A table for Christmas…

Technically a table for fall but since we are having our first extended family Christmas on this table in a few days, it feels like the inaugural meal.

Eddie built this table about a year ago from this plan and it has been collecting dust and piles of junk in the basement for over a year. The sanding was about half complete when crummy weather on the carport forced the project inside where it sat for an embarrassing long time.

After we wrapped up the farmers market this summer, Eddie got back to it. In an effort to keep the dust down, we loaded up the table and two benches and hauled them to the barn.

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At this point, the table was still in very rough condition. Rough pine 2×4’s and 2×6’s from the lumber yard and I found it hard to imagine this table in an actual dining room.

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Eddie put about 8-10 hours of additional sanding in at this point and it transformed this table.

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Once home, I put about 12+ hours in two coats of gel stain and 6 or so coats of poly.

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It really turned out beautiful. This was a labor of love for sure.  I have no worries about keeping this table in pristine condition.  Any wear and tear will just add to the patina.

What a better way to say, “Merry Christmas” than a big farmhouse table for all the family to gather….

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5 responses

  1. Very impressive! I don’t mean to randomly drop in on your website. I found your posts when searching GoogleImages for gel stain colors for a farmhouse table. I have finished building/sanding a table for my family almost identical in design (mine being slightly more amateur for my first woodworking project). Do you mind sharing the stain brand/color? It is exactly the look I am looking for. Our intent is probably to get a gel stain for the pine. Thank you very much!

    • Of course. The gel stain worked really well and I would recommend it for sure. We used minwax mahogany gel stain. We did two coats and one quart was just enough to cover the job. Good luck with your table. Would love to see completed pics.

      • Thank you! I just picked up small cans of the mahogany and walnut to compare. And, thank you for the indication about the amount needed. That is certainly a good guide. I will be sure to share photos once completed!

    • It came out beautifully!!!!! Love the backs on the benches. I do miss having something to lean back on to sit and visit after a meal. Thanks so much for the completed pics. We have had plenty of comments on our table at home and I think we might be making some for friends! Hope you enjoy many a meal at your beautiful table!

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