Our First 2×4 Project
Welcome to my first 2×4 project. I was really excited when Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage asked if anyone was interested in a building challenge using only 2 x 4 s. So I ran it by my husband first since he is the builder, and here we are.
Signing up was the easy part. Then we had to decide what to build. I was thinking maybe a bench or a shelf but my silent partner had big ideas. He said “let’s build a farmhouse style table.” Since farmhouse style seems to be all the rage right now, this choice just made sense.
Farmhouse style seems to be very loosely interpreted these days, but when I imagine a table that might have actually been used in a farm-house, I see a table built using inexpensive materials, that served as a place to gather and share meals as a family. Nothing fancy, just functional and inviting.
If you have priced farmhouse style tables you know they can be pretty expensive. The key to keeping the cost of the table low is to build your own legs. A basic leg of these dimensions will easily add $100 to your table build if purchased.
Our cost was $2.37 per leg, the cost of a single framing stud.
The total for this project came in around $75 dollars.
Here’s what we used for our 2×4 project
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2 boxes, 8 x 2″ bronze, coarse thread pocket hole screws by Hillman
Kreg Jig pocket hole tool
Kreg Jig self-adjusting, 6 inch clamp
4 each 36″ medium duty bar clamps
2 each 4.5″ vise grip wood clamps
17 each 2 x 4 x 8 select fir studs
compound miter saw
Let’s get started…
The table dimensions are as follows; 6′ L X 31.5″ W X 30″ H.
There are a variety of leg styles you can make, we chose a 3″ x 3″ block style.
You will use one 2 x 4 for each leg.
Using a compound miter saw, we cut each board into 32″ sections.
Using a chip brush, spread the glue on the sections to be laminated.
It is important to note: make sure the glue is on both surfaces to be joined.
Spread the bar clamps evenly and apply pressure. You should see glue squeezing out when pressure is applied. You want this to happen. Have a cup of warm water handy along with some paper towels to wipe away the excess glue from the seams.
With the 36″ bar clamps, you will be able to stack the 3 board laminates together for set up. Allow your legs to set up at least 24 hours to insure proper adhesion.
We used a 10″ table saw to cut down the laminated legs to measure 3″ x 3″.
Next, we finished the length on all legs to 28.5″. We used the sliding compound miter saw for this.
For the table top we inspected and laid out 9 boards to see which ones fit best together.
We cut each board down to measure 6′ L.
Now you are ready to drill your pocket holes and join each board together. Just follow the Kreg Jig instructions for joining 1.5″ boards. You will use one clamp to hold the jig in place while drilling.
We like to use two scrap pieces of lumber and a clamp near the pocket hole when joining boards. This will insure you have a flat top when completed.
Space your pocket holes as necessary for the size and type of wood used for your project.
You will want to make an apron to transition the table top to the legs. Our apron measurements for this size table 22.25″ and 63″. You will have two pocket holes on the inside of each board end where it meets the leg. Space pocket holes as needed to secure the apron to the table top.
Now you are ready to lay your legs and apron pieces out on the underneath side of your table top and begin joining.
We added 3, 24″ cross members for extra stability.
The final step was to sand all surfaces. We used a random orbital sander with an 80 grit disc to finish sand and contour corners and edges.
And just like that our 2×4 project is done and yours will be too.
The level of difficulty for this type build is intermediate but it is definitely worth the work to have a farmhouse style table for under $100.
If you have any questions about this project please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below.
We now have two benches to finish out our table. We used the exact same process as listed above and the total cost of materials for everything came in at around $175.
Check out all the other great 2×4 projects in the links below!