Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Pocket Hole Farmhouse Table
Looking for a farmhouse table plan using pocket hole construction was a bit tough. I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I made one up. In my head. While I worked.
That's pretty much how I do things these days. On the fly.
And I was in a hurry, so no in-progress pictures here. But I can share with you my cut list and I'm sure that you can figure out how to put it together. Because if you read this blog you must be pretty bright!
I started with this Ana White farmhouse table plan as inspiration, and used her newly updated Tryde Coffee Table plan to help me figure out how I was going to put it together. (Edited to add: Ana has since created an updated Farmhouse Table plan using pocket hole construction!)
Here's how I did it: the aprons are joined to the posts/legs using pocket hole joints. The planks on top are joined to each other with pocket hole joints. The top is attached to the aprons using pocket hole joints. The only non-pocket hole joints are the modified lap joints on the bottom. (I'm sure there is a technical term for these joints, but I call them "modified" lap joints because only one piece of wood is notched. On a real lap joint, I think both pieces are notched. But don't quote me on that.) There are modified lap joints attaching the support boards for the stretcher to the legs, and to attach the stretcher to the support boards.
I used my table saw to cut the modified lap joints and then joined the boards using glue and countersunk screws. The holes are filled with wood plugs.
I based my cuts on my existing dining room table, because I wanted this table to be about the same size. The overall dimensions are about 37.75W x 85L x 31.5H.
4 - 4x4 posts @ 29" (legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 67" (long aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 27" (short aprons)
1 - 2x4 @ 74" (stretcher)
2 - 2x4 @ 34" (stretcher supports)
4 - 2x8 @ 70.5" (table top planks)
1 - 2x10@ 70.5" (center table top plank -- I had to use one 2x10 to get the right overall width)
2 - 2x8 ~38" (breadboard ends -- measure your joined tabletop before cutting these)
For the finish, I'm planning to go for a weathered look. I love the look of the legs (reclaimed 4x4 posts) as they are now, so hopefully I can create a similar look for the rest of the table. Completed table photos to come soon!
Psst...check out the finished table here!
Pssssst...Ana posted updated plans using pocket hole construction here!