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​Farmhouse Style Outdoor Dining

​Farmhouse Style Outdoor Dining

Posted by April Tillery on Oct 17th 2017

Farmhouse Style Outdoor Dining

*I do discuss products used in this post. All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post

I have been wanting to do a farmhouse style table for a while but the timing just hadn't worked out, so I was so excited when Stacy from The Hurried Hostess contacted me to do a custom farmhouse table for her backyard.

We put a lot of love and time into this table and I want to show you some of the features of this amazing table. I think you'll see just how much detail went into this project.

                                                        cedar lumber

After all of the planning and designing was worked out it was time to pick out the lumber. We chose cedar for this build to help the table withstand our harsh Texas climate and to make upkeep simple. I love working with Cedar and every single time we stepped into the shop the smell was amazing! We had a little bit of trouble finding good quality 2x6 lumber for the table and bench tops but the final product was well worth the search for the perfect pieces!

One of the defining features on this piece is that instead of simply gluing or screwing the table base together, we used mortis and tenon joints. Adding liquid nails to the mortis and tenon joints makes for the sturdiest table base you can find. It takes a good bit of concentration, skill, and measuring so I wouldn't recommend trying it out on your project wood if you have never used this method before.

                                Mortis and Tennon joints

                                                  staining and finishing

The table base was the most complicated part of this project and once those joints were set, the rest went together beautifully. Once the cutting and fitting were done for the base, I(April) started working on the staining process for the base and Charles started working on building the table top. Staining and painting is my absolute favorite part of building so I'm always excited when I get to use one of my favorite techniques. As you can see below, I stained each piece before the final assembly to help add to the farmhouse feel. I started with a red oak base from Minwax on each piece. After that was dry, I used an amazing product from Olympic. It looks like paint, but it is actually an outdoor stain, and sealer in one. The first coat looked a bit splotchy since I was using Cedar wood which is very porous and oily. However, after the second coat, it was absolutely gorgeous. The base and the benches are done in a color called Ironbark and the table top is done in a color called Petrified Wood. It took a little bit to learn how this product works but it was fairly easy after catching on and I will definitely use it again. After the red oak and then two coats of Olympic stain, it was time to start on the distressing and the assembly.


We chose to antique bolts and use them to attach the table top to the base to really give it the look of being a barn door that we made a table out of. We also stained the dowels used in the assembly of the base with the red oak stain. Once the entire table was complete assembled, we used an outdoor clear coat that we got from the fine people at Rockler Woodworking. This will ensure easy cleanup for those inevitable messes!

     farmhouse style outdoor dining             

This has been one of my favorite builds to date and I am so happy with the final product and that it went to someone that will love it as much as I do. My hope is that many happy memories will be made at this table for many years to come!

Stacy was such a pleasure to work with the entire time, and I look forward to working with her at The Hurried Hostess for many years to come!

This is what she had to say about her experience with us.

Stacy said,"I have never had the level of customer service with any other company as I have with Tree Climber Creations. I received weekly emails updating me on the status of my beautiful farmhouse table along with photos of how it was progressing. Amazing customer service. Amazing craftsmanship. You won't be disappointed when you purchase from them.

I know farmhouse furniture has been quite popular over the last few years, but it really is a timeless look that I don't believe will ever go out of style.

Now to go and build one for myself!!

What kind of events do you see yourself having on a table like this? 

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