So I built a table. I’ll tell you all about my first experience following table plans, but I have to warn you, I took liberties.
I saw an outdoor Pottery Barn Table Knockoff that Shanty 2 Chic did, and used the same plans they collaborated with Ana White on.
(Get the original plans on anawhite.com.)
But sometimes, I like to complicate things. I can’t stick to a plan.
I wanted to lighten the weight of the table a little bit, because I realized how heavy a 2×6 was when I was loading them up at Home Depot.
So of course I decided not to use all of the 2×6’s after I got them home and they were sitting on the floor in my shop. Instead, I turned right around and went back to get some wood planks. My new plan was to use the wood planks across the top, instead of the 2×6’s the plans call for.
After all was said and done, I had 5 2×6’s and 2 2×4’s left over that I didn’t end up using.
I substituted those with 3 1x12x8 planks, and 1 1x10x8 plank.
I’m fairly certain money-wise, it was a wash. (Lumber total for Ana White’s plan is about $85.00)
Below is a couple photos for reference on measurements. My table length is 92“, a little longer that the 88” on the plans.
After I had the base built, I attached the plank on the end (right end of table), and added a plank at a time.
I used my airstrike from above to secure the end board…
I joined edges of the planks from below,
Then I secured with screws.
(I pre-drilled holes with my Kreg Jig along the edges of the planks before I began putting the top on the table.)
I had built the + by attaching two squares to a 12” wide plank.
When I got to the point where the + came into play, I traced the shape and cut it out with my jigsaw before attaching it to the base.
I’ve never attempted an inlay of sorts, so of course I just made this up as I went along.
I laid the plus sign in and nailed it down.
After that, I finished attaching the planks and took my cordless jigsaw to distress around some edges of the table top.
Then I took a rasp to the edges as well, and leveled any uneven seams between the planks.
And this is a perfect spot to segue into the finishing technique.
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