I received several requests for the tutorial on building a simple farmhouse table (with just a drill) that was published in the October 2011 issue of Cottages & Bungalows. I just got the “thumbs up” to publish the full tutorial on my blog, so here you go!
What you’ll need:
3 – 1” x 12” x 6’ (top)
2 – 1” x 3” x 64” (apron/frame)
2 – 1” x 3” x 28” (apron/frame)
2 – 1” x 3” x 26 ¼” (bracing)
2 – 1” x 2” x 28” (bracing)
2 – 1” x 3” x 28″ (bracing)
Four pre-turned legs, 29” high
One box self – drilling 1 ¾” wood screws (matching bit included in box)
Fine grit sanding sponge
How to do it:
1. On a level work surface, set out the four pine lumber pieces cut for apron in the shape of a rectangle. The 64” pieces should run parallel to each other and perpendicular to the 28” lengths. Working on one corner at a time, set the two meeting pieces of lumber on end and butt together, forming a right angle. Clamp to work surface to hold in place. If clamps aren’t available, have one person hold the pieces tightly together while another screws them in place. The 28” length should be on the outside of the joint and three self-drilling screws will be inserted through it into the end of the 64” piece. A scrap piece of lumber can be used to prevent clamps from marring the wood. Repeat on three other corners, making sure the joints meet in the same manner as the first joint.
2. Place a pre-turned table leg on each inside corner of the rectangular frame. One at a time, clamp leg tightly into place and insert four self-drilling wood screws from each side corner. Position screws so one doesn’t run into another. Repeat with other three legs.
3. Determine which side of the 12” wide planks will make the top of the table and lay all three face down on work surface. Place two to three medium-sized nails between each board to ensure even spacing. Lumber can be butted tightly together, but this slight gap will enhance the cottage look of the table. Place assembled table frame and legs upside down on table top, centering it. There should be a 3” overhang on all sides. Position two 1” x 2” x 28″ pieces inside rectangular frame. Lay them flat to underside of table, each spaced about 1 ½ feet off center. Screw into underside of table top. Place each 1” x 3” x 28″ piece perpendicular to brace just screwed into table top. Screw into place at each end through table apron and into flat brace. Insert two last brace pieces (1″ x 2″ x 26 1/4″) , laying them flat between the legs at each end. Drive screws through apron into each brace and screw to table top.
4. Use a putty knife and wood filler to fill screw holes. Allow filler to dry and then sand smooth with a sanding sponge. Use the sanding sponge to smooth any rough edges of the wood. Optional: A decorative edge can be created on the table top by a router, if desired.
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