Hello everyone!! I can’t wait to show you this farmhouse table that I have been working on! It has been such a fun project!!
I started replacing the electrical at the ski chalet last month!! My mom came up to visit for the weekend and we camped out and worked hard, but we had a lot of fun. Huge step in the right direction for rebuilding!! It feels so good to be doing it myself and saving that huge chunk of change for future design projects. 😉
And….now that I am going to have some safe electricity, it’s obviously time for a dining room table! 🙂 I LOVE to entertain so a nice big dining room table is so important to me. Over the last year, I have been really racking my brain on what type of table would fit perfectly and I finally decided on a big round table with a built in lazy Susan so everyone can reach the food!
I had this image of chunky farmhouse table legs, white, (probably distressed), and a rich stained wood table top. The perfect setting for a great meal or game night with friends and family!
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Building the Farmhouse Table Top
This is how I shop for lumber. I look at each board and inspect for imperfections and to make sure it’s straight, and even will lay it all out on the floor to make sure they look perfect together!
Making the table top
I laid out all of my boards and used a string and pencil to make an approximate circle on the boards. This way I knew where to make my pocket holes (holes drilled at an angle to join it to another board. You can see my pocket holes in the pictures below).
I used a Kreg Jig to make pocket holes and screw my boards together. This little tool is amazing!!
I tried a couple different cheaper clamps, but nothing worked as well as this clamp that is meant to fit the Kreg Jig.
Using clamps helped to keep the boards tight while I screwed them together.
I used my router to cut a perfectly round circle! This worked so well!!
I had to use the router on one side, flip the table top over, and then do the other side to get through the 2×6.
Next, I sanded the edges and the top of the table. I started with a lower grit sandpaper (more rough) and finished with a finer grit sandpaper (less rough) for a smooth surface.
My “I don’t have time for this” tip: Buy your sandpaper in packs like this:
You will be less likely to overuse one sheet of sandpaper, which will slow you down. If you don’t run the risk of running out of sandpaper, you’ll be willing to change the paper when it stops working as well as it should. 🙂
I stained the top with a dark rich stain (Espresso) and then put two coats of polyurethane clear coat over the top.
Making the Lazy Susan
I repeated this whole process on a smaller scale for the lazy Susan! My table is 72 inches and the lazy Susan is 36 inches, leaving 18 inches around the outside for table settings.
I screwed the actual lazy Susan hardware to the underside of my wood Lazy Susan that I made. This hardware will hold 1000 pounds. I’m sure I will never come close to this, but it turns smoothly and is easy to attach!
Because I want the entire lazy Susan to lift off for cleaning underneath as well as the option to put a table cloth on, I came up with a way to make it removable. Instead of screwing the lazy Susan to the table, I traced the lazy Susan hardware on the center of my table top. I then used my router to make a 1/8 inch deep circle on the table top where the lazy Susan piece will set into.
In the picture below, you can see the circle that I made in the table top with the router. The lazy Susan hardware will fit perfectly in that circle. I put little felt dots on the bottom of the hardware so I didn’t scratch my finish while I was moving it around.
Making the Farmhouse Table Base
You can find table legs in a variety of places like Etsy and specialty wood shops. These table legs also come in a variety of prices. I used these $28 (each) legs from Lowes. The square end is actually supposed to be the top of the legs, but I had to trim them so my table would sit at 29 inches. In order to keep the chunkier end of the leg to give it the farmhouse table feel that I was looking for, I trimmed the thinner end and inverted the legs (don’t tell anyone!)
I used a 4×4, some 1x4s, and my Miter Saw to make a base for the table legs, and then used my Kreg Jig to secure the legs to the base. Since these pocket holes will be visible, I used the Kreg Jig Wood Fillers to fill and camouflage the holes. These little wood plugs are paint-able and stain-able.
I got my rustic look by staining the base and then adding a layer of chalk paint.
Then I use these sanding blocks to sand off corners and areas that would naturally wear first for a rustic look. Fun fact: the sanding blocks can be rinsed off and reused over and over! I love them! The base also got a clear coat for protection. When buying polyurethane, read the label! Look for a clear, non ambering product, especially if you’re putting it on something that isn’t wood colored or stained (like white paint). Many of them have a yellow tint to them and will turn your white paint a gross color.
After putting my table together!!!! I can’t wait until I’m able to have friends and family over for dinners and gatherings!
Thank you so, so, so much for stopping by to read this post!! I appreciate your support!! I will be heading up to the ski chalet to continue working on my electrical project this weekend!!
This is my go to clear coat for most projects:
I love this dark, rich color of stain!:
Chalk paint is amazing stuff. I use it on furniture and crafts. There is no need to prime or do much prep work.
I’m pretty pleased with how smooth the lazy Susan turns:
The Kreg Jig is actually the newest addition to my toolbox, but it was amazing and you should expect to see it used in my future posts! 🙂
I did try a couple of different cheaper clamps, but none of them worked as well as the Kreg Jig brand.
If your holes are visible (not on the underside of a table), you can buy these little wood plugs that are the same shape as the hole you drilled. They can be painted or stained!
My sander. I have a lot of Ryobi tools right now and I’m pretty pleased with all of them. The price always seems right.
I have had my router for a little over a year now, and it has been used on all kinds of furniture and craft projects.
I use my compound (meaning multiple angles) sliding miter saw almost every day.
This is how I buy my sandpaper. In bulk. It keeps me from overusing the same sheet.
I write about these in all of my posts, but I LOVE them! They are easy to hold and can be rinsed out and reused!
And of course, my drill set that I can’t live without!! Ryobi, again. It comes with a drill and an impact driver. You can do everything with a drill, but once you have an impact driver, you will always need one. 😉
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