They are a bit softer of a wood, but they are much easier to work with, are much easier to find boards that aren’t so crooked, and I think they lead to a nicer, finished product.For this table, since it isn’t holding a ton of weight, poplar is fine.I don’t know what it might have been used for before, but there were no hardware holes and the wood was unfinished. They did have several other options that were more rustic and had actually been used as doors, but we thought this wood was more of a blank canvas for our project.For and an uncomfortable ride home (with 4 people in the car with it), she was ours.It is impossible to find nice, straight-ish boards to build something out of.
My first thought was that we might be able to make the top out of old, long shutters.In case you are new to this blog and missed the makeover of our old door headboard this summer, we realized when doing that project that we didn’t have any plug-ins on the outside of our house to use for construction projects. ) Anyway, here are the measurements for our finished table, in case you decide to follow along and make one yourself: Final table measurements: 35 1/4 inches tall, 58 inches long (top) or 55 inches long (leg to leg — length of base of table) and 16 inches wide (top) or 13 inches wide (base) Door top: (we cut it down to) 58 inches long, 16 in wide, 1 1/4 in thick Legs: we used 4 (1×3’s) and 4 (1×2’s) all cut to 34 inches long (or whatever height you want your table to be minus the thickness of the top) Top runner/support beam: 2 (1×3’s) cut to 13 inches long & 2 (1×3’s) cut to 56 1/4 inches long ***as you will see in the instructions below, we actually made a mistake and in order to fix it, did this backwards, but it would look better if using these measurements*** Shelves: 2 (1×12’s) cut to 53 1/4 inches long Underneath supports for top: 2 (1×2’s) & 1 (1×3) all cut to 11 1/4 inches (or whatever width your shelves are) Shelf supports: 4 (1×2’s) cut to 11 1/4 inches (or however wide your shelves are) ***Keep in mind that a (1×3) board is not actually 1 inch by 3 inches.We live on the second story and an extension cord long enough to reach out our windows and down to the front yard was going to cost us almost 0, so this entire project — cutting wood, sanding, staining, sealing, painting, etc… In reality it is more like 3/4 inch by 2 3/4 inches. Our (1×12) shelf boards that are essentially supposed to be 12 inches wide are in fact 11 1/4 inches wide (hence the measurements above), so be sure to take the actual measurements of the wood into consideration when deciding on your final table measurements.Then came time to draw up plans for a pretty new foyer table: I sketched this out, Drew and I talked about different ways we could construct it, then we measured our foyer windows to see how tall we wanted it, came up with some measurements and decided how much wood we would need and then we set off for the hardware store.Of course, the saw in our local Lowe’s was out of order again, so we ended up buying the wood, then having to cut it at home.