Little Red Hen Farm Table

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Lately, my projects have been inspired by, or requested from my daughter. Kitchen back splash led to kitchen make-over, a deal on new laundry appliances led to complete overhaul of her laundry room, bead board in the half bath leads to a tiled counter, and on and on. I love doing the work, and love helping her out. I think she is also getting my bug…which is a good thing! So, a few weeks back she asked me if I thought my husband could build her a farm table. What? I didn’t know where to begin until we visited a friends lake house they have been working on. They had a beautiful, big, farm table exactly like the one she wanted. When I asked where they got it, John responded that he made it! What? He said he has no woodworking skills but found plans and had it built in 2 weekends, with a size to fit the space. Ok, now I am off and running. I did my research on the plan, put together a cost estimate and tried to enlist my husband. When I brought home the lumber, he asked what “is all that for?”.IMG_0781The farm table I responded, remember? He leans back, locks his arms and shakes his head, “I did not sign up for this project”. That was all the permission I needed. I thought, this little red hen is going to do it herself then! And I did. Let me say at the outset that while this is doable with a few basic tools, including a pocket jig, you will get a much more professional finish with large saws, circular sanders, quality clamps and drills. I won’t walk through the plans because Rogue Engineer does a good job of that but I will share some tips with you. When you purchase the boards, lay them out on the floor at the store to check for warping and to make sure they all fit tight up against each other. You will eliminate a lot of headaches down the road with straight, flat boards. Secondly, be sure to sand all of your boards, most importantly the edges, with a circular or oscillating palm sander. This is supposed to look old so you want to round off the edges and corners. I cut each board individually which took some time to get them exact. What might be a better plan is to cut them a couple inches use longer and then, when you get them all joined, use a circular saw against a straight edge to trim them to size. The pocket holes take time. Have lots of drill batteries ready. I purchased the $40 jig but wish I had bought the one that mounts to a work bench. Big box stores do not carry 3.5″ turned legs. You have to be willing to invest in the legs and purchase them through Osborne. You will be glad you did. The quality is outstanding and you won’t end up with a farm table that looks like it was built on tooth picks. 
legs Ok, so you now see my pitch coming for Annie Sloan. It is true what everyone else says…there is no other paint the quality of ASCP. I painted chairs last year with a homemade formula and the paint is not sticking. These legs took 2 coats of paint, one coat of clear/dark wax mix for aging, and 2 clear coats with a final brush and buff. Using Old White, the finish matched my daughter’s hutch exactly.IMG_0794 I will finish with final photos. I built a bench to match and now I cannot wait to build one for myself!  IMG_0782

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Say hello to the big bunch of gorgeous, and good-by RH and PB!

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