Recently I built another beautiful farmhouse table for a client, but made a few modifications from the original Ana White plan and I thought I'd share them with you here, as well as the modified cut list and shopping list, in case you need a scaled-down version of the 7' table.
Plus, if I write it all here then the next time I build a 6' farmhouse table I won't have to lose my mind doing addition and subtraction with fractions.
I started with 2x8 and 2x10 stock for the top, but in order to make the top flat (no grooves from the rounded edges of framing lumber), Scott and I ran all of the lumber for the top through the table saw and ripped off a little over a quarter inch from each edge. It wasn't a super precise process, but it did the job.
So, for the top, we ended up with 2x8s that were actually about 2x6 3/8 and 2x10s that were about 2x8 3/8.
The top was made of 3 ripped 2x8s and 2 ripped 2x10s, giving it an overall width of about 36 1/2". When I placed the planks, I alternated them 2x8-2x10-2x8-2x10-2x8.
Another modification I made was to use one of the ripped 2x10s on the breadboard, to give a little more depth for a person sitting at the end. I also flipped the legs around so that the end support, which holds up the stretcher, is on the inside of the table instead of the outside. That gives the person sitting at the end an extra inch and a half for their legs. I know it doesn't sound like much, but with the wider breadboard, it totals about ten inches of space for that end of the table versus about six inches of space in the original plan, making the head and foot more comfortable seats at the table.
Here's my cut list for the 72"x36 1/2" farmhouse table (keep in mind that my 2x10s and 2x8s are ripped down to narrower sizes):
- 2 - 2x10 @ 55" (top)
- 3 - 2x8 @ 55" (top)
- 1 - 2x10 @ 36 1/2" (breadboard ends -- build your top first, then measure and cut this to get a precise fit.)
- 2 - 2x4 @ 53 1/2" (side aprons)
- 2 - 2x4 @ 24" (end aprons)
- 2 - 24 @ 31" (lower supports)
- 1 2x4 @ 56 1/2" (stretcher)
- 4 4x4 @ 29 1/2" (legs)
And here's the shopping list:
- 4 - 2x4 @ 8ft
- 1 - 4x4 @ 10ft if you can find a straight one, or 2 4x4 @ 8ft if your ten footers are as twisted as ours.
- 3 - 2x8 @ 8ft
- 3 - 2x10 @ 8ft
- 1 - pack of 50 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
- 1 - pack of wood plugs (you'll need 12 wood plugs to fill your countersunk holes)
Here are a few more photos of the 6' Farmhouse Table.
Pssst...check out the cut list for a matching Farmhouse Bench. It slides right under this table!