Have I got a treat for you guys today! You have to have seen this table before. You know, floating around Pinterest with the caption, “5 boards and some nails, so easy!” Well I’m here to tell you, it really is that easy. Like, 10 minutes easy. That’s all it took to build this table. I sent my Pin to Ana White to see if she could help me out with the angles. I’m still getting the hang of bevels and that kind of thing. Within the hour she had sent back a figure and some plans, and I got to work!
I built three different versions, starting with this cedar one. The top and sides are 2×8’s, and the supports are 1×6’s. It’s a tad skinny for a sofa table or console, but it would make a great bench. Right now it sits perfectly under my counter-height island. I may have to build a couple just for that!
Another idea would be to shorten the legs down to about 15″ and use 1×4’s on the sides and use it as a bench. In fact, I think I have another 2×6 in the barn right now…
This table is one built to Ana’s specs. 1×12 sides and top, made using the same reclaimed oak on our open shelving in the kitchen. As you see, it’s sourced locally from Austin, TX. I’m not sure how it got in my dad’s barn, but it sure does make a pretty table! While I used exposed deck screws for the cedar table, I chose to get a little fancier and drill some pocket holes and use nails on the supports. I’m glad I did, it’s a beautiful table!
It’s the perfect size for a drink and to corral those remotes! Though it would also look pretty good in an entryway, or even a bedroom. It’s a pretty versatile piece.
I must say though, if you’re going to build this table in its original “spirit”, do it with a 2×12. The grittier the better! I used some pine that’s been in the barn for quite a few years, and it’s delicious. Divots and scratches and all that stuff you have to beat new wood to look like. The sides are fence pickets, oddly in a 1×8 size. They were also just hanging out in there. My dad gets all the good stuff from the neighbors.
This finish is really amazing. I used one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence, then used my white buffer pad (you find them in the paint section, about a 4×6″ rectangle) to apply the dark wax. I love the pad because it buffs the piece as I work the wax in and makes it smooth like buttah.
It’s going to be so hard not to keep this one! But I’m planning to have them all tagged and ready for my booth at the March Market Day (March 2 in Wimberley, for the locals. I’m at booth 392, come see me!) I think the blue one at least will be a hot ticket item. Considering how popular the inspiration table was on Pinterest, I’m hoping so! And with only a 10 minute time investment in building, I foresee a lot of these tables in my future. Plus it would make a great housewarming gift!