Building a Farmhouse Table with Lumber from My Sawmill

Building a Farmhouse Table with Lumber from My Sawmill

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[Music] [Applause] Hey it's Brock here with Rock Hill Farms And my daughter has asked me to build Her a kitchen table there's only one Little problem and that is I don't know How to build a kitchen table but I Figure how hard can it be and I've got Tons of rough sa lumber from trees I cut Down myself and milled on the Woodland Mills and I really want to put it to use Anyway so I think we're going to try This stack of boards right here see if I Can turn this stack into a table it's Oak and it's been in here drying for Over a year so we shouldn't have to Worry about it warping or twisting after The fact but first thing I need to do is Get this stack moved get it all laid out And then I'm going to have to plan it to Thickness this is a 15-in Grizzly planer And we've got a dust collector hooked to It you almost have to have a dust Collector on a planer like this or They'll clog up in a hurry so we've Decided what Lumber we're going to use Now we need to PL it all to the same Thickness so we're going to pass through Each board before adjusting the setting That way the finished product they all Come out the [Music] Same [Music]

[Music] I [Music] Most of this was all pretty flat which We know a planer doesn't actually Flatten it it just makes it a uniform Thickness but I think one pass on each Side is still going to leave us with a Full inch of of material to work with And get it good enough for this first Set of [Music] Passes now we have a stack of lumber That is all the same thickness which is A true 1 in and I've brought my dad in For a little bit of help and Expertise we have our basic idea for the Table will be slats running long ways With a cap board on each end We have our Dimensions but what we don't have still Is usable Lumber so even though these Are the same thicknesses they are rough Cut and that goes both Directions so if you put these two Boards against each other there's a big Gap here and a big gap here and so That's the next question is how are we Going to deal with straightening these Up enough that they can butt up against Each other for a Tabletop yeah uh Brock said the wrong Thing he said a little bit of expertise Or something like that makes it sound

Like I know what I'm doing I've built a Couple tables and they've lasted 15 20 Years this is not uh the only way to Make a table it may not even be the best Way to make a table it's the way we're Going to make a table with the tools and Materials we have so like I said my Dad's a woodworking expert and he's About to teach us how to do This so how are we going to get these to Butt up against each other other tight Well I think if we cut them to a rough Length then we can joint The Edge to Straighten them so these boards are About 8 ft long mhm tabletops going to Be 7 ft long but then we've got about a Foot shorter than that when you subtract The ends off so we're going to find the Best six feet of this it's already the Straightest lose any cracked edges stuff Like that yeah absolutely and and in Cutting some of the length off it makes It a lot easier to handle across the saw And you eliminate some of your curve Like you said if you cut off the worst Ends one of the reasons to cut these a Little bit long that I didn't think of Dad was just telling me is that we're Not getting a square corner right now Because we don't have straight sides so If this has a bow out then our miter saw Even at 90 is not cutting 90 So now we've cut seven boards that will

Make up the lengthways runs on the table Saw now we're going to cut two at 46 Even though they're going to end up at 42 we're just kind of roughing in the Lengths we need to make joining Easier [Music] That's [Music] So you saw the big gap a minute ago a Little bit with the Joiner now it looks Like one of these two boards still is Sticking out further in the middle in The End um because we're we're touching from Here to here or from there to there yeah That's a big difference from the uh 3/8 Gap we had to start with 38 of an inch But yeah we're not quite there yet it Looks to me like this is the one that's Not straight but I can't say that for [Music] Sure so we made one more pass and we're Still oh it's definitely closer now Our seams tight down to about the last Foot or So the good thing is I've got a level That's as long as our boards Almost and yeah we're straight you can See where it's where it comes off mhm See this One is pretty much perfect yep so for Those of you who don't know a jointer Gives you one straight edge that is

Always 90° to your PL [Music] Edge [Music] Okay so we've laid out our boards this Is the table these are the supports Under the table that give it strength And we're going to attach all this with Pocket holes so we've went through and Marked everywhere that a pocket hole Screw should be X here here here here on Each board and then staggered this screw Goes in this way and we'll have one Coming this way so on this side we've Got our marks all the way down for our Pocket hole screws same thing with these Boards we want one screw here two two Two two and one so we went through and Made marks on everywhere we need a Pocket hole I've numbered the boards 1 2 3 4 5 six so that they go back together Right and now we've got a lot of pocket Holes to drill for those who haven't Seen it this is our homemade Craig Drilling station it's got a foot pedal That fires air cylinders when we release That this will drop back and we put our Work piece in [Applause] It the way we used this previously it Had a pattern with where these were at In relation to our work piece this is Going to be more random so this one Lines up with a hole so does this one

