By Renae Frey

How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table

How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table

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Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. I always enjoy our time together. Don’t you just love anything farmhouse style? The rustic, not perfect details. Me, too. I also love to entertain my friends and family. This post is the best of both worlds. Today, I am going to show you How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table-perfect for entertaining your friends and family. Woo hoo! Come on, I’ll show you.

a beautiful farmhouse table with burlap and satin ribbon lined table runner , flower garland and candles in barn
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

My husband and I love to entertain. Every event or occasion is worth celebrating-summer weather, let’s celebrate. Sunday afternoon-let’s celebrate. Fourth of July, Easter, New Years-yep, we’re celebrating. We just built a barn-(the reveal is coming soon) and it is perfect for entertaining. I dreamt of having a super long table to fit all of our family and friends, so I made some. Three to be exact. I made three 12 foot tables-that’s 36 feet of table. Isn’t that awesome. It makes me giddy to think about all of the people that we are going to have around these tables. They are so easy to make, although if you are making 12 foot tables like I did, you will definitely need a buddy to help you.

Here is What You Need to Build Your Table

You will need 2′ x 4″s for the frame of your tabletop, 1″x12″s for your table top, 4″ x 4″s for the table legs, 4 casters, lag bolts with washers and nuts and 3′ wood screws. I used my Rigid Chop saw and stand, my Makita Drill, a hammer and drill bits.

building the frame for a farmhouse table
Creating the “frame”

Step 1: I started by creating a “frame” out of 2 x 4’s. Because my table is 12′ long, my frame is 11′ long. I have two 2 x 4’s that are 11′ long and two 2 x 4’s that are 30″ long. I attached them with 3″ screws. I pre-drilled with a drill bit where I wanted my screws to be. This prevents the wood from splitting when you screw in the screws.

building the frame for a farmhouse table

Step 2: Next, I added 3 more 30″ 2 x 4’s to the frame for stability. Again, I pre-drilled and used the 3″ wood screws.

building a farmhouse table adding the tabletop
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-adding the tabletop.

Step 3: For the table top, I used three 1″ x 12″ boards. I made sure that the middle board was centered on the frame, then attached it. With just the middle board on the frame, it was easy for me to see where the 2×4’s were underneath. If you want all of your screws in a straight line, this is a good time to mark your board. I drilled my holes on my first board, then stacked all three boards and pre drilled through all of them. I wanted the tabletop to look nice with the screws all lined up.

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building a farmhouse table securing the legs with bolts
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-creating the frame for the legs.

Step 4: I cut two more 30″ 2 x 4 lengths and two 4″ lengths. I attached these boards to the underside of the table at both ends (just like the picture above) this creates a spot to insert the 4×4 leg post. The standard height of a dining table is between 28-30 inches high. I wanted to add casters to the legs, so that the table could be rolled around. My casters were four inches, so I cut my legs at 24″.

building a farmhouse table adding the legs
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-attaching the legs.

Step 5: This is the hard part. I put the leg post into the frame and drilled through the frame, the post and the framing in the back of the post-a total of eight inches, that’s a lot of drilling. I used a drill bit big enough to insert a lag bolt. I put the lag bolt into the hole and then hit it with a hammer until it went all the way through. This part isn’t so hard, but it does give you a bit of a workout. Once the lag bolt is all the way though, twist on the nut tightly.

building a farmhouse table, adding caters to the table legs
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-adding the casters.

Step 6: Yay! Almost done. Adding the casters are the easy part, just screw them onto the bottom of each leg.

Step 7: I finished my tables with a stain and sealer in one product. It saves me a lot of time doing only on step.

beautiful farmhouse table with burlap and satin ribbon lined table runner , flower garland and candles in barn
How to make a Rustic DIY farmhouse table-Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

I absolutely love how these tables turned out. It makes me giddy to see all three tables pushed together, creating 36 feet of table. Yes, you read that right. Thirty six whole feet of table. This table would also make a great work bench in your garage or a great potting table in your greenhouse or garden shed.

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16 thoughts on “How to Make a Rustic Farmhouse Table”

  1. That’s an awesome table, Renae!! You could have quite the gathering with three of them!

  2. We love a large table. Though we had to leave our largerst table we had ever had…up to 22 could gatther around it, we do love the inhertied one we currently have. These long tables are the best! Good for you to make yours!

  3. Leslie Watkins

    You are speaking my love language! I’d love to have my fleet under your table…Great job!

  4. This table is so beautiful, Renae! I can definitely see it being used at so many events and all throughout the year too. Hug, CoCo

  5. I love the tables you built, Renae. How amazing! They are perfect for outdoor entertaining in the barn. A great tutorial too!

  6. Your table turned out great! I wish I had room for one 12′ table, let alone 3. Dreams from someday. Pinned!

  7. Your table is cool, but the decor on top is stunning! I clicked over from TFT because it was so pretty! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for clicking over. I hope that you will subscribe. So many great ideas coming.

  8. This looks great, Renae! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  9. Wonderful farmhouse table! You are so talented:)
    I love the tablescape too.
    Happy New Year,
    Kippi

  10. I really love how this turned out and that you made it look easy! Thank you for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday. I loved it so much I’m going to feature it tomorrow! I love all of your link ups.

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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