benches & tables

 a few simple benches and tables that I have made….

 this is a skinny foyer bench made of recycled wood from an old barn
 TV console made with pine
 two tone pine coffee table
 My Boys and our carved pumpkins
My first table ever – a sofa table.
In four years it’s been painted about 20 different colors.
a storage bench for a mudroom…
one of my favorites!
I make my own benches and tables using new and used materials.  I don’t draw up a plan because I like to leave my options open as I build. (usually just the dimensions are planned)
You can do this too!
getting started
I start by framing out the top with a 2 1/2 inch to 5 inch #2 pine slat and miter cut them vertically (because I like a chunky looking top).  To join them I use heavy duty liquid nails and my nail gun first because it is so quick and easy then I reinforce the seams with screws if I need to.
I move on to the legs and they are way easy to fit snug into the corners of my already made frame (I put the table together while it’s all upside down until I get to the top.)  Securing the legs tight is really important so sometimes I use small metal 45 degree angle brackets. This is a great skeleton and from there I can decide if I want a bottom shelf, storage or just legs.  It gets creative after this point.  My favorite look is slatted tops but if it’s a writing surface – this doesn’t work so well.
The big home centers sell laminated pine in 24 inch widths and these are great for desk tops.

Tools that help me out with these projects are my Rigid table saw, miter saw, nail gun with an air compressor and of course my drill (I have 3 and just ordered a new one- I drop the heavy ones too many times and they break – oops!).  I have a Dewalt 8 hole hand sander but I am on my third one in 4 years.  I might try a different brand next time.  I am a bit hard on some of my tools – but I am sure putting them to good use – don’t you think?
This Christmas I am asking Santa for a brad nailer.
I love tools!
Don’t be intimidated by saws and such – just read the manuals really well and as my father-in-law tells me “always know where your hands are” and take your time.