How to Build a Farmhouse Table

What You'll Need
Hammer and nails
Wood glue
4 wooden boards (1" x 6" x 3 ft)
4 posts (3" x 3" x 3 ft)
4 additional boards (2" x 10" x 5 ft)
Measuring tape
Wood sealant and applicator
Sandpaper of different grit levels

The classic version of a farmhouse table is both sturdy and rustic. It is most often left unfinished to give it a natural appearance. It can be added to many different types of rooms and design aesthetics. Farmhouse tables enhance the appearance and functionality of a space. You can build your own farmhouse table with some basic tools and materials. Follow these steps to create a farmhouse table for your home.

Step 1 - Build the Base

Lay out the 1x6x3-foot boards so that they're positioned in a square. They each should rest on the 1-inch edge. Hammer 2 or 3 nails into the joint at each connecting point to secure them in place. Apply wood glue between these joints. It is important that the base of the table be strong so that it can support the weight of the flat boards on top of it as well as the items that may rest on the table.

Step 2 - Build the Posts

Place the 4 posts within the corners of the square base once the wood glue has dried. Nail the posts and apply wood glue to the insides of the joints in order to ensure that the posts are connected well. Allow the posts to dry completely.

Step 3 - Build the Surface

Flip the base over so that the 4 posts are resting on the ground and the table base that you built in Step 1 is on top. Next, place the 4 additional boards across the base. Use measuring tape to ensure that they hang over the outside edges of the table completely. There should be 1-foot of the table surface board extending beyond the base on each side. On the other 2 sides of the table, the boards should be extended approximately 2-inches. Once the boards are placed evenly, hammer in nails around the edge of the base to attach the surface of the table to the base level. Once again, apply glue to the joints and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Step 4 - Sand and Seal the Table

Use the sandpaper to remove any blemishes or irregularities on the wood of the table. Make sure that the surface of the table is smooth. Finally, use the applicator to apply sealant to every surface of the table. Allow the sealant to dry before using the table. You should also apply a second layer of sealant before you use the table.