To kick-off my Anniversary Week, I thought I would start with a recent project…inspired by none-other-than Pottery Barn.
The way this project began, was with a trip to PB to buy a gift card. My brother was visiting from Texas last week and he went with me. He saw this:
Now, I can’t find these online but from what I can remember they were well over $100. We made ours from under $20.
Materials we used:
(1) 12″x1″ (6′ long)
(2) 1″x3″ (4′ long)
(1) 2″x4″ (8′ long)
(8) 2″ screws
(16) 1 1/4″ screws
50 grit sandpaper
Miter saw, speed square, clamps, tape measure, drill and bits, pencil, wood glue, sander
Next we cut the four legs. Set your miter saw at 10 degrees.
Next you will need to pre-drill holes on the tops of the legs. We used a Kreg jig and it worked GREAT. They are around $20, but just pre-drilling would work too.
Make two holes for better support.
We also rounded off the edges.
On the under side of the “seat” measue in 1″ from the front (longer side) and 3″ from side. Mark those measurements all the way around and then attach the “legs” using 2″ screws in the pre-drilled holes.
Next measure the width between the legs on the front for an exact measurement. Cut four pieces out of the 1×3 at 10 degrees with measurement. These cuts need to be going in OPPOSITE directions.
On the font of each leg, measure up 3″ and 7″. This is where you will attach each support.
Next measure the distance between the legs on the sides. These cuts will be straight, so make sure you change the saw back to 0 degree.
Mark these legs at 4″ and 8″. Just slightly higher than the front and back.
We found it easiest to take off one set of legs to get a better angle.
Once we had it built, I took a hammer and “beat it up!” We used 220 grit sandpaper to completely sand the entire thing and make it smooth.
Lastly, stain it. I used Minwax Jacoby.
It still needs to be touched up a little, but I think it turned out pretty close to the orginial.
What do you think?
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