Every once in awhile, I get to build vicariously through my friends, family, and readers. This DIY Square Farmhouse Table is one such project. My good friend, fellow singer/songwriter, Nashville neighbor, runner and yogi extraordinaire, Amy Courts reached out to me to help her modify Ana White’s famous farmhouse table plans to fit her needs and her space. In short, she wanted to build a square farmhouse table but didn’t feel comfortable enough modifying the existing plans on her own, so she asked me for help and I was thrilled to oblige.
Check out what Amy built for her dining room:
- (2) 4 x 4 x 6 Ft. Boards
- (5) 2 x 4 x 8 Ft. Boards
- (6) 2 x 8 x 8 Ft. Boards
- 2 1/2-inch Pocket Hole Screws
- 3-inch Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Wood Plugs
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Drill with Countersink Drill Bit
- Circular Saw
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- (4) 4 x 4 @ 29 inches (legs)
- (2) 2 x 4 @ 47 inches (side stretchers)
- (4) 2 x 4 @ 40 inches (aprons)
- (1) 2 x 4 @ 43 inches (middle stretcher)
- (3) 2 x 4 @ 42 inches (tabletop supports)
- (8) 2 x 8 @ 43 1/2 inches (tabletop)
- (2) 2 x 8 @ 58 inches (breadboards)
Cut and notch out the 4 x 4 legs. To notch out the stretcher joint as shown, set your circular saw to blade depth of 1 1/2-inches. Make the top and bottom cuts first, then cut every 1/4-inch with the saw. Use a chisel to remove the remaining material and clean up the notch. If you can, practice on a scrap piece of wood first.
Notch out the side stretchers as shown, then attach to the legs. Use 3” wood screws and wood glue. Countersink screw heads and use wood plugs to conceal. Do both ends.
Drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the aprons as shown. Attach to the legs with 2 ½” pocket hole screws and glue.
Build the carcass by drilling 1 ½” pocket holes into the remaining two aprons and attach to legs with 2 ½” pocket hole screws and glue.
Attach the stretcher with 3” wood screws. You may want to countersink these and use wood plugs to cover the screw heads.
Add the table top supports. Drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the 2x4s and attach to carcass with 2 ½” pocket hole screws and glue.
Build the table top. Drill 1 ½” pocket holes along one edge, spaced about 6-8” apart. Clamp joints as you attach with 2 ½” pocket hole screws. Measure and cut breadboards to fit and attach with 2 ½” pocket hole screws.
Attach table top by drilling 2 ½” pocket hole screws from aprons and supports to table top. There will be a 5 ½” overhang on all sides. Notice that the breadboard ends are on the same ends as the stretcher bars.
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