Building a DIY Farmhouse Dinner Table

Building a DIY Farmhouse Dinner Table
Dayne Dayne (57)

We needed a new dinner table. I wanted to learn about woodworking. This table was built using mostly hand tools and as much traditional joinery as I could figure out. I recognize everything could be improved upon but this being my first project, I'm quite proud. Thanks for checking it out.

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Did you know you can haul 10' lumber in a prius?

Marking the mortises. Unfortunately, I don't have good pictures of me laminating the legs. There were no untreated 4x4's so I ripped some 2x8's and book matched them. They are not great, but I'm happy enough with them.

Hand chopping a mortise.

Dry fitting one of the tenons. The legs lean in 6 degrees on two axes. The mortise hole therefore leans 6 degrees relative to the face of the leg and the shoulder of the tenon leans 6 degrees as well.

First set of legs done.

This took me forever to figure out, longer to mark, and even longer to cut. I messed up several versions of this.

The mortise hole in the top of the leg.

The tenon that sits on the leg.

Cutting the shoulder.

I got this #4 on eBay and tried to restore it myself. It was tough but definitely worth it.

Bought this #7 from a guy on craigslist. It took me a long time to figure out that the #4 is way more useful.

Pile o' shavings.

Gluing her up!

My workspace. My next project is a bench.

Dry fitting the whole table.

Close up of a through mortise.

Is this called a half lap?

Marking the ends to cut.

This conditioner helped, but not a ton.


I love the wipe on poly.

Stain on and 1 coat of poly.

Everything drying for the night.

Final assembly. After much stewing on how to attach the table top, I went with screws straight up from the apron-like cross members. I drilled wide holes (the best that I could with a simple drill bit) and counter sunk the screw heads. I figure if something crazy happens with the change in humidity, I'll learn a little bit and I can fix it since its my table.

Thanks for looking!

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Software engineer, co-founder of Howchoo, and renaissance man. Lifelong amateur woodworker, espresso mechanic, freestyle lyricist, drummer, artist, runner, coffee roaster, electrical engineer, gamer, inventor, churner, psychoanalyst, photographer, pizza chef, pit master, audiophile, guitarist, entrepreneur, dad, yogi, cyclist, and barista.
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