DIY Drop Leaf Table: Creating a Versatile Farmhouse Dining Table

When it comes to transforming a space into a multi-purpose room, versatile furniture is key. Imagine having a large, rustic dining table that can seamlessly turn into a console table when not in use. That’s where a DIY Farmhouse Table with a reverse drop leaf comes in. It’s the perfect solution for those who want a dining table that accommodates the whole family during special occasions but can be tucked away to create more space for playtime.

Inspired by Coldren Design and Ana White’s 4×4 Truss Beam Table plans, we embarked on a project to build our dream table. With a few modifications, we crafted a trestle-based DIY Farmhouse Table with recessed, exposed hinges, giving it a unique and rustic charm.

Crafting the Base

The first step in this project was constructing the table base. We extended the length to 8.5′ and reduced the width to 22″ in the center. To add stability and create space for the brackets, we replaced the apron boards with 4x4s. All the necessary wood was purchased from Home Depot, and after making the cuts, we meticulously sanded each piece.

Following the instructions up until step 2, we deviated slightly by attaching the side apron boards directly to the base edges, ensuring a stable surface for the folded-down sides. To achieve the desired aged look, we painted the base, applied a dark glaze, and allowed it to settle into the grooves, adding depth and character to the finish.

Creating Support for Fold-Out Sides

To support the fold-out sides of the table, we added notches along the outer runner. These notches were strategically placed every 17 1/4″ along each side. Additionally, we crafted ten pull-out brackets from 2x4s, each measuring 9″ in length. These brackets were sanded and fitted into the notches, allowing for smooth movement in and out. To prevent the brackets from falling through, we attached stopper pieces to one end of each bracket.

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The Table Tops

Next, we focused on creating the table tops. The tops consisted of three sections: a center section measuring 22″x8.5′, and two side sections measuring 11″x8.5′. Using pocket holes and screws, we attached the breadboards to the center section, ensuring stability. To add character and achieve an aged look, we used various tools and a hammer to create impressions in the wood, lending a distressed charm to the table.

Aligning the three sections on a flat surface, we marked and notched out placements for each hinge. We installed four hinges on each side, 19″ from each end and 21″ apart. This allowed for smooth folding and unfolding of the table.

Staining the Tops

Before staining the tops, we applied a wood pre-conditioner to avoid blotchiness. Using Rustoleum’s Aged Oak Gel Stain, we stained the table, matching the top of our built-in china cabinet. To protect the stained surface, we applied several coats of Minwax’s Wipe-on poly.

Assembling the Table

With all the components ready, we assembled the table in place. It’s worth noting that this table is quite heavy, so it’s advisable to have some assistance during the assembly process. We joined the tabletop pieces using the hinges, ensuring a secure fit. The center top was mounted first, secured with 4″ screws from the bottom of the table. Finally, we inserted the brackets into the grooves, fine-tuning them for smooth movement.

And there you have it – our DIY Drop Leaf Table is complete! This table perfectly suits our dining/playroom, providing ample space for family gatherings while also acting as a spacious console table during playtime. Its versatility and functionality make it an ideal addition to any home.

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To discover more furniture DIY ideas, be sure to check out the Ames Farm Center for inspiration.