Ready for the party!

A Farm Table for a Friend


Never Built a Farm Table? No Problem!!!

A couple of weeks ago, a family friend just threw out this idea that she’d like a big, rustic farm table for her covered patio–and that she thought that little ol’ me could do such a project. Her name is Erin, and just so you know, she is a home-maven extraordinaire with her own business –> PlanB Organizing. If you need help getting stuff organized she is THE BEST, so get in touch with her. My initial response was, “Um, I’ve never built a table before, so I don’t know…I’d be worried about getting you one that hits the mark.”  That being said, her request both flattered me and piqued my interest, so I went online to see what I could find.

After about 30 minutes of watching YouTube tutorials through some DIY sites, I told my wife that I thought I could actually build the thing. Before I knew it, my wife had told our friend that I was on the hook. I have to admit, I was pretty nervous. I didn’t want to miss the mark and mess up our friendship, but she was convinced that I was the person to do it.

So I said, “OK, I’ll do it. What’s your budget and when do you need it?”

“I need it by Friday, July 24th because I need it for a party that weekend,” she replied.

Well, that timeline sure got my shorts in a bunch! I quickly started working backward from the 24th to get a rough idea of when I’d have to have the last coat of polyurethane, and then back from there to figure out when I’d actually have to have the table standing, ready for stain. Which brings us to…

The Project Tip of the Post!

Get a solid deadline and then work backward from there to identify the key milestones that you have to hit in order to be successful. If you can’t make the milestones, you’re NOT going to make the deadline!

It was going to be tough, but I still felt like I could do it, so I went for it. Long story short, we unloaded it at her house yesterday, (one whole day early!!!), and below is a short photo journal of the project to help tell the story.

Thanks for Reading!


Stack of Lumber
Step 1. Find a pile of wood 🙂


Stack of Lumber
Oh man, what have I gotten myself into?


Table Top 1/2 Way Through
…about 1/2 way done with initial table top assemblage here.


Table Top Complete
Whoa! Is that the top of a farm table?


Table with Base Attached
Legs and side struts in place.


Table After Sanding is Complete
Gotta sand everything one final time before we color!


Table with Gray Stain Applied
We went with a gray pickle (like a white wash), and it is looking both rustic AND mod! Awesome…


Gray Table
3rd coat of clear….


Table and patio
Here it is in it’s new home!


Ready for the party!
Ready for the Party!