We turned to Ana White's plans here. I'm sure many of you have seen her website full of plans for about any piece of furniture you can imagine. This was our first furniture build aside from the play kitchen.
I will say it is important to not only read her directions but also read all the post comments where people who have been in your exact situation ask questions and offer advice.
Here are some pictures from out table building adventure.
It was extremely helpful to have the pocket Kreg Jig for attaching the top slats. Not sure if it is truly required but it made it 150 times easier.
We built a table with our bare hands (and some tools). Yeah!
After finishing the a piece with treated wood you have to wait 3 months to stain/paint it. We had decided on a brown stain that had a hint of red in it from Lowes. It looked completely like redwood after putting the stain on and we were not happy with it so then it sat for awhile. I didn't take a picture but you can sorta see what the color was by looking on the bottom but it was redder in person.
A couple months ago we decided to figure out what to do to make it better. Here is where Third time's a charm holds true!
Someone at Lowes said we could just get a darker stain and stain right over it. Fail. That did not work at all. We even tried sanding one of the boards and then doing the new stain but it was still just as red as before. Then we tried priming it and using the stain over that. Fail again. Next we decided we would buy outdoor paint in brown and paint that over the primer. Finally a winner!
It took two coats but I am really happy with the color and it will work well with any color in plates, napkins, etc. In the end it all worked out :)
We already got to enjoy the new table at our Cinco De Mayo cookout!
We also recently made a bench to go with the table (also Ana White partially pictured 2 pictures up) and I cannot wait to show you that soon!
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