Daughter's Farm Table and Bench

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Project by MKH posted 01-22-2018 03:33 PM 1619 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this (with my oldest son) for my youngest daughter’s new apartment. Modified some plans we found on the internet for the table and the bench. If I build these again I have more changes I want to make, especially to the bench. I’m not happy with the table top but my daughter was rushing us as everything had to be done on the day of the move. For some weird reason known only to her it seams like the move doesn’t count if you don’t have the new apartment looking perfect by the time you go to bed on the day of the move. No amount of persuading on my part would change her mind. So we made her deadline though the table top is not as flat as I would like.

SWMBO did the staining on the bench.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#1 posted 01-22-2018 03:41 PM

I fished the image rotation for you.

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 05:03 PM

Nice job…rushed or not.


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#3 posted 01-22-2018 06:02 PM

Thanks Cricket and AlmostRetired. I guess it isn’t bad for Home Depot lumber.

The top consists of two independent slabs each made up of two 2×10s and it is 6 foot in length. Each slab has a brace under each end that butts up to the inside of the legs and friction keeps the top from moving around. This makes the top easily remove-able for transporting the table. I did it this way as being unfamiliar with table tops I was worried about wood expansion and what it would do to the top. That is one thing I may change on my next one.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#4 posted 01-22-2018 08:11 PM

And then goes out to eat for the next 2 weeks.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 01-22-2018 09:49 PM

This is a very nice farm table and bench. You did a fine job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-23-2018 02:00 AM

You and your son did a GREAT job! I would rush to get it done for my daughter too. Any project made for a family member is well worth doing. Nicely done…..

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 01-23-2018 12:01 PM

Great job MKH. We are our own worst critics. We see all the little imperfections like they have a spot light shining on them. You and your son building something together is what it’s all about…

-- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#8 posted 01-23-2018 12:28 PM

Ohwoodeye – sounds like you have daughters too

Kelster58 – my daughter helped some. she also bought the wood and went half on a 12” SCMS so that we could cut the wider boards.

SigmaKay – I checked on it last Saturday and no movement in the table top. I’ll keep an eye on it and redo it if necessary. Still not happy with that top. But the problem area is only on one end and I don’t have a plainer or jointer so not much I can do about it.

On the bright side, she wanted a “rustic farm table” and the imperfections just add to the ” rusty” part.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 02:46 PM

Looks good. My last move was the complete opposite of your daughters. After three houses and a business sold, I’m still not unpacked after 2 years. Haha.

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