5 – 2” x 12” - 8 feet long
2 – 4” x 6” - 8 feet long
2 – 4” x 4” - 8 feet long
6 – 2” x 4” - 8 feet long
One small box of 3” deck screws (coated i.e. primeguard at Home Depot)
or 3” decorative screw if screwing from the top (will be exposed to your eye)
or 3” screws with a flat head (used when you don’t want any screws showing)
one tube of PL Premium by Loctite
Material Cost $123.00 as of September 2012
1. First lets build the 2 x 4 frame for the table top. Note the dimensions in the drawing below and cut your 2 x 4’s accordingly. Next lay them out and screw them together using the 3” deck screws. Note the two end boards are longer by 3 inches (they are blue in the picture). It also is helpful to use a framing square to keep everything square.
2. It’s time to cut the 2 x 12’s for the table top. Note the dimensions in the drawing below and cut your 2 x 12’s accordingly. There are two ways to attach these planks to the frame you just made. The first method is to make sure the 2 x 4 frame is square and simply put a bead of PL Premium adhesive on the top of the frame and screw the plank to the frame. You can use some fore planning on where you want the screws to be and create a uniform pattern.
The other method is to not have any screw heads showing. This is done by taking a drill bit that is bigger then the head of the 3 inch flat head screws. Mark with a sharpie marker a line on the drill bit 1 ½ inches from the tip. Now take that drill bit and drill holes on the bottom side of your 2 x 4 frame where you want to screw down the top planks only to the depth of your sharpie marker line. Next take a second drill bit that approximates the diameter of the 3 inch flat head screws and drill in the same hole all the way through the 2 x 4 frame. When you are finished you will have a way to secure the top plank from the undersurface of your tables frame without showing any screws. By making the second hole all the way through the 2 x 4 the size of the screws diameter, the plank will be pulled tight to the 2 x 4 frame. Be careful not be over zealous with the tightening of the screws. I know you’re the man and all that but you don’t want to split the wood or go out through the top of your new table.
3. The framing for the table is created by cutting the 4 x 6’s to appropriate length. Note the dimensions in the drawing below and cut them accordingly. The 4 x4’s are also cut at this time, note their dimensions. If you want a little more information on “how to” create the mortise joints refer to the Farmhouse Bench tutorial. The only difference is the depth of the mortise needs to be 1 ¾ inches for this project. Make sure you cut the mortise into the 3 ½ inch thickness of the 4 x 6 timber.