Farmtable

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My favorite piece of furniture in our house is easily my dining room table.  We made it with supplies for home depot and saved ourselves approximately $3,100 in the process.

Once the new year rolled around, it was time to consider the seating situation.  We really enjoy having other families over to eat, but often the addition of even one family overwhelmed our table.  This meant some of the kids were eating at the island, and while I’m sure they loved it, I really like keeping everyone together at the table.

I found a table I liked on Pinterest, and after clicking through saw it was from Restoration Hardware   Gulp.  I loved the table, but spending more on tables than on cars, not now. After googling around, we found many people had actually made this table, and Jared had a few days off so we decided to give Ana White’s farmhouse table plans a try.  Let me tell you, her plans are amazing.  So fun and easy to follow — when we were done, we were looking for things to make, just so we could do it again.

We cleared everything out of the dining room and taped out a shape on the floor of a table.  We knew we wanted it as big as possible, while still being able to comfortably move around the table dishing out the goods to the little people, when necessary.  We put chairs around our tape table, and after a few days, called it good on the size.

Once we knew the size of our table, we adjusted our supply list from her plans, and hit the store.  We were able to get everything we needed from a big box hardware store (can’t remember which one!), except the wood for the legs.  We briefly talked about using two 2×4 for the legs but decided to hold out for 4″ posts. When selecting our wood, at the insistence of JLD we were very, very careful to select the straightest possible boards they had in the store.  This required checking out every. single. 2×12 in the store (let me tell you we were their favorite customers for the day) but it made a huge difference when putting together the table.

Did we find legs?  The rest of the details, click below.

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After calling around we were able to find exactly what we were looking for at a specialty hardware store in the area and we were all set with supplies.

We did most of the construction in the garage in an effort to contain the mess.  At one point we started to realize — this table is HUGE, we will never get it through the door. (so officially, we can never move)

IMG_3485So we moved it into the dining room for final assembly and staining.

After we completed all of Ana’s plans, we realized no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t get the boards to lay flush with one another, side to side.  (this included, sanding, cutting and planing with an instrument that looks like a cheese slicer)

We decided to use wood filler down the line where each board meets to fill in the small gaps of varying sizes that existed between the boards.  The filler accepted stain very well and I’m glad we decided to go that route.

The original table boasted that it came pre-weathered, from reclaimed wood with charm, so we had no choice but to show it our best charm.  This involved hammers, chains, keys, and of course — kids.  Fun part.

All gussied up for dinner.  IMG_0121

It is two years old now, and has held up beautifully in that, it’s-perfect-for-taking-a-beating, way.

Have you ever built something from Ana White’s web site?  How did it go?

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