Rustic Farm Table

Rustic Dining Room Table - Featured Image

Rustic Dining Room Table
Dimensions: 6’x37″x30″

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Pairs best with 18″ chairs or benches

The Rustic Dining Room Table…learning how to build this was the foundation of my woodworking career. Not only is it a fun, and relatively simple table to build, it is also incredibly fulfilling, as this is a very heavy-duty, solid table (one that maybe the kids can’t even tear apart). I have built thousands, if not 10’s of thousands of the rustic farm tables, and it never gets old. This is a 6′ version of the table, however, extending it for a longer table is as simple as adding 1′ to your top boards and outside aprons. Depending on how long you build yours, you might need to add another support apron board, but overall it is simple to extend. To give you a point of reference, a 6′ table will hold 6 chairs in total. If you decide to do benches with chairs on the end you can get 8 around this table, maybe more depending on the size of the person.

Tools you will need to build the Rustic Farm Table:

Supplies you will need to build the Rustic Farm Table:

  • (3) 2″x4″x8′
  • (2) 4″x4″x8′ (Untreated)
  • (4) 2″x10″x8″
  • (56) 2″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Shop Rags
  • Polyurethane

Let’s Build a Rustic Farm Dining Table!

This is honestly a very easy build, and as long as you pay close attention to your measurements and marks, it will be a breeze. If you want to see the full video of me building it make sure to check out the video below!

Cut Sheet for the Drill Storage Shelf

  • (4x) 4″x4″x28 ½”
  • (2x) 2″x4″x25″
  • (1x) 2″x4″x28″
  • (2x) 2″x4″x59″
  • (4x) 2″x10″x6′

IF YOU ARE WANTING TO BUILD THE CHILDREN’S SIZE OF THIS TABLE THEN YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO YOUR CUT AND BUILD LIST:

  • (4x) 4″x4″x28 ½” (4x) 4″x4″x23 ½”
  • (2x) 2″x4″x25″ (2x) 2″x4″x25″
  • (1x) 2″x4″x28″ (1x) 2″x4″x28″
  • (2x) 2″x4″x59″ (2x) 2″x4″x36″
  • (4x) 2″x10″x6′ (4x) 2″x10″x50″
Children's Bench and Table
This is the children’s version of this table and bench. If you want to check out the bench, here is the link!

Pocket Holes for Days!

So this is where following along with the video can really help! Before we start drilling you want to always check all sides of your board and decide what are your best or worst sides of the board. The 2x4s will all be part of the apron (boards that go from leg to leg and attach to the tabletop). You need to decide which side you want to face in and which side you want to face down, and then plan your pocket holes accordingly.

Now that you have that worked out, let’s get after it. The first thing we will do is put a pair of pocket holes on each side of all the 2x4s. I usually just use the two outside holes so I don’t have to move the board around in the jig.

Rustic Dining Room Table - First set of Kreg Holes

the “complicated” part of the rustic table build

So if you take a close look at the photo, you will notice this is a slatted table. It will have 4 boards running from end to end that will not be attached to each other, so it is important that you have good attachment points from your apron. So first, we are going to mark a centerline in all of our 2x4s. On our 25″ boards it will be at 12 ½”, on the 28″ board it will be at 14″, and on the two 59″ boards it will be at 29 ½”.

On the 59″ boards, we will make 3 marks on either side of the centerline where we will drill pocket holes to hold down the tabletop boards. Your two outside marks will need to be as close to or overlapping the pocket holes that are facing the end of the boards. We want to be able to have screws holding the tabletop down as far to the outside as we can get them.

The 3 short 2x4s are going to need some more work here, and this is very important! From your center mark, you will want to measure out on each side and make a mark at 9 ¼”. This is the width of a 2″x10″, so this will represent where the boards will lay on the aprons. With that done you will make 2 marks between each line. On the edges you will have to overlap a little bit to fit two holes, that will be ok, I promise!

Now drill your pocket holes!

Rustic Farm Table - Second Set of Pocket Holes

Frame up that Rustic Farm Table!

