|4||2″x 2″ 8 ft. Strip Boards||$7.68|
|1||12″x 6′ Common Board-Pine||$13.64|
|1 Box||3″ Screws-Drywall||$6.97|
|1 Box||3/4″ Screws-Wood||$3.92|
|1 Pkg||100 Grit Sandpaper||$|
|1||220 Grit Sandpaper||$4.67|
|2||Rustoleum-Oil Rubbed Bronze (Metallic)||$|
|8 oz||MinWax Dark Walnut Wood Finish Stain||$4.78|
|8 oz||MinWax Polycrylic (Water Base) Protect. Finish||$8.98|
|12||Brackets (Zmax 18-guage Galve Steel Angle)||$6.96|
Cuts to Make
|Item||Inches||# of Cuts||Use|
|2″x 2″ Strip Board||6″||6||Connector|
|2″x 2″ Strip Board||44″||4||Width|
|2″x 2″ Strip Board||34″||4||Height|
Our generous calculations say that this table costs $75 or less. We spent the max $75 because we needed everything on the list, except a drill. Throw your own twist on it–use paint you already have, or leftover stain from another project you did before. Anything to make it your own! OR–you can just copy our plan :-). We’d be flattered!
No kreg jig? NO PROBLEMS! When it comes to tools we have nothing but a drill and some common sense! If you’re equipped with better tools, you can probably skip some of our unnecessary steps. Otherwise, follow along below!
Step 1: Create two boxes.
- Each box = two long (44″) and two medium (34″) wood pieces.
(We pre-drilled holes with a 5/32 drill bit before drilling the screws through to prevent cracks in the wood.)
- We allowed the longer (44″) 2×2’s to nest within the shorter (34″) ones to keep the true height.
Step 2: Attach boxes with 6″ cross pieces
- 1 per corner
- 1 per side about halfway up (at~17″ up for ours)
Step 3: Sand any rough edges with 100 grit sand paper
Step 4: Attach Brackets (w/ wood screws) to reinforce (only the bottom portion)
- See photo below:
Step 5: Spray paint base- Use several coats for desired color (we did 2-3)
Step 6: Spray paint (8) extra brackets
Step 7: Attach table top to base with brackets.
- Be sure to use your short wood screws here! You don’t want those 3″ ones to come out the other end!
We did a few things differently than our friends over at eastcoastcreative:
- We allowed someone at Home Depot to do our cutting for us (many mixed reviews on this-but we had success!)
- We chose different sized cuts for our 2×2’s (choose the height & width that works best for your space)
- We sanded..and sanded some more!
- We stained the table top before attaching it to the base
- We used brackets to secure all corners as well as the table top
- We put a protective finish over the stain
To each their own! Since we aren’t experts we figured these extra steps would help to keep the final product sturdy!
Blooper: (aka an average day in the life of our DIYs):
Here’s one problem you may run into if you do this project on a sheet in your small living room!