After finally completing a workbench for the garage, my first official project was to build a simple sewing table for Haley. Not sure how I wanted to build the table or how to make one simple, stable yet beautiful, I resorted to looking at images online for ideas. I found this particular table and thought it was the perfect design and met all of my objectives. I especially loved the fact that the table was made from reclaimed wood.
With the design locked-in, I drafted a few simple drawings for measurements before moving on to the actual build.
Since my experience with woodworking is fairly limited, I used simple joinery- 16 dowels, 6 screws and lots of wood glue. The whole table is made of Aspen wood (that's all my local home improvement store has that's actually straight enough to use without costing a fortune). The legs of the table are two 1x3 pieces glued face-to-face and the rest of the stretchers are 1x3. The table top is premade with Aspen planks glued, side-by-side, and sanded to a flat surface. The color and protective coating is Minwax Red Oak stain and Minwax Semi-Gloss polyurethane.
This project took an estimated 12-14 hours from the first cut until the last coat. The wood, screws, glue and dowels were just shy of $90 and everything was purchased locally. It was a fun and easy build and I'm really happy with the results.
Images taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens.