Building a Farmhouse Table

A little over a week ago, our Etsy shop got its largest order yet from a customer near New Braunfels, Texas. She and I emailed back and forth for a while before finalizing a design and this past weekend, I started working on her custom-sized, unfinished farmhouse dining table. I based it largely off our own dining table Keith and I built a few years ago, and though I couldn't find the exact plan on her site, I'm pretty sure this design originated from Ana White.

With past projects Keith and I have worked on, he's typically been more of the heavy-duty tool user (ie the saws) and I've come in for the sanding, staining and painting. Over the past few months, he's been training me on more tools though and the last few pieces sold in our shop have been built mostly by me (or my brother). This farmhouse table, and every single cut on that saw, was 100% me this time! The customer emailed me pictures of her dining chairs and buffet, and I sent her a few table leg designs from US-based companies I found online. She and I both agreed these legs from Osborne Wood were our favorite, so once those arrived in the mail, I was ready to start working. This past weekend, I started on the top by gluing and clamping the 6' long 1x6 boards. I did this in sections of two pieces, and then by the end of the day, all the pieces were attached. Yesterday, as soon as I finished up work, I headed back into the garage to cut all the 1x2 pieces for the table frame.

Picture showing how I attached the legs to the table frame.

It wound up moving so quickly that I was actually able to get the legs attached as well and had a standing table by the end of the night. I may have sat in our garage for about thirty minutes just admiring the piece. I love the farmhouse style! Since the customer doesn't want the piece stained, painted or sealed, all I have left is puttying the holes and a light sanding. I can't wait to deliver it to her in the next few weeks and if she's willing to share, I'll definitely post pictures once it's in her dining room.