|Project by Chris Moellering||posted 01-13-2013 12:26 AM||3964 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
After seeing a few other takes on this project on LJs, I started sketching up plans for my own. By sketching up, I mean with a T-square, triangles and a drafting board. I know how to do that. SketchUp just leaves me frustrated and taking 4 times as long.
It’s 30” by 60” and 18” high. I made it from 4 2×4s and a sheet of 3/4” B/C plywood. Not fine woodworking, just needs to be durable.
I made 3 leg frames form the 2×4s by making half-lap joints with my new dado blade. Doing this creates a lot of saw dust, as can be seen in the last picture. (And this wasn’t all!) Made me glad I held onto my snow shovel from living up north. Made clean up faster.
The long connecting pieces I cut from the 3/4” plywood. I’m finding I’m rather fond of cutting down pieces of plywood and using them for these kind of applications. They are square and true and strong. Hard to find that on the lumber rack at Lowe’s. I will say that the “top choice” studs were pretty decent, though.
I glued and screwed all the joints and then fastened the top with 1 1/4” screws.
The wife’s happy, and so am I.
-- Grace & peace, Chris+