdvm (author)  CementTruck2 years ago
Benches are all the rage. In essence we are using our window seat as a bench on one side and it works great. The great thing about a rustic table is if you screw up it looks better! Have fun!