A farmhouse table is the perfect finishing piece for a rustic dining room.
If you're a woodworker, building one doesn't have to break the bank. We gathered 19 DIY farmhouse table plans below- many of them cost under $200 to build.
We did notice some common and avoidable errors, particularly regarding warping and cracking.
Check out this Reddit thread for deeper insight- it's best to do some research so your table doesn't crack up in a year's time.
There are some pretty cool options on this list. #18 is an outdoor farmhouse deck design; #16 is actually a farmhouse vanity blueprint; #13 is a country design with gorgeously curved legs; and #10 is a circle-style table.
Whatever your taste, these benches can be an ambitious undertaking for a beginner. Scroll through, click the 'View Plans' button and get access to the free step-by-step instructions!
This seating is the perfect accompaniment to a rustic dining table. This isn’t difficult to build; the only supplies needed are a miter saw, kreg jig, sander, drill, wood, screws, and paint or stain. To make this at home, cut your wood or buy it pre-cut to the measurements, assemble the top, add a breadboard or other supports, then complete the finishing touches. You need to sand the wood, stain it, and apply multiple coats of polish or wax.VIEW PLANS
A great DIY project for novice builders, this should only take around eight hours to make and less than a hundred dollars. The list of tools required is a bit extensive — you will need things like stain pads, a hand sander, clamps, pliers, a drill gun, skill saw, etc. Most importantly, this builder suggests handpicking your wood yourself and choosing lumber that isn’t damaged or bowed. Because these instructions are so detailed, you can easily lengthen or shorten this table to your family’s needs.VIEW PLANS
This table is also easy to make. This designer used pine, as it is affordable and holds up well over time. To construct this, simply cut your wood, join the pieces together, skirt the edges, countersink the screw holes, add support underneath the top, then attach the legs and base. If you want a worn look, you can distress the surface using things like hammers and chains. Finally, stain this whatever color you want and let it dry overnight. This tutorial also comes with a helpful video.VIEW PLANS
Another good DIY idea for beginners, this features a simple design and easily accessible supplies. The builder recommends using lumber that is specifically for furniture, like kiln dried heat treated lumber. You can also get this cut to size upon buying them. To connect everything together, you’ll need to use biscuits and breadboards. This also has a removable top to make moving this easier, as the wood is very heavy and the whole unit is difficult to transport around the house.VIEW PLANS
This dining table is a great centerpiece for the home and easy to make. This designer chose to use cedar, but you can use any wood of your choice. Simply construct the legs, make the aprons, assemble the base, construct the top, and put everything together. Aprons are what the connects the legs to the base and the sides of the structure. This shouldn’t take more than one day to finish and will last a lifetime.VIEW PLANS
If you’re on a budget, try salvaging some old wood or repurpose some that you already have. Just be sure to clean it very thoroughly — you are going to be eating food off this surface. This builder upcycled some barn wood, ceiling plank, mattress toppers, and even shower curtains. A combination of screws and wood glue works perfectly here. The base of the table supports the top with two 2×4’s cross railed together; this provides a strong foundation and country charm.VIEW PLANS
This dining area is on the larger side and fitting if you like to entertain often. Standard materials are needed — 2×4’s, Kreg screws, a circular saw, etc. While assembly isn’t super difficult, this makes a great relaxing weekend project. Build the base, add skirting and top bracers, cut and assemble the top, add breadboards, then sand and paint. As the builder explains, this is cheap to make considering buying a table like this would cost you three times the amount of money.VIEW PLANS
Perfect for those lacking space, this has a classic and natural appeal without the overwhelming size of traditional tables. This DIY project includes diagrams and exact measurements so you can easily recreate this yourself. You’ll need a Kreg jig, lots of wood, screws, wood glue, and a circular saw. If you want to distress the legs like this designer did, scratch it with some sandpaper. There is also space underneath for storage bins — you can make those yourself or buy them.VIEW PLANS
This creative beside stand costs less than $100 to build and even features a hardwired lamp. As expected, you’ll need around ten different pieces of wood, wood glue, a kreg jig, drawer pulls, screws, and a few more things. All of these materials can be found at Home Depot or even on Amazon. This only took the builder around four hours to make, though he stained and polished this daily, letting it dry overnight and then applying new coats.VIEW PLANS
