For at least a year, one of Hannah’s best friends has asked me to make a “fancy X farmhouse table for six”. I studied Anna White’s plan, but was a little intimidated by all the cuts that had to be joined at various angles. Then I met Anna at the Haven conference. It’s not that we talked about this table, but her kind words and openness gave me confidence to try the fancy x table.
Of course, the fancy x farmhouse table originated on Anna White’s website. First, I went to Home Depot and picked out my lumber.
4 2x10s at 8 ft long
7 2x4s at 8 ft long
1 1×4 at 14 ft ( the nice Home Depot man cut it into 2 ft pieces so I could fit it in my SUV)
2 inch finish nails ( I use a nail gun from Harbor Freight)
Once I had my lumber unloaded, the cutting began…
ENDS 8 – 2×4 @ 11 3/8” (ends cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement, NOT parallel) 4 – 2×4 @ 20”
4 – 1×4 @ 28 3/8” **
8 – 2×4 @ 32 5/8”
Then we add another cut piece to make a “k”.
Then we join two “k’s” to make the fancy “x” leg.
Then the top and bottom borders are added to the Fancy “x”.
Then I added the stretcher to make the table 72 inches….this is where you have to decide how long the table is to be. This is just enough for seating 6 without overwhelming Courtney’s dining area…..you can customize for your situation….just decide the table length and subtract 7 inches for each leg width and 24 inches to allow a 12 inch over hang on each end.
The original plan had the stretcher a few inches from the floor. I felt this would get in the way so I raised it to the center of the “x”.
Next came the braces. They add visual interest, but serve as a real part of the structural integrity of the table.
Then I added the 2×4 supports for the table top.
Then I aligned the 2x10s to make the table top. I turn the boards over and move them from one side to another to get the most level top I can…(one day I will have a planer….)
I use wood filler to fill the screw holes on the top….sand and put a coat of kilz primer on followed by a chocolate brown sherman williams base. Then two more coats of dover white from sherman williams.
Last, I sanded down to a distress level that the brown seeped through on those place wear and tear would have caused that “distresses look”…
To protect the table, I brushed on four coats of minwax polycrylic satin finish. The water based sealer won’t turn yellow….
A week later, the fancy “x” table is offering a place to sit and visit. Hannah stopped by on her way home……the first of many visits and meals around the table with her bestest of friends….