I’m so excited to share this (forever long time coming) DIY kids farmhouse table plan with you today! I’ve been sharing all about the process over on Instagram, but wanted to also get everything down here for you incase you’d like more details or to build your own DIY kids farmhouse table!
For starters, we bought these chunky amazing turned legs in Texas at Harp Design Co. over two (three?) years ago with the intent of building our son a play table. You could absolutely cut some 3×3 lumber down to size if you prefer a straight leg look, or get creative with some turned legs yourself!
Here are the basics of what we did.
Gather your supplies! We used:
- 4 legs – ours were 23″ tall and roughly 3×3 wide
- 1x4x8 (2 pieces) select pine lumber
- 1x8x8 (1 piece) select pine lumber
- 1x6x8 (1 piece) select pine lumber
- Kreg-Jig (exact one we have, there are smaller and larger options as well!)
- 1 1/4″ Kreg-Jig screws
- Clamps (not necessary, but helpful!)
- Jig saw (again not necessary, but helpful to round corners)
- Sander or sanding blocks
- Stain & finish of your choice
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In short, 4 legs and 4 pieces of lumber. We used select pine to get a nice smooth finish without breaking the bank, but you could get as creative as you’d like or use standard common board to make this project even less expensive!
Start off by cutting all of your wood to size. For a 34.5″x29″ table with 3″x3″ sized legs, we cut everything to the below measurements:
- 4 1×8 @ 23.5″ (top)
- 2 1×6 @ 29″ (top)
- 2 1×4 @ 25.75″
- 2 1×4 @ 20.25″
- 1 1×4 @ 24″ (leave til end and custom cut as needed)
- Our legs are roughly 3×3 at the top and were turned. If using a standard 3×3, cut four legs at 23″ long
Next up, assembly! We put together the top and base separately. Below you can see all of the places we added pocket holes using our Kreg-Jig in order to put everything together.
Essentially two on each end of the 1×8 to attach the 1×6 breadboard, and two staggered on each inner seam to attach the 1×8’s to each other. (Ignore the stain swatches, we tried a few at first but didn’t find a winner until the end!)
Next up is the base. You’ll need two pocket holes on the ends of each 1×4 to drill them into the legs, and a few pocket holes angled upwards so you can use them to attach the base to the top. Just watch spacing on these so you can insure you’re not drilling into a seam on the top 🙂
For assembly, we offset the 1×4’s about 1/4″ from the outside of the legs, and added the shorter 1×4 in the middle for additional support. When assembled as is, we had no wiggling of any sort and everything was nice and sturdy!
One last step before putting both pieces together was to round the corners on the top. This is 100% optional and whatever curve you prefer is perfect. We used a cup to keep things consistent and then just cut it out with our jigsaw/sanded smooth.
After that, just flip your top over, center the base on the top, and use the pocket holes to put the two pieces together!
At this point, sand any imperfections you may have in the top or legs and get to staining 🙂 We used a small can of Minwax Weathered Oak and two spoonfuls of Varathane Briarsmoke. I love mixing stains to get the exact look you’re going for, so if you can’t find something perfect off the shelf, always feel free to get creative! After that dried, I used a clear wax as a top coat. There are tons of options out there, I just happened to use what I had on hand. Other options include polycrylic or polyurethane, or something more lacquer based if you want additional protection.
And with that, you’re done!
This little guy is cute and sturdy enough to keep around for years to come, and the slightly higher height means even my husband or I can sit around it to play with our son.
For the chairs, we found a steal of a deal during a rollback sale at Walmart, but any chairs with a seat height of around 14″ should work perfect.
Please let me know if you have any questions while building this DIY kids farmhouse table, and I’d love to see your project if you use these plans! Leave a comment below or contact us over on Instagram 🙂