Farmhouse table - my first project

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Project by JBsWorkshop posted 09-14-2014 05:39 AM 2052 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a long time Lumberjocks “gawker” and I thought it might be finally time to share my work with ya’ll. Mainly, I figured you may get some ideas from me and/or learn from my mistakes. I have quite a few posts to catch up with, but I thought I would start with my very first project….the one that gave me the woodworking bug!

The table was made with regular store-bought 2×10 pine. The legs are treated 4×4s due to the fact that untreated is hard to find around here.

I assembled the table in a few hours with my Kreg pocket hole jig then spent the rest of the day sanding. Then I spent the next two weeks obsessing over the finish. Wow. Finishing is truly the hardest part of any project.

The stain is “special walnut” and the coat is a brush-on poly. I had no clue what I was doing and probably coated/stripped away/coated about 1 gallon of poly. I “stressed” the table with a chain to make it look older.

I was completely floored by my final product. That is, until I took it to my back porch while it was under construction. The workers moved the table to the yard and covered it with a tarp. The last picture shows how the moisture caused the joints to separate. I took some sandpaper to the sharp edges of the wood filler and made it at least smooth to the touch.

Like I said, I learned a lot from this project. Thanks for reading.

-- Jason Barlow,

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 10:56 AM

Yup, learning. Looks great. Experience is a tough teacher, but you usually remember the lesson.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 11:23 AM

Great project. I can completely relate to all the lessons learned. Especially finishing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 12:49 PM

Keep chargin!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 01:08 PM

Nice job. Wish my first project had looked that good… Heck who am I trying to kid, wish my recent stuff looked that good…lol keep making saw dust!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 03:47 PM

This does look nice.
Please excuse the unsolicited advice
Assuming you have attached the end boards with pocket screws, for future projects you might investigate wood movement and breadboard ends.
There are plans on the internet that have you put tables together with only pocket screws including the end boards that are pocket screwed in place.The person designing these tables has a great design sense but knows nothing about wood movement.
when end boards are held firmly in place with pocket screws it does not allow the center boards to have it’s normal movement ,this will cause table tops to crack and tear themselves apart.

Here’s a good article on how to deal with wood movement.


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#6 posted 09-14-2014 06:29 PM

looks great and very useful too have more fun brother. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 12:57 AM

Very nice. I like this table. Looks great.

a1Jim… thanks for sharing that article. I’m gonna go check it out. I was curious about movement.

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 03:41 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. a1Jim, the article is great thank you.

-- Jason Barlow,

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