Welcome-Welcome. We are so curious on what everyone thought of Friday Farmhouse Favorites. LMB is (and has always been) a night owl, and I am talking borderline nocturnal. As I am slowing down for the day, she is winding up, creative brain is in full effect. Last week, well into a deep sleep, she shakes me wake as if an intruder was in the house, to tell me about this wonderful idea… Friday Farmhouse Favorites! Well needless, at first I was more confused and a wee-bit annoyed with the idea, but as I woke up the next morning to read her post, I thought it was a fantastic idea. So please share your thoughts. So a DIY step by step, is well over due. About a month ago LMB shared a DIY Rustic Small Console. Its a light weight smaller table, perfect for behind a sofa or entryway. Here is how it turned out…
Start with the Legs
Build four legs using two 1 x 3 and two 1 x 6’s. Cut each leg to 31 1/4 inches,and rip the 1 x 6 to boards to 4 inches wide. Glue and clamp mating surfaces. I used a Ryobi 18v One+ Airstrike 16GA Straight Nailer, to keep the pieces in place. ++ Side note, this project was the first time I have ever used a cordless/airless pneumatic nail gun before was truly-truly impressed. LMB said it’s her favorite tool in the workshop. No loud air compressors, or cables strung all over the place. I couldn’t tell you how many nails I used, I’d say I used over 100 nails, and the light indicator was still in the full light… so a single battery would go a long way.
Cap the leg with a 1 inch board, cut to 4″ x 4″, and glue and screw the piece onto the leg. This will provide a solid mating surface for the table top.
Provide Support across the legs
Cut two 2 x 2’s to 47 1/2 inches. Cut two 2 x 2’s to 23 1/2 inches. Drill two pocket holes using a KregJig into the 2 x 2’s.
Ensuring the 2 x 2 is flush to the outer face and top of the leg, glue and screw the 2 x 2 into place. Repeat these steps for the bottom shelf.
Install the bottom shelf
Cut five 1 x 4’s to 55 1/2 inches. Evenly space them out and glue/screw them to the topside of the support board between the legs. Underneath these boards I place a 1 x 6 center, touching the center of the outside boards to provide center support and prevent drooping of the bottom shelf.
Lay the top, sand, and finish
The top is a 3/4 inch sanded piece of plywood. Cut to 60″ x 36″. Lay the top in place, and measure 2 1/4 inches from each side of each leg. Once square screw into place with countersink GRK screws and wood file. Sand the entire piece using a 100 grit palm sander or belt sander.
And now… Stain and paint. I have been doing a lot of stain and rustic style painting in previous builds, like the DIY Porch Planters, and DIY Rustic TV Stand, I wanted to an all stained piece. After all was done, I was happy with the build, but I did regret not doing the stain and rustic-antique inspired painting of the piece, and I have so much more fun doing that part of the project. While I like doing projects, I could easily take a bunch of raw builds and do that rustic style painting to them… I put on headphones and paint away like its a regular-ole canvas.
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Sanded Plywood 8′ x 4′ x 3/4″
(5) 1″ x 4″ x 6′ Pine (Shelf)
(3) 2″ x 2″ x 8′ Pine (Support Cross Boards)
(4) 1″ x 3″ x 6′ Pine (Leg)
(5) 1″ x 6″ x 6′ Pine (Leg)
GRK 2 inch All Purpose Screws
2 inch 16 GA Nails