Many people like benches instead of chairs for farmhouse tables. This gives a traditional classy look and also a rustic design. Moreover, the process of building farmhouse tables with benches is very straightforward. This free DIY detailed plan from Love Grows Wild is perfect for you if you have that taste of rustic design. The plan also requires very little carpentry skills, and even if this is the first woodworking project of your life, you can make this table with the detailed instructions provided.

Build this handy stool in one hour and park it in your closet. You can also use it as a step to reach the high shelf. All you need is a 4 x 4-ft. sheet of 3/4-in. plywood, wood glue and a handful of 8d finish nails. Cut the plywood pieces according to the illustration. Spread wood glue on the joints, then nail them together with 8d finish nails. First nail through the sides into the back. Then nail through the top into the sides and back. Finally, mark the location of the two shelves and nail through the sides into the shelves. Don’t have floor space to spare? Build these super simple wall-mounted shoe organizers instead!


#00 Steel Wool and White Vinegar – Put a handful of steel wool in a jar and add white vinegar. Let the vinegar dilute the steel wool for at least a couple days. The mixture will get darker the longer you let it sit. Once diluted, simply paint the mixture on your piece. Oxidation will occur and the mixture reacts with the tannins in the wood to give it variations in color. It changed the Fir wood to dark blues, greys, browns, and black. Do not use white Pine because it will not darken much at all.
There was one crack which required stabilization to prevent further splitting.  On an old piece of wood there is nothing more beautiful than a contrasting butterfly inlay to lock the pieces together.  Alternatively you could glue and clamp the split, however it is hard to get enough glue into the crack and an inlay looks much better.  I used a piece of bloodwood and an inlay jig on my router for the butterfly.  This was the first time I've tried inlay and it was very easy.  While the butterfly is beautiful & interesting, it acts functionally as 2 opposing wedges to prevent the crack from widening.  The last pic shows the finished product.
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