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18th January
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I have a little dining nook in my house. For the longest time, I had this table from Ikea in it it, but it didn’t really allow for 4 chairs around the table due to the way the table legs were positioned and I really wanted to have 4 chairs around it. I searched four a rectangular 4 seat table but didn’t really find anything I liked. Most stores sell square tables or circular tables for 4 seats, but none that were rectangles. A square or circle would not fit in my dining nook. I did find one regular table at Ikea for $100, but I’d have to spend a lot of time sanding it down so I could stain it the way I wanted. Or there was one at Crate & Barrel, but to get the design I wanted it would have been at least $700 which I wasn’t interested in spending for this little table.

I had already seen some plans on and decided to see if there was a table plan that I liked for my table. I found this plan that I really liked for a farmhouse style table. I love the natural look of farmhouse tables so I decided try it. I had never built anything before, but it seemed pretty straight forward. I liked that this plan had no special notches that needed to be cut out. The plan just required a bunch of straight cuts of wood to be put together. I had never built anything before so I had no idea what I was doing. I think it turned out well!

I had to change the dimensions of the plan since the plan was for a 6 person table. I still basically used the dimensions of 2x6s and 2x4s to figure out what would fit in my space. I ended up making the table with 5 2x6s for the table top, and with the 2×4 borders, the dimensions of the table top ended up being 30.5in x 48in. The height is a little more than 30in. I didn’t have a kreg jig, so you can see all the screws I used. I like it, I think it gives it more of a rustic look. I used a dark walnut stain and used a matte finish. I didn’t want a shiny table, I wanted to try to keep it natural-looking. I’m not sure if the matte finish is the best for a kitchen table, I worry that if I were to spill something it wouldn’t be protective enough, but I love the way it turned out.

The total cost of the project was about $70. For $70 and a weekend, I have this beautiful custom made table that fits my space perfectly. :)

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