End Table

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Project by rcflyer23 posted 01-12-2010 05:52 AM 2083 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found this site that had a copy of a Pottery Barn table. They want $200 for the crazy thing, so I built it out SYP 2×4’s for like $30 bucks.

I used a chisel and bag of screws to distress the top. Used a little Dark Walnut stain and there you have it.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 06:00 AM

Nice use of 2×4’s.

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 05:50 PM

A cool looking table with a wonderful aged look, good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 06:12 PM

Nice table. Great save of $170.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 10:12 PM

Nice..How did you join the top?

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#5 posted 01-12-2010 10:45 PM


The top is joined by drilling holes just big enough for a dowel to go through the top and into the leg, I think each dowl was about 4 or 5 inches long and then I put wood glue on the dowel and into the hole and hammered the dowel into place. I let it all setup and it is rock solid now and super easy to repair if it does come apart. The top slats are all joined with 3 Biscuits. It’s probably overkill but the biscuits are inexpensive so I don’t mind using a little extra.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 11:42 PM

$170.00 dollars saved is a new tool or two!!!! Hey, it justifies having them. Good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 11:24 PM

Nice table and congrats on being self reliant and able to provide for your own needs and wants. Funny thing about Pottery Barn furniture… they had some nice designs, especially the farm table they had with these metal turnbuckles. I kept looking at it at the store and I realized they are poorly constructed (typical for mass produced goods I’m sure,) and way overpriced. Found a guy that could build it for half the price. Then it dawned on me that it was still expensive and worth my time to brush up on my woodworking and build myself. Havent built the dining table yet but I’m working up to it now.

Pottery Barn is why I am now a woodworker and for that, I thank their overpriced, overated furniture. Oh, and I’l never have to resort to IKEA for storage solutions again. That alone is worth the cost of my new shop.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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