This part is hands down my favorite part of this build, putting together the frame. Just like earlier, first, pick the best sides of your legs, then we are going to start attaching the apron boards to them. For the rest of the build, we will be assembling the table upside down. This will give you a good level space to be able to attach all the boards to each other. Before you start assembling you need to make a 2″ mark on all the legs where aprons will attach. Seeing as though 2x4s are really 1 ½” x 3 ½”, aligning the inside of the boards with that mark will give us a ½” inset on the outside of the aprons, creating a nice clean look.

MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR POCKET HOLES ARE FACING DOWN WHEN COMPLETING THIS STEP! If all your legs are marked, let’s go ahead and start attaching the 25″ boards to two legs using 2″ course pocket hole screws. Once those are don’t you will connect the 2 long aprons boards to the legs. Last, you will put that 28″ board right in the center. You may need to trim the centerboard just a touch to get it to fit (depending on the actual thickness of the apron boards used). If this is the case make sure you cut a little of each end since we already have pocket holes drilled. Once it is cut go ahead and attach it from apron to apron right in the center.

Rustic Dining Room Table - Corner Apron Attachment
Rustic Farm Table - Top Apron Attachment
Rustic Farmhouse Table - Top View

See, that wasn’t bad at all was it?! You are basically a woodworking God at this point!

Every Dining Room Table Needs a Top!

It’s time to put your best board forward..or at least facing DOWN! Remember, we are building this table upside down, so we want the best side of the boards to be facing down in this step. You will first want to lay out all your 2×10’s and decide how they best fit together, Sometimes 2 boards don’t play nice with each other when sitting side by side, even though they both look straight. Find the best layout that will show the fewest gaps between boards. Once you have done that label them all (I usually put a number on each side of a seam, that was there is no confusion). In this build I am not sanding or staining because someone else is, this is an important step!

Rustic Dining Room Table - Top View

Take this time to go ahead and pre-stain all the sides of the 2x10s that will be touching another 2×10. Once it is all connected it is very hard to get stain down in these seems, so this will reduce the amount of gnashing and weeping of teeth later. Don’t let the stain run to the top of the board when doing this, and make sure to keep a cloth in your hand to wipe it down after you stain it to keep from any runs appearing.

(Almost) The Last Step for the Rustic Table

Now with all your tabletop boards laid face down on the workbench, go ahead and put your base on top (upside down). On the ends, the space between the edge and the ends of the boards will be 3″, and on the sides, it will be 2 ½” from leg to edge. Once the base is centered up, make sure all your tabletop boards are flush on the end, and go ahead and put a 2″ course pocket hole screw in 2 corners (on the long side). Now you can go to the other side and make sure all your tabletop boards are pushed tightly together and attach the other 2 corners. At this point you can go nuts…pretend you are the pit crew and you gotta change out like 16 tires (for some reason that is always what I think of when I start doing big sets of pocket hole screws).

Rustic Farm Table - Side View Apron

That stack of lumber you had an hour ago just turned into an awesome Rustic Farm Table!!

Sand and Stain!

Now comes probably my least favorite part, to be honest, the sand and stain. Make sure you get all the rough spots, splinters, sharp edges, and end grains smoothed down nicely. While it may not be fun, this is what really makes this table stand out! Once you have it smoothed out the way you like, give it some color. I like to stain these with Dark Walnut…but then again I like to stain EVERYTHING with Dark Walnut. If you want you could even throw some paint at it, really, this is your time to shine, get creative!

That’s it for the Rustic Farm Table!

See, I told you this wasn’t a hard project! And honestly depending on wood prices, it is a great table to build for the money! Make sure you tag us on our social media pages with pictures of your build, after-all, that is why I do this! Also don’t forget to check out our Builds Page for more awesome projects to tackle in your workshop!

3 thoughts on “Rustic Farm Table”

  1. What a fabulous detailed tutorial. I could imagine one of these out on the patio for the summer too! I love the kids sized one too! Thanks for sharing so much detail!

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