Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Farmhouse Table Q&A

It’s farmhouse table Q&A time!

How to Build a Farmhouse Table

Did you use a tutorial/plan?  Yes, the Big Ur plan from Ana White

Did you make any modifications to the plan?  Yes, we added the “breadboard” on the end (the addition of the horizontal boards in place of all vertical boards.) (In Ana’s directions, there is a 2x3.  Nate cut the ends to the same length as that 2x3.)

How to Build a Farmhouse Table, metal chairs

How long did the table take to build/finish?  4-5 hours for building.  1 hour of sanding.  30-45 minutes for staining. 1 hour total for 3 coats of poly. 

How to Build a Farmhouse Table

What would you do differently during the building process?  Nate tells me he would have focused more on making the boards even.  After the assembly, the boards were slightly uneven.  Nothing some sanding couldn’t fix.  Nate and his dad used a belt sander, hand sander, and a planar to make the table level.

What kind of wood did you use?  Whitewood. Stud grade.  We wanted a rustic look so imperfections in the wood were actually a good thing.

What stain did you use? Minwax Red Mahogany

What poly did you use?  Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Satin

What did you learn from your first major staining project?  It’s important to wipe off any excess stain.  Amateurs.  We wanted a dark color so we left more stain on than we should have.  The result was a tacky table.  After some Googling, we applied a second coat and wiped off the excess.  This worked.  No more tackiness.

How much did it cost to build the table?  The lumber was $45. The stain and poly were about $20-25 total.

Where are the chairs from?  The chairs are the Jackson Tub Chair from World Market.

Do the chairs feel short?  Nope. They just look short because they don’t have tall backs.  Eye trickery.  The shortness bothered me at first but they are super comfortable and I love the metal with the table.  This is my “Bring me food!” pose…


 Will Nate build me a table?  Nate doesn’t think he has enough time in the day for custom table orders….mainly because I fill his time with crazy projects.  Oops!

Any other questions?  Who’s glad it’s a short work week this week?


  1. The table looks great! I really loved how it turned out. I've been asking my husband to make one for our house. I showed him Ana's site, and his only question is what type of wood to use.

  2. Table looks great! What type of wood did you use?

  3. it seriously looks amazing and i am completely digging those chairs! and the rug...and everything about the feel of that area now! ALSO- total props to Nate (or you if it was your call) to put in that end piece. i think it really takes it up a notch!

  4. We used Whitewood. (I added the info to the post. Thanks!)

  5. Oh my, I LOVE it! So, so, so pretty. Great job! Now I want one, too :-(

  6. My wife is the same way...I have too many projects lined up to do. :-)

  7. It looks so good! I like the modification you made to it. I keep wanting to make something from Ana white, but my husband just got a job at a furniture store... I already have a stash of printouts of things I want/need!

    I really love all of the rustic changes going on in your house and can't wait to see your light fixtures up!

  8. I told you I have the exact same table and if I told you how much I paid for it Nate might reconsider doing custom orders:) So talented!

  9. Love it! You two are so talented, I love the industrial chairs with it too. Great job.

  10. Congratulations on the great table! I love how it looks with the new chairs.

    I know it is not polite to ask how much something cost (please don't tell my Mother, she'd be so embarrassed), but I can't be the only one wondering. What was the final cost of the table?


    PS I enjoy your blog so much. I'm from Ankeny, Iowa originally and am stuck living elsewhere for now. I like the little daily reminders of home.

  11. So awesome! What a great project.

  12. I still don't think the chairs look low. I think they look perfect.

    And I love the table. It's fabulous.

    And I'm not included in the "Nate's not going to make any more for you" comment, right? Because you kind of already committed. And why should you get all the cool things? Just because you married him? ;)

  13. How could I forget price? The lumber was $45. The stain and poly were about $20-25 total.

  14. So I'm going to have to tell Chris that it took your husband less than a day to finish an entire dining table. Nothing like a little friendly competition to motivate him to finish my side tables, right? Seriously, what is taking him so long???

  15. Love this!! I love Ana's site too...I quit buying furniture last year and started building it! Your table makes me want to build a table now. Except I'm the builder, not the hubs, so that just means more work for me!

    Ps...the rug is amazing! I saw your rug pins...I definitely like this choice!

  16. This is what I want. In my house. Now. The table is gorg and I'm jealous of your furniture building-dude. And the chairs...where are they from? I'm gonna go ahead and assume you found them at a some industrial-chic roadside barn sale that only exists in your town, right? Because that's my luck :)


  18. Gorgeous table!!!! Simplicity equals elegance:)

  19. I found this via Pinterest. I LOVE it it looks fantastic! I hope you don't mind me asking a couple of questions: why did you choose the beadboard on the ends and did you seal it (if so what with)? Ok that was three questions! Seriously great job!


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