I recently decided to try my hand at using power tools. I have always found them interesting, but thought they would be really hard to use. I was completely wrong. The biggest thing is just making sure you have done your measurements and cuts correctly. If you do not measure and cut carefully and correctly, your whole project will fall apart. That being said, I did run into a few snags with this project that I had to take some time to think about to figure out how to correct.
This is my second project. My first was a toilet tray that I will also be posting about.
First, I started out by going and picking out some of the best pieces of my scrap wood pile. It had been sitting outside in the elements for quite some time, so none of it was perfect by any means. Many of the boards were warped, but, I decided they would do for this project because I was bound and determined to not spend any money.
You will need:
- 1 pallet
- Five 2×2 pieces that are each cut to 3 ft. long.
- Screws or nails (I used 1 1/4 inch 18 gauge and 2 inch 16 gauge nails in our nail guns)
- Nail gun
- Stain (I used MinWax Provencial)
As I said before, I used old scrap wood that had actually been part of a picket fence. I have a pallet, but I wanted to make sure this would work before I used it. Now that I somewhat have an idea on how to do this, I will be making some smaller end tables in the near future using my pallet.
After I selected my pieces, I went inside to measure. I started with the legs and measured four 3 ft. pieces and then cut them.
Next, I measured four 20 1/2 inch long pieces for the cross pieces.
I used the 1 1/4 inch 18 gauge nails in the nail gun to attach the legs to the top cross pieces.
Then I cut six 8 1/2 inch pieces for the top and one 2 inch piece for the top. This is one of those places I found it got a little bit tricky.
I measured 18 inches from the bottom of the cross pieces to start putting my bottom shelves. I had to reconfigure this space because my legs were a bit whopper jawed from the wood so they didn’t quite do correctly. I cut a 7 inch piece to attach between the legs. I put my cross pieces underneath that once I got those attached. I used a level to make sure they were, well, level.
Next, I added the pieces in between the legs. I had 3 8 1/2 inch pieces and one 2 inch piece.
I used 2 inch nails in the 16 gauge nail gun to attach the shelving pieces.
After I had it all assembled, I took it outside to stain it.
I am really proud of the way it turned out. Is it perfect? By no means!!! It is a bit off kilter so I am going to add some felt to the bottom, but it is a very pretty piece. It kept wood from going to waste, and it gives me the entry way table I have wanted for years.
But I was waiting. I was waiting on someone else to build it because I didn’t think I could. Nobody ever told me I couldn’t. I just thought I couldn’t do it. I saw other women on Instagram building things, and thought, “Wow! Look at them! I could never do that.” I wanted to. I had this secret desire to do things like that, but I had convinced myself that I couldn’t. So I kept waiting.
Then, one day, I had this epiphany. I was driving down the road and thought to myself how I would like to have a few things built and how a few other projects in our house needed finished. And it hit me that I could do it. I could do the work. I could work the saw. I could cut the pieces. I could use the nail and staple guns. I could do it. I didn’t need to wait on anyone. I had all the tools at my disposal, but it was up to me to pick them up and use them.
It was like the Lord was whispering to me, “Sister, I’ve already given you everything you need.” Isn’t it so true of life? He has already given us all the tools we need, but we have to pick them up. We have to choose to use them. We keep waiting on other people to do the things that we can do ourselves. Sometimes manna falls from the sky, and other times, we have to do the work.
But don’t ever sell yourself short.
You’ve got this.
To see the project that inspired my own, click here.