A client recently contacted me about building a large, rustic, farm-style dining table, and two matching benches. She wanted a place for her kids and their friends to gather, as well as a place to host family dinners. She was hoping to seat 10 people. After measurements and calculations, we ended up deciding on a table that would be 106″ long and 40″ wide. It was going to be a tight squeeze in the workshop!
I built the table out of 2x6x8 boards that I connected together and planed to achieve a rustic, barn wood appearance.
I added breadboard ends to give even more length to the table and add character and charm. Chunky, 5″ turned legs finished off the farm-style look and were connected by the apron to form the table base.
The client asked for a dark stain on the tabletop, and white legs and apron. I stained the legs and apron first before painting so that when I distressed the paint, the dark stain would show through. I coated the top with a satin poly and the legs and apron with clear wax.
Finally, it was time to put it all together. The finished table came out exactly as she had hoped. Now that I have some space in my workshop again, I’m ready to start on the benches!
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