In the early 19th century European designs for furniture, and in certain affluent cases the furniture itself, flooded onto American soil. While farmers had access to lumber, basic carpentry skills, and these designs, they were not the skilled cabinet makers that one would have to be to follow such instructions. So the versions of tables they created for the farmhouse, tables that they would make for their own use were necessarily solid, sturdy, dependable, and yet far simpler than the designs that came out of Europe. From these efforts we now have farmhouse tables, which can cover a broad range in size, though the standard is usually that such tables are quite large. After all, they were meant to be able to seat both family and all in some cases the farmhands.
In the early 21st century, Americans are finding that they crave furniture that will physically last longer than the latest fad, whose style will endure past the current fashion. In short, furniture that doesn’t bear instructions for recycling stamped underneath with the assumption that it is a disposable commodity. With an awareness of the environmental impact of both creating and disposing of consumer goods, we want to make knowledgeable and responsible purchases.
Many farmhouse table and chairs today can be found to be made out of, depending on their manufacturer, recycled wood and to the exacting and long-lasting standards of their antique counterparts. They are sturdily constructed with lathe turned legs set firmly with glue and wooden pins into a wooden frame, or apron, upon which sets the sturdy table top. Often times constructed out of planks of wood with the attractive grain extending the length of the table. Modern versions of the antique farmhouse table often have an all natural varnish applied along with a weathering process that allows your newly manufactured table to blend in with the other antiques in your home.