Sunday, May 29, 2011

Finally! Some Furniture!

The plan, from the beginning, was to build most of the furniture in our new home. Unfortunately it doesn't happen instantaneously. The good news is, Andy and I are pretty speedy furniture builders :) Yesterday we decided it was time to build our table and two benches. Here is how it went down.

First I decided on this plan from Unfortunately, the plan is for an 8 foot table. That is a little WAY too long for our tiny apartment. So we had to modify the plan, which is not as easy as it sounds. Luckily with the help of my math major husband, we figured it out :)

Then I went to and made a shopping list. This also allowed me to figure out an approximate cost. Then we went to lowes and picked out our wood. It is really important to pick the straightest wood possible. This is probably the most lovely stressful part of the process. I am very particular about straight boards, and Andy could really care less. But in the end, he knows the straightest boards make the best furniture :)

Then Andy and I took our loot home, and got to work. We always measure out all of our cuts first and mark them before we start cutting anything. That might sound really obvious, but if you measure as you cut, you might not have enough wood. So then we run everything through the miter saw and get down to business.

Blah blah blah, we built the table, blah blah blah.

Then it came time to put on the legs. I wanted something a little fancier than straight 2x4's, so we measured half way and one inch from the bottom and cut off a little so the legs taper at the bottom.

I realize this has been the LONGEST post ever so I will leave you here, with more to come later :)