Custom Sized Foyer Table

Hello Friends!
Guess what? I made something! Yup! It’s been a long time since I have taken on a project but here is why.
I am in love with my nail gun and air compressor for this stuff. We have been reunited after their stay in storage and I couldn’t be happier!

I tried making a bench with just my drill and miter saw last year while most of my tools and I were separated and I gave up.

Once you do it the easy way there is no turning back.

To start – I like to measure the space I am making a piece for and cut wood for the frame of the top and go from there.

Then I attach the top. Turn it upside down and start the legs. I don’t plan it out too much other than making a wood box in the size that fits the space. I can add decorative molding to it later if I choose.

It ends up super plain looking but I add a bottom shelf and double layer the legs to give them a chunky look.

I don’t have a good stash of wood built up in my garage yet so I had to work with what I bought at the store. Of course, I was short and had to go back for more but it worked out (enough).

The picture above is of the bottom interior where I attached a cross beam for the shelf. See the 2×4 holding the horizontal piece in place? I am holding a 1×4 scrap on the outside because that is what will be layered on the 2×4 legs to bulk them up.

I am super rusty at writing tutorials but you can see how simple the construction is. I just needed something to start with.


I love making my own tables for tight spaces because see how it doesn’t intrude on the foyer? It’s 11 inches deep by 70 inches long and 36 1/2 inches tall. It fit right under the horse picture that was already hanging (by design).

To be honest, it’s not the most beautiful piece of furniture I have ever made but it took me about two hours and about $90 in supplies.

It’s stained with Minwax – Jacobean.

For an impatient, not too particular kind of girl – it works perfectly.

Not too bad for a warm up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super fun weekend!

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Katie Mansfield

It's great to see you back at it and woodworking again. I love your table. It's perfectly you.


Oh Holly love love this. Beautiful job. You do not need a Terry you have yourself to build beauty. I love that horse picture too.The entry is stunning.Hugs and Happy Weekend.Kris

Christine Vandormolen

Clearly you are back in business Holly!!!! That piece is the perfect fit for the narrow space. Sooo glad I get to snoop around your house with all those new blog posts !!!!! xoxoxo