Mike and I have always enjoyed a good project. We both spent summers in college working for TEAMeffort, a mission camp filled with home improvement tasks for folks in need, and even our former home at the FSU Wesley Foundation needed some work here and there. So when I saw this awesome console table over at the Young House Love blog, I was smitten. Granted, they needed a table to span 14 feet and we only needed a wee desk, but we adapted their idea for something to suit us perfectly!
First, I measured our space and sketched out some dimensions:
Instead of legs, we’re going to have two shelves on each side. (check the YHL post for a visualization.) To make the sides wide enough for our space, we used multiple pieces of wood to make each side. Step 1 in all this is to join my 1×4′s side-by-side to create wide pieces. That’s where the Kreg Jig comes in.
This puppy is awesome at helping you make the perfect holes for drilling sideways into narrow boards. When using these screws along with some wood glue, you’ll have a sturdy piece for sure!
After some kreg jigging (doesn’t that sound like a new dance or something?) I ended up with this:
Several sides later, it was time to stain! I went with a Minwax “Dark Walnut” stain and kept it on for about 10 minutes. Doesn’t it make the pine look so much more yummy?
So at this point, we have a bunch of stained, yummy sides.
I was pretty thankful to finish most of the staining yesterday, because Irene is headed our way. In Florida and the Bahamas I expected hurricanes, but was a little surprised about those storms following me up here in NC… crazy!
Side note: we’re so thankful our friends in Hope Town are safe and sound. They were right smack in the middle of the storm, and were in our prayers all day yesterday. Hooray for making it through!