Farm Tables - 2013

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Project by C.J. (Charles Jones) posted 03-25-2014 07:29 PM 1829 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some Farm Tables my wife and I built last year. Showing the different styles we’ve completed.

-- Gal. 2:20 - CJ

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 10:00 PM

those are great. Are those Ana White plans?

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 01:22 AM

Very nice work

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 04:55 AM

I’d like to see the underside of the square table. Did you add additional support? What are the dimensions? I really like that table. I like them all, but that one is the one for me.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 05:35 AM

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 01:43 PM

I hate to admit it but I have used some of Ana Whites plans before but these were all some that I’ve come up w/over the last couple of yrs of making farm tables… lol

I unfortunately do not have pics of the underside of the square table. It’s a 5ft sq and there are additional supports to accommodate the weight distribution. We’ve had a lot of compliments on it and have made several since this one. I’ve also used turned legs on a few and they really look nice.

I really appreciate the feed back

-- Gal. 2:20 - CJ

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 05:46 PM

Sounds like you’ve become the go-to guy for cool tables.Ana White has some good designs ,the only trouble I’ve seen with some of her designs is she does not allow for wood movement.


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#7 posted 03-26-2014 07:01 PM

About the wood movement; I also noticed that two of the tables have end boards. How are they fastened? Isn’t something likely to break over time when the main boards of the tabletop expand and contract?

**Please note. I am a novice with no personal experience of such things, but I have specifically been advised NOT to do what it looks like you’ve done here.


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#8 posted 03-27-2014 01:16 AM

Greg – good question. It totally depends on how the breadboard ends are attached. They help keep the table top from twisting and allow for some expansion and contraction in the table top.

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#9 posted 03-28-2014 12:52 PM

Well done!! Like the different designs, great job. Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 03-28-2014 05:52 PM

Well… I’ve attached breadboards two different ways. With pocket hole screws only and w/biscuits and PHS. The bracing under the table gives the support for the breadboard ends.

Both ways seem to work but I have a few bad experiences w/movement but I believe my biggest cause of the movement was the lumber was not dried enough before construction began. So i’m always on the look for new lumber suppliers in my area for good dried lumber. It’s lately been hard to come by.

But yes you need to expect a little movement and if the tables do move or change a little over time most ppl just add it to the character of the table. That is what I like so much about farm tables. Some mistakes leads to the best looking tables.

-- Gal. 2:20 - CJ

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#11 posted 03-28-2014 06:17 PM

It’s your choice as to how you attach the end boards ,but as a woodworking instructor I’ve had a number of students choice the quick and dirty route with pocket screws or biscuits both have failed over time(cracked and twisted) Do a little seach hear on Ljs and on the web and I think you will learn how important it is to plan for wood movement when you build furniture you want to last. Making bread board ends is not that hard and it will show quilty in what you make plus it will increase your skill as a woodworker. Sorry I disagree with twisted or cracked tops adding character ,to me it means someone was uninformed or lazy when they built it. How every you make what you make enjoy the fun of woodworking.


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#12 posted 03-28-2014 08:13 PM

Nice simple but sturdy designs. When I attach breadboards, I use a mortise and tenon joint without glue, make a slot on the outer board and screw it through the joint. The slot allows the screw to move slightly with the wood. If you cut the joint right and the wood is 6-8% and you stabilize it with good sealing products it should be good to go. Stabilizing the wood is key, seal the grain completely.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#13 posted 03-29-2014 02:15 AM

I appreciate the feedback and advice. I’ll be the first to admit I still have a lot to learn when it comes to woodworking. I do plan on trying some alternate methods of attaching my bread ends and I really appreciate the walk thru on the mortise and tenon joint.

I’ve only been building for a little over a year now. I sort of inherited my dad’s cheap and older tools he collected over the years after he passed a few yrs ago so I’m trying to venture in some areas he always loved but never really had chance to try. So i’m sure I’ll run across a lot of good advice and I welcome all you skilled woodworkers have to offer.


-- Gal. 2:20 - CJ

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