Well, we are half way through summer and I have been slacking SO badly on my blog here. Summer holidays have really messed up my schedule. I work from home as well as run this little blog of mine, on top of that I do daycare and have my 2 kids. Once I get my work done in the morning, the kids are itching to do something and that is basically my day. So this shelf is actually something I built waaaay back before summer even started, but I just haven’t posted it yet. So here we go, better late than never..lol
This is another Ana White inspiration. If you haven’t checked out her site yet, please do. Its really such an awesome resource for all things wood/DIY and all of her plans are FREE!
Ok so remember the night tables I made? Well I decided I wanted a nice console that would match, to have in my bedroom. I was going to make Anas Rustic X Consol, but I changed a few things as I was going. So let’s see if I can explain…. Im not gonna lie, I did a crappy job taking pictures of the process. Sometimes I just want to rush into the next step in building and not bother picking up my camera. I always regret it later on, but yet I still havent learned.
So If you want to make a console like this one, grab Anas plans for the Rustic X Console and build the 2 frame sides like these:
Now here is where things change….
Start beating the absolute hell out of your wood. No i’m not kidding. You want this to look worn and old. Find anything you can that will mark this bad boy up. Take out all of your aggression on this thing. Kids being bad? boss being an ass? Spouse making you want to snap? This is project for you!
I used a hammer, a bag of screws, a pair of scissors, my meat tenderizer, I hammered screws into the wood to get the marks, I slashed the wood with a knife and poked holes with nails… seriously GO NUTS! Its gonna look great.
Next, Instead of attaching the shelves like Ana calls for, I added a 1×1 strip of square dowel where the shelves would be, so that I had a surface to add my slats to. I used wood glue and screws.
Then take your 11 1/4″ 2×4 end pieces and attach the 2 frame sides together. I added 2 additional 11 1/4″ pieces to the top,ending up with 5 instead of 3. I also used 2×4 for the ends of the shelves, instead of 1×2. (I didn’t get a picture of the frame without the top on, sorry) Make sure you beat up the pieces of 2×4 that you will see on the end caps of the shelves, you want those worn too.
Next you want to start working on your top. Take your 2x6s and cut them down to 74 1/2 inches. Then you are going to want to beat to the crap out of them. YAY, more fun! After you are happy with the look, you are going to want to cut each 2×6 into 5 pieces. My cuts were: 8.5″, 14″, 10″, 17″ and 25″ = 74 1/2″.
Now you are going to take your sander and go to town on these things. You want to really sand down the edges and corners so that they will no longer lay completely flush with one another. lightly sand the tops and sides too, so that they are ready for staining. Lay them out and stain them. I used 4 colors of stain. Pay attention to your piece sizes and your wood grain. That will make your stain look different on each piece. Also I used 2 coats on some, one coat on others, just mix and match and make them look different.
Ok, youre ready to assemble your top. You need a Kreg Jig for this. Mix and match your pieces so that you have a pattern you love. Just make sure that each row only has one 8.5″, 14″, 10″, 17″ and 25″ piece, so that is always equals to 74.5″. Once you have your pattern down, you will need to start putting it all together with pocket holes. Now I was bad once again and didnt take a picture of the top, so I made a diagram instead in paint. Your top should look something like this. Make sure you do not overlap pocket holes, otherwise you wont be able to get the screws in. Your top is going to feel a bit flimsy, but that why we added the extra 2 pieces of 2×4 to the top of the frame. Trust me its gonna work out great.
Your top is together, laying good side down, pocket hole side up. Place your frame on top with the 2x4s flush with the top. Position it where you want it, and screw it all down. This is going to make it nice and solid.
Now I still had/have a bunch of the deck tile pieces I used to make the Herringbone Bed I made and they are exactly 11 1/4 inches long, so I used them for the shelving slats. But you could easily use 1×2 or 1×3 cut to size instead. Make sure your slats are stained and ready to go before you attach them. Its a serious pain in the ass to do it after they are on. I used Gorilla glue to stick mine on. You could I suppose pocket hole them all on, to me it seemed difficult and overkill. The gorilla glue holds like you wouldn’t believe. I have used it before and have always been happy with the results. If I had a small pinner, I may have pinned them as well, but I think the glue works great. I also used large nails to make the slat spaces even.
Add all your slats, let them dry. Give the whole thing a nice wash and seal it with some poly or wax. Thats it youre done!
If your’e comfortable with working with wood, this is going to be a breeze. If youre like me, and you really havent made much, then this is going to be a breeze..lol. Really, I know it looks like a lot of steps, but break it down. Its really easy and mostly its prep. Never sell yourself short. You would be amazed at what your hands are capable of building. If ever at any time you have any questions, please ask. Im here to help.
If you could build yourself one thing, what would it be??