DIY Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table





Introduction: DIY Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table

About: The Builder - 29 year old former NFL athlete turned full time Builder. Specializing in Industrial style Reclaimed furniture and Industrial design aesthetic.


I'm back with another Farmhouse style dining table. Except this time i change it up, and instead of the standard "X" or "H" style, I add some curves to the base.

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Step 1: Top Glue Up : Mill Stock

Choose your wood. If using reclaimed remove all of the nails, if you cannot remove them hit them below the face of the wood.

Step 2: Top Glue Up : Glue Up and Flatten

Glue up top in thirds. After drying relief cut the bottom if there is still any twice. Use a planer sled to flatten bottom of 3 sections. Glue up whole top. Then once dry cut the table to size.

Step 3: The Base : Cut Lumber Down to Rough Size

Mill down stock for base, rough cut, joint, plane, and saw to size.

Step 4: The Base : Glue Up Pedestal Parts

Glue up parts for the pedestal. Let dry, then flatten and square with the jointer, planer, and mitre saw.

Step 5: The Base : Joinery and Curves

Mark the curves on the blanks for the pedestal. Layout joinery for the mortises, and cut with domino or dowel. Then proceed to cut the curves on the bandsaw. Smooth on oscillating spindle sander and with hand sander. Glue up using the cutoffs from the bandsaw.

Step 6: The Base :Assembling the Feet

Measure out lap joints on table feet. Cut on mitre saw or with table saw. Join crosses with glue and screws. Mark out and cut chamfer on feet.

Step 7: The Base : Joinery

Joint and glue up sub base. Layout and cut joinery for posts. Pre- drill and countersink for curves joinery. Join with 3" screws

Step 8: Final Sanding and Finish

Sand top and fill any voids with epoxy. Sand dried epoxy and then finish with favorite finish. Attach your top and you're done!



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13 Discussions

nice work, i like the curved legs

Love it!! Looks like I need a few more tools in my workshop - darn. :-)

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This is awsome... I have most of the stuff to begin the table, today.

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11 months ago

Impressive work. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to make a tabletop from used boards.

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Paragraph at the bottom of Step 2 says: "After drying relief cut the bottom if there is still any twice." What are you trying to say here?? Can you clarify??

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Love your table. You say to flatten the bottoms of the top surface. Did you intentionally want the top surface that you intend to use to not be flat? I was looking at the upward bow of one of the boards and imagined placing a glass on it and finding it a bit unstable. Is that just the photo? Regardless a beautiful table.Thanks for the instructable.

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Hey! Thanks for the kind words. The table itself it "flat" with subtle variations in the top. The client wanted the saw marks and look to be as it is. So in order to do that and not cut the top super thin, this is the compromise. Typically I would just replace boards but with the White Oak it got a bit expensive