And this one so I can drill three of Them we'll hit the foot pedal and we'll Get this One And you hear that air rush that's not Just like exhaust from the cylinder that Is designed to blow the wood chips out Or the sawdust so when this kicks back Automatically blows it Out that's my dad's design pretty slick We've got a video just talking about the Design of this I'll put a Link at the End of this video that took about 10 Minutes Okay I have no idea 15 I don't know how Long it took but that Craig jig is fast And now we've got all the holes drilled And we can just start zipping this Together I think we're going to put the The screws in from these um support Boards down into it first because that Will level them with each other as much As possible then will run the screws to Attach the boards to each other because We're using so many pocket holes we Decided that we don't need to glue the Planks up is that true or not who knows But that's what we're going to do that Table that I built for your mom I didn't Glue the boards and I know it's been 20 Years the table's also going to have a Skirt around the outside that the legs Sit in it'll be taller than this but These boards here that add strength to

The tabletop will also be pocket hold Into that skirt so we've got our spacing That skirt's going to be 2 in in plus The 1 in thickness of the board so we We've got this 3-in spacer here to tell Us where to place our support boards now We can start running screws we used to Use a lot of Craig screws in Manufacturing and these are 5,000 screw Boxes I think I've got like five boxes Over there so any kind of project that Uses Craig screws I'm in [Applause] As it flips I want you [Music] [Laughter] Go it fall Apart oh dang that's beautiful I think It will be why isn't it flat who was in Charge of making sure this was I messed Up so the truth is rookie mistake when I Was planing them I was trying to keep The thickness and I should have done More passes with the Planer but not too bad there's some Little lips here that'll have to be Sanded so now we've got our pocket holes Drilled in this board and we're ready to Attach the end cap but if you look this Board's sticking out just a little bit Further than these on this end that's Not going to give us a good tight fit so We're going to sand this board down just A little bit to make it

Fit so I decided to put a 4in skirt Around the table 2 Ines in And if you're new here you're probably Wondering like what the PL what plans I'm using or you know if I'm going to Share my measurements I have not written Anything down I had no plan she said she Wanted a table she sent me a picture of A generic table I'm just winging it and I I always just wing it and it usually Works out pretty good we'll see this Time so for the skirts I just cut them a Couple inches shorter than the finished Length of the table pocket hold all Through those the inboards pocket holes Everything's ready to screw [Music] Together if I had a plan there wouldn't Be a pocket screw outside of the Skirtboard I don't have a plan so that's What we [Applause] Get And the end cap for the skirt is pocket Hole to the side and Down it's a pocket hole party around Here I looked at a bunch of different Ways to attach table legs the legs on The table in my house which it's a Really nice table it's well built but They have an angle cut on here and then They put an angle board across here and Then they they screw the leg in through That I think it's actually bolts with uh

Anchor system I could do something like That I saw people actually attaching the Legs using pocket holes in this like it Was setting here and they had pocket Hole screws going into the legs I don't You can tell I like using pocket hole Screws but not for that I don't think That's strong enough so what I'm going To do I've made another board here this Is going to Attach to the table the same way all the Other ones Do pocket hole screws going down pocket Hole screws going into this This will be this board will be as Strong as anything on the Table then I can bolt directly through Here into the the leg and I think I'm Going to put a couple screws like 3in Deck screw type of screws counter sunk In right [Music] [Applause] Here Well it looks like a table which is Pretty Cool my helper's over there buddy I need You all the way out of the way while I Flip this over come all the way over Here now for the Moment of Truth see how It looks on the Ground So as I was getting ready to take that Off the table I was thinking about the

Weight of a normal table that is not the Weight of a normal table that sucker is Heavy cuz it's all solid oak rough cut There's no Pine or particle board or Anything like that in it which is what Makes it cool in my mind so I went in And grabbed one of our chairs from our Kitchen table to make sure that it was Going to be a comfortable height and it Is which I should have known I took Measurements off of our table so it's Going to be the same height I've only Got one job left I'm going to do which Is router these edges but I think I'll Just do that tomorrow but I'm just going To run a router around the outside with A very light touch on it and just break The edge and my daughter was just here I Told her that you know this is your Christmas present Merry Christmas And I'm going to let her finish it So there's some sanding on the top if This was my table I wouldn't sand it any At all it's smooth enough and the little Wavy spots or rough spots I would say Give it character if she wants like a Nice gloss finish on it then she can Sand it as smooth as she wants she can Pick the colors she wants to stain it I'm actually going to do two things I'm Going to sand right here where these Screw holes are and I'm going to Route The edges and she can come over here Here and finish it when she's ready this

Is the first table I've ever built it's Pretty solid I mean I I'm kind of Lifting the corner when I do that but It's not the table's not rocking or Anything like that I think it looks Pretty nice it's solid as a rock and It's heavy so I'm really happy with it I Appreciate you taking time to watch the Video I'll put links on the screen to a Couple more of our videos and I'll see You next time

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