The Perfect Walnut Farmhouse Dining Table Handmade in Kentucky

Rustic Elegance: Walnut Farmhouse Dining Table

Handmade Farmhouse Walnut Dining Table made in Georgetown Kentucky
Handmade Farmhouse dining table and bench

The perfect walnut dining table requires the right materials, the right structure, and most importantly, the right finish to bring out its natural beauty. Although it can be tempting to use a cheaper form of wood, such as soft woods you may find at your big box store, true craftsmen know that there’s nothing like using natural hard wood to make the perfect dining table. Whether you want to build your own dining table or simply keep tabs on how it’s made, this guide will give you some pointers about making a handmade dining table from scratch.

Rough cut walnut lumber cut in Georgetown Kentucky

Choose Your Wood

When selecting the wood for your table, there are a few factors to keep in mind. A beautiful farmhouse dining table is just as important as the food you set upon it; and with that being said, there’s no need to sacrifice quality for price when building one yourself. For this build the wood chosen was walnut cut from the clients property. The tree unfortunatly had to be removed several years prior and the clients had it cut into boards and stacked in their basement to dry.

Check out our FAQ post on selecting the right wood species for you.

Milled Walnut Wood

Milling the Wood

One of the most important steps in building a dining table is milling the wood. You can do your own milling at home or take the boards to a shop to have them do it for you. If you’re doing it yourself, though, I recommend using a planer and jointer—it makes the job much easier and faster. Simply feed your boards through one at a time until they are flat and straight on both sides.

While milling the lumber may be easier to hire out if your DIYing your build check out our blog on some other tools we use in our shop.

Milled Walnut Wood
Milled walnut lumber
Milled dining table leg blanks
Handcrafted Walnut Table Base

Assembly

Most dining tables sold today are made from cheap wood and are assembled with screws or nails. We strive build a superior quality table for clients, something that was handmade and sturdy. We use mortise and tenon joinery for joining the legs to the aprons.

Each leg was individually turned on a lathe by us to ensure they fit perfectly. You can check out a short video below as well as an in depth video on our YouTube channel.

Next we used Z clips to attach the top while still allowing the wood to expand and contract through the seasons.

Want to see the in depth video of us turning these beautiful legs? Check out the link below!

In depth Leg turning video

Walnut table top layout
Hand turned Walnut table legs
Walnut Table Top
Rubio Monocoat Walnut Dining Table

Finishing

We used an oil finish made by Rubio Monocoat. It is a great durable finish that is also easy to repair when life happens. If your interested in learning more about this amazing non toxic finish check out our FAQ section. This is what gives our dining table its beautiful luster. With just a single coat, it adds years of life to your finished piece and protects it from moisture and stains. Learn more here...

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Video

Finished Walnut dining table
Hand turned walnut dining table leg
Handmade Walnut Dining Table

Handmade Farmhouse dining table and bench
Handmade Farmhouse dining table and bench
Handmade Farmhouse dining table and bench

Check out the collection below for the styles of dining tables we currently build. While dining tables are our specialties we build a viriaty of furniture, decor, and home goods. All of our products are made in our family owned woodworking shop in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

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