Some good friends of mine recently commissioned a dining room table. They wanted a rustic farmhouse table: the kind of table that dominates Pinterest and built from construction lumber. I wanted to build them something better. So, Here is what I came up with.
I will make the table and bench top from black walnut. Furthermore, both will have draw-bored bread-board ends. The customer wants to paint the base. So, I will build it from less expensive lumber: likely poplar or maple. I will assemble the entire table using loose tenon joinery.
While drawing plans for the customer, I also provided them with several options for details such as the legs. In the end the customer went with the third option.
In the end, I believe the design of the farmhouse table was a success. I hit a compromise that both I and the customer are happy with.
Consequently, I went ahead and purchased the walnut. In fact, I finished gluing up the main panel for the farmhouse table top last night.