Monday, August 16, 2010

Picnic Table



This is my first wood project ever. Actually, it's really the first time I've ever wielded a saw or a drill. So while it's not perfect, it's not a half bad attempt at teaching myself basic carpentry with the fabulous instructions by Anna at Knock off Wood.

The process:
I didn't buy the super cheap wood. It all looked warped to begin with, so I bought the whiteboard. I figured I needed all the help I could since I've never made anything before. All together, screws and everything, I think I spent $30.

I didn't have access to a good electric saw. Well, I guess I could have paid a neighbor do it for me, but I kind of wanted to "own" this first project, cutting and all. I did all of this with a hand saw and a miter box and/or a make shift "miter box imitation" for the boards that didn't fit. I don't suggest doing either of these things. It was virtually impossible to get a square, level cut. At first glance it all seemed to be just dandy, but when I started putting everything together, it was not fantastic. I had to do quite a bit of sanding to make up for my less than perfect cuts to get the legs to sit level on the ground.




I did have fun with my 2 year old.
He enjoyed watching and "helping" me make it.
I love that he knows that mommy made it and not daddy.

When I got to the last two seat boards, I forgot to pre-drill the hole. I hit a knot and busted the support. I was SO angry. So very, very angry. I cried, and yelled. Maybe even cursed. I ended up having to unscrew and pry off the support board and re-do that side. It worked out in the end, but what a pain.

Here's the complete table with the first coat of paint (goblin green...my husband used it for a Warhammer table top, and there was a lot left over, so I figured, why not?). I will do a second coat when it cools off a smidgen. I only did the first coat so I could put it outside and reclaim my kitchen (It was in there for over a month). 107* with 50% humidity is just not ideal for working outside! It's been above 90* at night, so I don't even want to do it then. Blech. This is the time I hate living in TX.






And here are a few videos of my 1 year old enjoying the table.





video video

4 comments:

  1. You should be very proud of yourself - It is awesome!! I LOVE it in the Goblin Green.

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  2. It is super cute. I want to do some kind of wood project, I need to post a picture of the cupboard I got to make into a toy fridge. Its made of wood so it can count as a pre-wood project since I'm not building it, I did cut some wood to change the shape of it a bit and fill in some spaces, etc. So if you don't recommend using the saw you did, what do you recommend? Getting a power saw? You're awesome! I'd really like to build some toddler bunk beds if I felt competent in my wood skills. Will you be making anything else with wood soon? if so what?

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  3. I'd recommend having Lowes or Home Depot or a competent wood working friend who has the correct tools to do the cutting if you don't have the proper tools or cutting skills.

    I would love to makes some little storage solutions for toys and some bookshelves, but Matt doesn't want me to since we don't really have a good workspace since it's so hot outside and our house isn't big or accommodating for a project like that. I'd love to try bunk beds from her site, too, but we don't need those just yet.

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  4. OH, for all wood that wasn't supporting (like the table top pieces), it's perfectly ok to use a hand saw. Those didn't matter if you had a square cut or exactly the same length. But the legs and everything else, having a squared cut was essential once you put it all together.

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