The Perfect Walnut Farmhouse Dining Table Handmade in Kentucky
Rustic Elegance: Walnut Farmhouse Dining Table
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...