This traditional circular table is great for family dinners and all kinds of entertaining. Made of white oak, it is a bit pricey to build but a great DIY project for a skilled crafter. Required materials include wood glue, biscuits, pipe clamps, sealer, a band saw, kreg jig, and dowels. Considering humidity and storage conditions, this builder connected the table top and base loosely though securely — this will let the wood expand and contract with temperature changes and remain secure.VIEW PLANS
This designer had an old dinner table that was literally on its last leg — so he repurposed the wood and built a new one. A very cost effective DIY idea, this requires you to dismantle your old table, build a different frame, craft the table top, then finish it off with stains and paint. The benches that accompany this are also easy to make; simply scale down the measurements to your desired size. This is a great dining area for inside or outside.VIEW PLANS
Any well built wooden table is going to be expensive, so why not make it yourself? This designer spent around $100 to make this. While he used pine, he suggests doing some research to find out what type of wood is best for you. While pine is cheaper and stains well, it isn’t super durable. Once you have your wood, cut it to size, make the legs, build the top, make aprons, sand it all, and apply finishing touches.VIEW PLANS
This dining area offers a classic look with a curved base. This DIY project is fitting for an experienced builder, as you’ll need to use a variety of tools like a drill, miter saw, impact driver, spindle sander, etc. To construct, cut the lumber, glue the pedestal, carve the joints and curves, assemble the feet, join everything, and add any finishing touches. Depending on the look you want, vary your sanding and polishing techniques on different areas of the top.VIEW PLANS
Crafted out of walnut and alder, this dining setup is not easy to make. The experienced builder explains how to build this in 46 steps and a YouTube video. Walnut is expensive — a different wood, such as pine, can be used if you’re on a budget. Materials needed include a circular saw, sander, wood glue, bracket, screws, clamps, and paint. This is an ambitious weekend project that will have a great end result if you take your time and measure everything.VIEW PLANS
A great DIY idea for those who appreciate creativity, this table is made of reclaimed wood and has a streak of resin through the center that appears to light up. You will need epoxy, glow powder, butane torches, wood glue, dowel rods, acetone, wood, and more. To make this, cut and join the wood, remove high spots, trim the ends, then cut inlays and fill them with sand and resin. The bottom side of the table must also be sanded and finished.VIEW PLANS
This counter is an easy way to bring personality and rustic charm to your bathroom. You’ll need cherry wood, clamps, a bandsaw, pine, plywood, a sander, and epoxy resin. Simply cut the wood to size, build the frame, construct the top, attach the bottom and sideboards, make the drawers, add a backsplash id desired, then begin the installation. If you have a regular undermount sink, you’ll need to cut an opening in the top.VIEW PLANS
This easy to follow DIY idea is explained through multiple YouTube videos. Made out of cherry wood with walnut inlays, this table is perfect for casual family dinners and hosting large groups. Apart from the lumber, you’ll need wood glue, a power drill, screws, clamps, and a circular saw. This builder added six beams of support for the top, though you may need more or less depending on the weight and strength of your wood.VIEW PLANS
A great piece for any outdoor space, this table and bench are both easy and cheap to make. Simply build the frame out of 1×3’s, make the top, cut the bench boards, screw everything together, then stain and polish. Because this is outdoors, you need to use wood and finishes that can withstand various types of weather conditions. This builder suggests staining the wood before assembly, though either method works.VIEW PLANS
Like most of the other DIY projects, you will need a miter saw, kreg jig, orbital sander, wood, and many many screws. After cutting the wood to size, connect the pieces, add extra support with breadboards, then stain and polish. This table is solid wood and quite heavy, so the builder disassembled it, moved the pieces into the dining room, then re-assembled the table. This will likely see a lot of use, so it’s not a bad idea to polish this multiple times..VIEW PLANS
Over in their do-it-yourself community, one poster submitted 35 images documenting his construction of a farmhouse table for his new home.
Because he didn't have the discretionary cash to splurge on a store-bought option, he decided to build his own. He was able to source some Southern Yellow Pine from a local lumberyard for $120.
