Rustic Farmhouse Style Dining Table




We just moved into our new house and we decided that the dining room would have a rustic theme. The lady wanted a farmhouse style table. I got the plans from Ana White website ( There are detailed instructions on the site, so I'll just list out the variations that I made and the equipment I used.


- Miter Saw. I have a 12" Dewalt, came in handy when chopping the 4x4s.

- Orbital Sander

- Drill/Impact driver

- Kreg Jig

- Kreg Jig HD

- Safety glasses, hearing protection, breathing mask


- 2.5" kreg screws

- 2.5" Kreg pocket hole screws (For the 4x4s)

- 6" torq screws

- 4.5" torq screws

- 80, 150, 220 grit sanding sheets

- stain. I used the ash stain from MinWax.

More pictures and instruction at

DiyPete also has a detailed list of instructions for building this table. He's changed the plans to make the table wider.

Step 1: Step 1: Make the Cuts

I generally cut the wood to length per the plans before I start assembling. Once I had all the cuts I needed, I sanded each wood piece, using grits 80, 150 and finally 220.

Step 2: Step 2: Connect the Pieces

For the base, I used the 6" torq screws to connect the 4x4s. I used the Kreg HD kit to connect the 4x4 and 2x4 support beams at the base of the table.

I connected the top boards using the 2 1/2" kreg screws.

Step 3: Variation: Add Bread Board Support

The original plans don't call for bread board support, the bread boards are supported only via the top board.

I cut 4 4x4 sections of length 8", with one end angled at 10 degrees. I then glued and screwed in the supports under the bread boards, as shown in the final picture.

Step 4: Step 3: Place and Stain

The table is extremely heavy and we have a normal sized door to the dining room. So we disassembled the table and moved it inside piece by piece. Once inside, I placed the top board on the floor, and inverted the base onto it. I then screwed in the base to the top board using the 4.5" torq screws.

Flipping it over took a lot of effort because of the weight, but once it was set up, I stained it. For the finish, I went with high gloss oil based polyurethane.



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Some comments on Ana White suggest that the method of putting the table together Doesn't allow for contraction and expansion from humidity. Does anyone have that problem? I want to make this to use on my backyard patio.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, the plans do not allow for expansion/contraction. The table I built does have some shifts now. I'm planning on taking the table apart and replacing it with another table that I'll build. Basically, you want to allow about an eight of an inch for a joint side to expand/contract.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    You may as well add a link back to your benches from here as well.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It's ash minwax. I coated it with tea, and then gave it a nice layer of vinegar and steel wool solution that I kept for a week. In retrospect, I could have applied the stain directly. It was a fun experiment though.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Ah very cool experiment for sure. I like the ash finish a lot...I tried walnut minwax on an end table I just made, but it's just too dark. I'll consider sanding and using ash; thanks for the reply!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This looks gorgeous! Ana White has always got some great stuff.

    Did you snap any photos of the build process? Those would be great to add to the steps, if you had some.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the building process. I'm still setting up my shop, and I built this table while tools were all over the place, so couldn't get around to taking pictures. But I'll post the instructable for the accompanying benches soon, and I'll be sure to add pictures there. The build should be similar, just on a smaller scale.