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I am really excited to share this collection with you. The table from this collection has been our most popular by far, and built the most frequently!  It combines some of the best features of Rustic, French Country, and Farmhouse styles yet maintains a modern sensibility. This table uses nothing but 2x4's and will come in at Under $25!  If you can find reclaimed wood, that will add something special to this piece!

This collection is actually meant for outdoor use and has board spacing to accommodate water run off or potential weather issues that may arise. This would be equally as fabulous indoors behind a sofa or in an entry way, however.

Estimated Cost

Under $25

  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw - Table Saw or circular saw, something that will allow you to make a bevel cut running the length of the board for the leg pieces.
  • **Kreg Jig - Optional, and can be built without one, but will have many unsightly attachments (make sure you countersink to prevent this as much as possible if you aren't using a Pocket Hole System) for this project and as is the case with most projects, would definitely benefit from using one. This project in particular will benefit from hidden fastening.
  • 7 - 2x4 at 10'
  • 1 - 2x4 at 8'
  • **Kreg Jig Owners: 1 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws (PHS).
  • 2 1/2" Screws 2" Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 8 - 2x4 @ 28 1/2" (Legs)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 47" (Lower Frame)
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 9 1/2" (Frame)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 43" (Front Back Aprons)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 1/2" (Side Aprons)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 46 1/2" (Front Back Top Boards)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 12" (Side Boards)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 12 1/2" (Supports)
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 50" (Middle Bottom Shelf Boards and Table Top)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 47" (Bottom Outside Shelf Boards)

** Since this project can be used outdoors, consider finishing each board prior to assembling to ensure the most water tight and protected coating. Certain wood species tend to be a bit better for outdoor use as a general rule: Cedar, Redwood, and Teak are a few. 

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1
Step 1

Carve out a 1 3/4" Square from each of the the legs (8) in total (only 4 showing below). Then bevel the longer edge of each leg at a 45° Angle.

Step 2
Step 2

Fasten 2 Boards with Opposing Edges together. For Kreg Owners, use your PHS on the inside of the 2 leg boards, and for those of you who are counter sinking, use 2" Screws on the outside.

Step 3
Step 3

Kreg Owners: Attach the Aprons to the Legs first, then build the Frame and Fasten to the Aprons and Legs. Non Kreg Owners: Build the Frame and fasten to the Legs, then Attach the Aprons by fasten from inside the frame to hide screw holes.

Step 4
Step 4

Fasten the Bottom Shelf Boards to the Frame and Aprons: Carve a 2" x 1 1/2" square from each corner of the Outside Boards to allow it to fit inside the Leg area. Space the Boards 1/2" Apart.

Step 5
Step 5

Attach the Top Boards to the Legs: Carve out a 1 3/4" Square from the edges of each Board (Front, Back, and Sides). Kreg Owners: You can skip to the next step and complete that first if it's easier to do, then return to this step and use your PHS on the inside to fasten these boards to the Legs. Non Kreg Owners, fasten from the top on the Longer edge down into the Legs, use 2 1/2" Screws.

Step 6
Step 6

Fasten the Supports to the Front and Back Top Boards. Measurements shown are from the edge of the Front and Back Boards, not the outside edge of the Table.

Step 7
Step 7

Fasten the Table Top to the Supports and Top Boards: Use 2 1/2" Screws or Nails, just be sure to countersink and pre-drill for the most professional appearance if using screws.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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