Traditional Farmhouse Table

I really like these. So simple, so timeless…so cool! These can work just about anywhere, I think.

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I’ve had a large piece of old, reclaimed fir in the shop that I had been wanting to use for the legs on a table such as this for quite some time. A little schedule change left me with some time to do just that.

Straying a little bit from what I would normally use for a top (1.5″-2″ thick wood) I went with a little bit thinner (1″) because thats what I think this table would have been built with a hundred years ago. Granted, it wouldn’t have been made with “reclaimed wood” and been a statement piece in a hip family’s home decor, but it most likely would have been a centerpiece of a family’s farm house. It would have hosted family dinners, gatherings, and what I like to imagine most….it would have been the landing place for loaves of fresh baked bread!

Which brings us to the bread boards; Breadboards are just that…boards for bread. Not to cut bread on…not to just set bread on…but to keep the boards on the table from warping when all the hot loaves were turned out of their pans onto the table. The heat and humidity would cause the boards to twist and bend, and over time they would have less and less tendency to go back to being flat and uniform. Adding the piece of wood, perpendicular to the length of the table, stabilized the boards and prevented the warping and twisting, therefore making the table that was most likely quite valuable and took a long time to build last longer.

Which, now brings us back to the thinner wood on top. Had I built this with the thicker wood I mentioned above, or, more pertinently, had the table been built with thicker wood 100 years ago, the breadboards wouldn’t really have been needed since the thicker wood would have resisted the twisting and bending much better than the thinner wood when 10 loaves of hot, fresh bread (ok…who wants some fresh, hot bread right now…right?) was dumped upon it.

And if you’re asking yourself  “Well why didn’t they just build a big, thick table and not have to worry about breadboards in the first place, Chuck? …You gorgeous, mad genius, you!”, I have an answer for that too.

Money.

Or lack thereof. Chances are that this style of table was in the kitchen of a working class family and was likely built by the man of the house as well. He might have even milled the boards himself, using the minimum thickness possible allowing him to maximize his available material and resources.

These tables do have some variations that Ive seen, but this is the style that I’ve gravitated towards the most.

I would personally love to keep this table in our house, but my wife still loves the big, round maple dining table I built for us last year (hmmm..maybe I should post some pics of that?) and I did build it to offer it for sale…sooooooo, there ya go. A classic example of the Farmhouse Table. 96×39 and seats 10 easily.

Offered at $1150 SOLD
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