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DIY Farmhouse Table

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What’s even better than sitting down to a home-cooked dinner with your loved ones? Enjoying that hot food on a gorgeous farmhouse table you’ve built yourself!

Ready to get started? Here’s your shopping list:

  • (2) 2×10 144″ board
  • (1) 2×4 120″ board
  • (2) 4×4 96″ board
  • (1) 1×4 72″ board
  • 2 1/2″ wood screws
  • 2 1/2″ jig screws

Now it’s time to assemble your tools. There’s a reason why a sliding compound mitre saw is usually the first saw a DIYer adds to their arsenal. It’s a powerhouse tool that you can use it to cut so many different types and sizes of wood.

We love Makita’s 12″ Sliding Compound Mitre Saw for projects like this. It has a soft-start feature to eliminate start-up shock — helping your movements remain calm and smooth — and its electric brake motor stops the blade quickly once it’s released, making it safer for beginner woodworkers.

To make this farmhouse table, you’ll use your mitre saw to cut pieces for the legs bases, leg supports, and the “X” supports (which give it that farmhouse flair we all love). You’ll use a table saw to rip the tabletop boards down to the proper width.

Here’s your cut list:

  • (4) leg base, 2x4x30″
  • (2) leg support, 4x4x24 3/4″
  • (8) X supports, 4x4x18 1/8″
  • (4) table top boards, 2x10x72″

Get started by assembling the legs of your farmhouse table. You’ll use wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws to attach the 2x4s to the 4x4s. This will form two “Ts” where the 4x4s runs vertically and the 2x4s run horizontally.

Next up, you’ll attach the “X” supports, which will give your table that signature farmhouse style. Each X support will have a 47-degree angle on one end (which will rest against your 2x4s) and a 43-degree angle on the other end (which will rest against your 4x4s). Use wood glue and countersunk wood screws.

Cutting angles is easy with a mitre saw. Just be sure to measure twice and cut once, especially if you’re new to angles. Remember that the longest side of these pieces should measure 18 1/8″.

Attach your table’s feet to your leg bases using some wood glue and a few finish nails. This part is optional, but it will give your table a nice “finished” look.

While a farmhouse table might look like it’s been made from one huge slab of wood, most are actually smaller boards secured together. Use your table saw to rip the 2×10 boards down to 8″ widths. (Pro tip: It looks best if you cut away both sides of the board to remove those fresh-from-the-lumber-yard rounded edges.)

Assemble the tabletop using pocket holes and pocket hole screws on three of the boards, and be sure to space them evenly so it looks clean. Then all that’s left is to attach your tabletop to your base with screws — or, if you want your table to be easy to take apart (in the event of a move), use threaded inserts and bolts.

To make sure your table stays sturdy during even the rowdiest family dinners, add a center support beam that runs between the two legs. If you want a more industrial look, try using a metal pipe (secured with flanges) instead.

Plug any holes with wood filler, give the whole thing a good sanding, and then you’re free to stain or paint your farmhouse table. Seal it with a satin-finish polyurethane to protect it from stains and spills, and you’re ready to make memories around your beautiful, hand-built farmhouse table. Nice work!

Dress Up a Project with New Hardware

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Whether you’ve spent weeks on a project or you’re looking for a quick tweak to refresh something you already have in your home, the right hardware can be the perfect finishing touch.

There are so many ways to dress up a project by swapping out the hardware. From the bedroom to the front hall, and everything in between, here are a few ideas to get you started …

A dresser refresh:

A solid dresser can last a lifetime, so there’s no need to kick it to the curb if you get sick of how it looks or find the style no longer suits your decor. Paint the dresser so it looks fabulous in your room again, and — here’s the important part — replace the knobs with something really special.

Just picture your dresser painted a soft blush pink with these Richelieu Eclectic Glass Knob, or painted a deep charcoal grey and accented with these stunning black Richelieu Contemporary Crystal Knobs.

A jewellery organizer:

If the surfaces of your bedroom furniture are always strewn with necklaces and bracelets, there’s an easy — and attractive — way to keep them organized and tangle-free.

All you need is a simple board dressed up with a bit of paint or stain — the length depends on how many pieces you’d like to display — and a collection of pretty knobs to serve as jewellery hooks.

We’re digging Richelieu’s Eclectic Glass Knobs, an antique-inspired knob with sweet speckles which would add the perfect, delicate touch to any bedroom decor.

A media cabinet:

If you have a cabinet beneath any TV, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time noticing it. It’s literally hanging out beneath the thing you’re staring it! What if we told you your existing cabinet is fine, but it could be made over in a matter of minutes — making it feel brand-new all over again?

Take the time to unscrew the cabinet’s existing hardware and replace it with something fresh. Richelieu’s Glass City Collection features an ultra-modern glass and brushed nickel knob that would be perfect in a high-tech spot like a media room. We also like the futuristic feel of Richelieu’s Contemporary Acrylic and Metal Knob. The simplicity of this square design will take your media cabinet straight into the next millennium.

Your closet doors:

You may not want to take the time to paint your closet doors, but what if you livened them up by replacing those dull builder-basic knobs that came with the house?

White doors instantly look more sophisticated with Richelieu’s sparkly Contemporary Crystal Knobs, and you can draw attention a set of black closet doors by choosing Richelieu’s vintage-inspired, square-shaped Eclectic Glass Knobs in a speckled mirror finish.

Once you’ve replaced the hardware on one set of closet doors, we promise you’ll be back to do the rest. It’s such an easy change with an amazing payoff.

Questions about choosing new hardware to dress up your project? We’re always here to help!

Indoor/Outdoor Bar Cart

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Does the cold weather have you thinking about the summer times ahead? At TIMBER MART, we have all the materials you need to build your next summer bar cart – and if you can’t wait, it’s great for indoor and outdoor! Have fun with our idea for your next DIY at-home project and create a piece that function both outside and in!

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