It has unclean edges and a rough finish to create an almost industrial, modern farmhouse style table.
He even stained the highchairs to match the color of the table and was planning on getting a low hanging chandelier to truly complement the aesthetic of his kitchen nook.
The Reddit DIY community was pretty impressed- they commended how awesome the finished result looks like and how simple the step-by-step instructions are to follow.
One poster did provide some critical perspective saying that because of some errors regarding drying time and improper fastening of the breadboard that there will be a lot of warping and splitting over time.
He provided some useful perspective on wood drying and board fastening to accommodate seasonal expanding and contracting due to moisture.
However, a construction worker chimed in and said that unless you are building these woodcrafts with the goal of selling them, it's probable that this table will last for a very long time and is sufficient for personal use.
Other builders cited Ana White's website, saying that some of the Ana White farmhouse table submissions weren't the best project plans to follow.
Other posters continued to dwell on the breadboard issue saying that the goal of a breadboard is to ensure that the top doesn't warp or cup, while simultaneously enabling the wood itself to move around as it naturally does.
In particular, he says that many novice woodworkers are unaware that wood glue by itself is actually stronger than screws when used to join the top portion together.
Another DIY builder chimed in saying that he had some negative experiences building something similar. Once summertime came around his table began cracking and warping primarily because of how he had glued the breadboard incorrectly.
Other builder said that you can salvage it, just unscrew your breadboards and recreate a proper one- it's best to use a router.
The consensus seems to be that this was a stunning execution of a farmhouse table for a novice, and a great learning experience, and if it ends up destroying itself in the next year or so it can always be disassembled and put back together in a more expert fashion.
An advanced woodworker contributed that the primary issue is not just the breadboards but specifically how it is attached to the top. He says that because the top will want to expand and contract across its width, because the bolts that have been used, it won't be able to.
His solution is to leave center bolts in, remove the outer bolts and then elongate the holes about half an inch, and then reassemble.
In terms of the breadboard ends, he doesn't think they will last very long- this will primarily depend on the microclimate in the builder's region.
In his own case, he lived in an area where the summers are humid and hot and the winters are cold and dry- but the primary variable is the relative humidity inside the home.
In another area of the Reddit do-it-yourself community, a poster submitted step-by-step instructions for fixing up a DIY farmhouse table.
What he ended up with is a brown and white picnic table bench-looking build with a glossy finish.
Builders were pretty impressed and sympathetic to his novice efforts, with one saying that the color contrast is attractive.
It'll also be easy, they say, to source cheap chairs that match the static.
Another DIY builder submitted his own construction-it is made from dark walnut wood with a polyurethane semi-gloss.
Yet another DIY poster submitted his finished farmhouse dining room table-it accommodates six chairs and was built with a masonry chisel.
One poster said he had built something similar and was able to sell it on Craigslist for $1500.
Another DIY poster submitted a walnut farmhouse table it is an especially clean and minimalistic looking option with drawboard pinned breadboard ends.
Another DIY builder submitted an image and step-by-step plans for creating a classy dining room, truss style, farmhouse table-he said he assembled it in his garage using lumber purchased from Home Depot.
The way he built it, he did a lot of research and created custom dimensions to match his dining room- he didn't want to big that it would overwhelm the entire space, but he also wanted to be able to seat six comfortably.
In particular, he used 41-inch crossbeams with legs that are 26 inches and are cut on a slight angle.
Another interesting fact, to achieve a weathered, rustic look he used a small chain to hit the tabletop to dent and weather it.
He also used a steel wool vinegar stain on the wood- the whole thing cost about hundred and $20 to make.
Again, builders were critical of how the breadboards were attached, saying that over time the table will warp and crack.
This is because the wood that was purchased from Home Depot was likely wet lumber and will probably experience significant shrinking as it dries and contracts.
As the wood contracts more across the grain, which is the width of the board, then it will across its grain length, you will have problems anywhere that long grain and side grain are joined together.
So, ultimately, anywhere that the builder has connected long grain into the tabletop-this is where it will most likely warp or crack. The takeaway is that you want to construct your farmhouse tables to allow for movement instead of trying to fight against it.
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