About a month ago I got a Kreg Jig. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and was finally able to get one. If you are unfamiliar with a Kreg Jig, it’s basically a pocket hole jig. Kreg is just the name brand.
So when I got it, I excitedly went to the garage and tried it out. And it was very intimidating. It required math. I’m horrible at math. I gave it a few tries, and I just couldn’t figure it out. I was disappointed. Mostly in myself. I thought I would just “get it”. So when I didn’t, I gave it a rest. Like a month rest. Then last week, I decided to give it another go. And this time, instead of trying to do the math to figure it out, I just used my own common sense. And this time I got it!
So I needed to build something to try it out. I needed a new side table in the living room so I went online to find something I liked.
This is the Benchwright Reclaimed Wood side table from Pottery Barn. It retails for $449, on sale right now for $349. Seriously, who has that kind of money to spend on a side table?
I looked to see if there were already plans for this on Ana-White.com. And there weren’t. So I figured I would just make it up as I went.
I didn’t know if any one part would work, so I didn’t take pictures of the steps. I just needed to see if it would come together. There were a lot of angles and beveling to do. So if I told you how I did it, it wouldn’t make any sense.
Here’s a top view. See how weird it looks? I have no idea what I was thinking. But you never see this part anyway, so it’s not really a problem.
Now for the table top. I could have just made a square top and it would have been easy. But I wanted round. So that was another thing to figure out.
I laid the boards out then rigged up a circle maker. A scrap board with a screw half way through. Then I drilled a hole the distance of the radius. Then I stuck a pen in the hole and drew my big circle. From there I knew where I need to put my pocket holes.
After drilling all the pocket holes, I assembled the large square top. And then jig sawed out the circle.
After some sanding down it was perfect.
Then I attached it to the base with some more pocket holes. Here’s the view of how it all came together -pocket hole style. There are double pocket holes because I forgot to reset my jig’s thing-a-ma-jig height. Like I said, it’s kinda complicated.
And here she is all put together.
The paint color is called “Safari Green” by Glidden.
And what’s a post without a picture of a kid?
So here’s a run down on supplies: 1 – 2X2, 2 – 1x4s, 1-1×2.
About $5 in lumber, $2 in paint. That’s a savings of $342! That’s not even counting shipping.
Sure, it’s not exactly the same as Pottery Barn’s but I’m willing to be okay with it.