Update: Woodfiller on Farmhouse Table

So I wanted to post an update about the wood filler I used on my farmhouse table. This gets a little scary, but I’ll start out by saying I still don’t regret my decision to fill. But, I will do it a little different next time.

The wood I used for this table was the cheapest builders grade boards I could get. That kept my cost down to under $150!! Which is pretty sweet. But, this type of wood is wet. Which means over time, shrinkage!

Most of my table held up pretty well, but there was one board in particular that really has shrunk…which caused cracking in the wood filler.

Here is what the wood filler that held up looks like:

Woodfiller Farmhouse Table

And here is the board that didn’t hold up so well

Cracks Farmhouse Table

This is an easy fix though, but I want to do it right so this doesn’t happen again!!

First I taped off the bottom of the table. It looks like a lot of work, but this took me less than 10 minutes.

Painters Tape Farmhouse Table

Then I started filling with Minwax Stainable Wood Filler

Minwax Stainable Wood Filler

It takes A LOT of wood filler, which is maybe why some decide not to fill. But again, I want a table my kids can use and I can clean! No icky food stuck in the cracks!!

Big Glob Wood Filler Farmhouse Table

I had a big bucket of warm water handy and when I felt like the crack was completely filled, I just washed of the table. I worked in small sections so the wood filler didn’t have a chance to dry to my table top. I only wanted it in the cracks! I used a childs butter knife, just worked easiest for me. After I thought I had enough, I went back and checked for air pockets by poking the knife along the entire section and adding more wood filler when needed.

Filled Cracks Farmhouse Table

Then I let this dry for a full 24 hours. I used a small brush to stain just the wood filler, used a dry rag to wipe of any excess stain and then another small brush to add a coat of polyurethane over the wood filler only

Farmhouse Table Wood Filler Finish

Voila, just like new!!

I plan to leave the blue painters tape for now…and give it a couple weeks to see how it does. If it holds up I think I will do a coat of silicone on the underside of the table just as added protection. If I do end up filling again in the future, this would also eliminate the taping part.

Have you ever filled the cracks on a table like this? Any pointers?

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Build Your Own Factory Cart Coffee Table

I am so excited to share my Factory Cart Coffee Table reveal today. This is a basic, beginner level project. I used my Ryobi Table Saw (I love that thing), but you could make your cuts with a circular saw (or ask the guys at Home Depot or Lowes to cut the boards for you).

Don’t you just love these castors? You couldn’t buy these castors, this size for the price I got the entire cart for.

Castors Antique Cart

Ana White has plans on her site that I used as a rough guide. If you don’t want to buy a cart, or can’t find one, you can use these plans to create a base to attach castors to.

I started out by cutting cross supports the length of the cart top

Cross Beams

After determining the height I wanted the coffee table I changed my plan and used a scrap 2×4 I had for my base

Beginning Frame Coffee Table

I attached the front and back pieces first, and then added the cross supports. In the end I wanted my table top to have a slight overhang so I attached them flush with the top of the boards

Frame Factory Cart Coffee Table

Then I attached the sides. I counter sunk all the screws since I knew I would fill them with stainable wood filler when I was finished. I think it gives the table a more rustic look.

Counter sink screws I also did this for the top. I measured a straight line where I knew a support was underneath. I placed one screw in the center of each board and then used my finishing nailer for extra strength. I used a lot of glue too.

Here is the finished table after I filled the holes

Built Coffee Table

Next I sanded with 120 grit paper to get all the extra wood filler off the boards and make them nice and smooth. I also rounded the edges just a bit

Sanded Coffee Table I made sure to let as many knots in the wood show…again making it feel a little more industrial or rustic.

I chose dark walnut stain by minwax (1 coat) and finished the table with 2 coats of polyurethane. I sanded with a very fine sanding block in between each coat of poly. I also prepped the table with wood conditioner.

Stained coffee table

I love how this table turned out!!

Factory Cart Coffee Table DIY

Factory Cart Coffee Table Close Up

The wheels look a little lighter in these pictures, but they are more true to what you see in the outdoor pictures.

Factory Cart Coffee Table

The finish turned out beautiful!

Pinterest Coffee Table Factory Cart

If you are thinking of taking that leap into your first DIY build…this would be the perfect project. It’s basically my third big project. My first was my farmhouse table. Next, I made the raised wooden cooler for my husband for Father’s Day. And now this coffee table. If I can do it, you definitely can!!

Head over to my linky party Weekend Beautiful and link up your projects. I would love to see what you have been up to!! 

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