Happiness is homemade ~Unknown
Don’t you hate it when you know what you want to buy, but as hard as you try, you can’t find what you’re looking for! I spent months looking online at all different sources and couldn’t find what I needed. I wanted a table at the bottom of our stairs, but it could only be so long, so deep and so tall. I’d find the perfect table, and it was too wide; or I found the perfect table and it was too long. Or the price was outrages, or it was the wrong style. You get the point.
I have no idea how this happened, but somewhere along the way, Mr. Cottage said he could build one for me. Not to embarrass him or anything, but he has NEVER built any furniture before. Yes, we did the board and batten, and he’s built frames for our boats so he could cover them in the winter, and he’s built a few other odds and ends. But never furniture until now. Isn’t this a great rustic table he built just for me! I’m so thrilled with it because it’s just what I was looking for.
We only have so much room at the bottom of our stairs, so I had to have a narrow table. I know I could have just had a narrow shelf put on the wall, but I also wanted another shelf lower down.
I figured the lower shelf could hold a few photos and/or flowers, baskets or other decor.
My table actually measures 36″ x 9″ x 32″. To make this exact table, the following items were used:
- 4 – 1 x 4 pine boards, cut 31 3/4″
- 4 – 1 x 4 pine boards, cut 26 1/4″
- 2 – 1 x 4 pine boards, cut 7 5/8 ”
- 2 – 1 x 4 pine boards, cut 6 1/8″
- 1 pc of good quality wood for the top, cut 9″ x 36″
- #8 x 1-1/4″ Flat Head Phillips Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Electric drill
- Power Screwdriver
- Paint, I used Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
- Stain, I used a mixture of MinWax Golden Oak and Dark Walnut
- Sealer for both paint and stain, I used Anne Sloan Soft Wax with the paint and MinWax Wipe On Poly in Clear Satin for the table top.
Mr. Cottage has lots of tools, but we don’t have a Kreg Jig. So to accommodate this table to the tools he owns, he constructed it according to what the photos show. The wood screws were used to anchor the boards to one another, as shown in the photos above and below.
This is looking from the top to the bottom. Notice how the screws don’t come through to the outside.
This photo is looking from the underside of the bottom shelf.
Mr. Cottage worked out the exact spacing on the underside of the tabletop to make sure the top would be centered once it was glued on.
After Mr. Cottage constructed the table and it had been sanded, I painted it and then stained the top. When everything had thoroughly dried, Mr. Cottage used wood glue to glue the top on.
Right now I have some family photos on top, but I’ll eventually have some other things on top with just one or two photos.
This is the view you see from our foyer.
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