Bobby and I have been working on a very fun project over the past month (the reason for my silence lately) and we finally finished it up last week. We have wanted to build a dining room table for some time so when I came across plans for a simple farmhouse table I knew the time had come. We used a plan for a Fancy Farmhouse X Table from Ana White. The plan was very easy to follow and provided a supply list, cut list, and step by step directions. We made a few modification to make it fit our dining room and or taste a little better than what the plans called for. We shortened the table by one foot (it was originally an eight foot table - yikes, I have a big dining room, but not that big) and we made it about 10 inches wider by adding an extra plank to the table top. The other major modification that we made was how we attached the table top. We used brackets to attach the table frame to the top, and then added an extra board on each end to help stabilize the table. If I were to build it again, I would build the table in reverse, starting with the table top. It would make attaching the table top and leveling it a lot easier!!
This was certainly a learning process, but it turned out gorgeous and we absolutely love it! We used Minwax gel stain in red elm to get the nice, chocolatey color. It took three coats, but was totally worth it. I'll have to add some photos of the table with the chairs later. We purchased chairs since we are not master craftsmen and were a bit intimidated by chair building!
This little cutie had to get in on the pictures!