My Wood Project Revealed

Remember the woodworking project I mentioned here and here and here?

And this wood?


This is what I made:

A farmhouse table!!!

I have dreamed of owning a table like this…forever (but who has a spare $2595.00 for it?).Um, not me.

I got the bug to make my own while perusing the Ana White Blog (no relation). If you haven’t been, you should. It’s an amazing resource for DIY plans and empowering woman energy. I saw this table and thought I could do it, even though I have NEVER built anything out of wood before { I know it seems a little crazy to take on a project this big for the first one, but I tend to just jump in when motivated}. And guess what?

I did.

The best part is it cost under $200.00 (including the circular saw I had to buy, sandpaper, lots of screws, glue, wood filler, Special Walnut 224  stain, and polyurethane).

I am so beyond proud of myself. I am a firm believer that you can do anything you put your mind to. And this proves it.

**Technically, I needed my husband to help me lift it in and out of the garage (cause this sucker’s heavy) but that was it. Go Girl Power!

If I can haul 8 foot boards and notch them with a circular saw, anyone can.

The only question is: What will I build next?


Have you taken on any big projects lately? I’d love to see them. Just leave a comment so I can hop on over to your blog too.

16 thoughts on “My Wood Project Revealed

  1. WOW!!! That is GORGEOUS!!! Beautiful job!

    I think you should add some of these to your Farmers Market sales! If you have these at $400 even they would sell!!! Taking any orders???

    1. Oh Sheila. Thanks! The labor was so intense that I would have to sell it for way more than that. The knots in my shoulders would accept no less than $2000!
      It was a one time project for sure:)
      You totally could make one though!

  2. That is amazing! I love building things, but I would have thought a planked table would be too hard. Actually, I would’ve thought I could do it, bought all the supplies and let it sit in my basement for 3 years until I decided it was too hard. So kudos to you!

  3. Fantastic Michelle!!! We had a similar one to this in a previous house that I bought, and it cost me $2,200. I loved it, but I would imagine the pride at having made it yourself would make it far more valuable to you than anything you could buy. And it’s absolutely beautiful to boot!! Well done, you go girl! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Kristin!! I absolutely know now why they cost so much! It was so much work (I am still in the process of sealing it), but so worth it.

  4. I can’t believe your first project was such a large one! You did a super job!
    way to go.
    thanks so much for linking up and linking back. I’m catching you this week!

  5. I absolutely love your table! You have inspired me to start my own. Spare time for me is scarce so I have decided that the only way I will be able to pull this off is by giving one of my other hobbies up for a while. Many people are stating that this is a weekend project but I expect this to be more like a few months for me to complete. I would like to know what kind of wood you used for this table? I like the way your finished stained project turned out and would like to achieve the same look. Did you buy your lumber at a regular home improvement store like Home Depot or a shop specializing in furniture making supplies? Thanks……. LizzyG

    1. Hi Lizzy! Good for you!
      I used just plain ol’ Doug fir for this.
      I have learned since then, (this was my first project), to carefully pick the straightest,
      flattest boards I can find. I went to Home Depot for these. Their boards are really warped and curved, so be sure to hand pick each board and get the best you can. It makes all the difference.
      They have everything there (screws, wood, stain).
      I also suggest, if you use the same plans, to print out or write out the shopping list and stick to it.
      Good Luck! I would love to see what you make when you are done!!

      1. That’s great to hear because good Ole Douglas Fir is all Home Depot has. My husband is the dept manager for the lumber dept. at our local Home Depot so he will help me choose the better pieces. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am. If you follow Pinterest take a peak at my boards ( and you’ll see how many Farmhouse tables I have pinned.
        Also, can you please tell me the brand and exact color stain you used for yours? I would so appreciate that. Thanks again……. LizzyG

        1. Wow! That is awesome. Then you will get the best wood ever!
          I used Special Walnut 224 Minwax stain, then coated it with clear Poly.
          Since then, I have found a bunch of natural low voc stains that I like quite a bit.
          Sesame by SamaN is what I used for our computer desk.It was waaaay less smelly.
          Good Luck!

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