Guys I promise this won’t take long. It’s a quick and easy table plan compared to a lot out there. We made this one custom to my friends kitchen space. So you can build it at whatever size you need! I’ve done 8ft tables for outside or evens shorter ones. This is somewhere in the middle. Two people can sit on each side comfortably and two on the ends!
Totally can do this in a full Saturday if you start early. We split it up into two-three days!
30 mins to draw plans up
1 hour at home depot to get wood and do a lot of MATH
4 hours to build
3-4 hours to sand and stain
***Remember lumber can vary on width size. Usually it’s not exactly say 12’’ for a 2×12…could be 11.4-6’’ or something. So factor that in as well.We rounded up on all our numbers with the knowledge their not going to be exact but around.
Width :33.5’’ (about3ft)
Width : 12’’
Height : 18’’
-Table Saw or Chop Saw
-Kreg Jig Mini (you can find at home depot or walmart for like $20)
LUMBER: do your own math to factor what is best value!
2- 2x12x10 (top of table)
1 2x12x12 (top of benches + table)
2 4x4x10 (legs)
2 2x4x8 (frame)
2 1/2 or 3” Screws
2’’ Kreg Jig Screws
1.4’’ Kreg Jig Screws
Cut 3 pieces of the 2x12s for top of table to 42’’ long.
Cut 2 pieces of the 2x12s for bread boards top of table at 36’’
Cut 2 pieces of the 2x12s for top of benches at 42”
Cut 2 pieces of the 2x4s for frame length at 57.75’’
Cut 2 pieces of the 2×4’s for frame width at 28.75’’
Cut 2 pieces of the 2×4’s for the middle support at: 25.5’’
Cut 4 pieces of the 4×4’s for the table legs at 18.5
Cut 8 pieces of the 4×4’s for the bench legs at 16.5
Making the frame will support the whole table. You will be screwing the table top to the frame once it’s all made. Screw together the length and width to create a rectangle. Then add middle support beams in the middle.
First- you want to make pocket holes on the bottom of the table top 2×12’s. This will create a beautiful look on the top with no screws. It looks better and nothing gets caught on the screw holes. It’s easy once you get the hang of it. We did 3 holes on the outside of the 2 edge pieces. We screwed them both into the middle piece.
Second- Make 4-5 pocket holes on the bread boards then screw them into the three boards already screwed together.
Third- measure how far you want your overhang to be. Most tables are not flush with the edge of the table. Farm tables leg are usually pushed in further which creates a look. We measured 4 inches in from the length of the table and 3.5 in from the width of the side. You can change this depending on how far you want an overhang or you can just go with our dimensions! Make pocket holes into the frame and screw into the table top on bottom.
Once the frame is secure, you want 2 1/2’’ or 3’’ screws into the outside of the frame to secure the legs in place. If you don’t want to see the screw holes you can make pocket holes into the two sides of the legs into the table. We didn’t mind the look. Or you can cover them after staining with wood putty to hide them!!
BAM the table is finished, flip over! Start on the benches then you’ll be good to go!
You want to make pocket holes into the 4×4’s for legs. We did two on each side of only two of the sides because we didn’t want to see anything on the outside. This caused a little issue on two of the legs once it was finished so be super sure your screws are in TIGHT!! Screw flush to the side into the bottom of a 2×12 cut at 42’’.
8. SAND THE SHIT out of it. We had a hard time finding perfect wood, so we had to sand a lotttt. But it’s as smooth as butter now. Sand everything from bottom to top (besides the underneath of the table!)
9. If it’s soft wood like pine I would use a wood conditioner so you don’t get splotchy look. Some parts of the wood soak in stain more and some don’t. If it’s harder wood don’t worry about it. Then stain with a rag or brush…and seal it up! We used a matt water based thin layer of polyurethane. If it’s an outdoor table I would use something stronger.
Wait a day or two after staining before sealing!
10. Have a beautiful meal around the table with your friends!!
#makingtables when you are finished so I can see it!!!!