I haven’t done woodworking since jr. high and that was only making a plant stand and a turtlebank, so it’s been a while since I last used wood tools and came out with a useable product at the end.
Cutting the wood as per Ana’s instructions would have worked just fine but dad rushed me and I didn’t see the helpful hint:
From the 2x2s, cut one 2x2 @ 44 3/4” and two 2x2 @ 24 1/2” from three of the 2x2s to conserve lumber.
So I didn’t do as Ana said and I had too much unusable lumber to get the last leg and actually had to go back to the store and get another 2x2. Curse you daddy *shakes fist* but we ended up with a pile of wood that we would make into a table.
We started at step 1 and stopped at the last step (haha). There was lots of crouching and kneeling and I my poor knees didn’t like that one bit (I got the bruise to prove it).
It was so hard to slow dad down enough to let me read the instructions. He just wanted to hammer stuff and forego reading but I had to remind him of who’s project this was. He settled down after that. It was really simple to make and before long we had a thing that resembled a table.
After we had the frame/legs all built we stopped for the day. But we laid out the table top to see how it’d look. It was pretty neat for a noob and a man that views home repair as an excuse to hit things and to hell with how it looks.
In a perfect world I would have liked my table to look exactly like Ana’s and there are things I can live with but wish weren’t there like screws that pop out from the side of the table. But I’m consoling myself with the fact that as far as first projects go, the finished product is pretty damn good!
We resumed today and nailed the tabletop to the frame. Ana suggests using finishing nails (or 2” screws) but we didn’t and it would have been more pleasing to the eye to use flat head screws for the frame, but again, we didn’t.
Once it was all done, of course I had to test it out and see what it’d look like on my deck!
They say that in design odd numbers is more visually appealing. I only have three green chairs, so it looks good right? I still need to sand and stain the table (so it’s back in the basement until then) but it looks very good on my deck, it’s just the right size :D
At the other end of my deck, next to the house I used one of the three boxes I found in my attic and pulled out some of the stray nails and used it as a bench/storage.
And Jade inspects the box to make sure it’s safe for her human. She’s such a good owner :3