5 DIY Farm Table Projects That Will Last a Lifetime

Farm tables are those warm, rustic surfaces that draw inspiration from the original harvest tables found in American homes of the 18th and 19th centuries. Rather than being built by skilled and trained artisans, farm tables were assembled from large and rough planks of fir. Their construction valued sturdiness and utility over detail and refinery. Today, farm tables can bring a sense of antique charm to any home, complementing matched chairs and contemporary benches alike. Here are five DIY farm projects to inspire your next act of handyman prowess.

 

DIY Farm Table Projects - Domestic Imperfection

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This table and bench by Ashley, Adam, and Keith of Domestic Imperfection is most representative of the style, featuring solid breadboard ends and a warm, rich stain. Created using dimensional lumber readily available from the home center, the appealingly stout table still fits in an average-size dining room.

 

DIY Farm Table Projects - East Coast Creative

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Similar to the previous example, though designed and built on a large scale, is a DIY farm table project from East Coast Creative, which includes some intentional distressing to enhance the antique look. The table top attaches to an existing base, making it possible to build this project in a single weekend.

 

DIY Farm Table Projects - American Woodworker

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This DIY farm table project from American Woodworker opts for turned table legs and aprons that result in a more refined, traditional look. (If I were building a farm table, this would be my choice of design.)

 

DIY Farm Table Projects - Our Vintage Home Love

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If all that dark wood is too heavy for your space, take a tip from Our Vintage Home Love and go for a painted base with a new, wide-planked top.

 

DIY Farm Table Projects - Creature Comforts

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Last is the least woodworking-intensive farm table, courtesy of Ez at Creature Comforts. Built from pre-cut 2 x 8 boards and IKEA legs, this smaller version is ideal for apartment dwellers or others with small spaces, to place in a breakfast nook or use as a kitchen table.

 

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