Happy Fall, readers!
Here is my (second to) latest build.
Please note that essentially, I used the great Ana White's pattern for the table, but changed the sizing and hardware a bit.
Click here for the pattern and link to her fabulous site. -- Rustic X Console Table.
A few things to note about my table:
The sizing was customized and shortened to fit behind a love seat which is shorter that a standard sofa.
57 inches long x 16 inches wide x 30 inches tall.
Lets take a look at the stain color:
I almost always mix my own stain color to match other factory made furniture. This one was customized by mixing 3 parts Cabot Brown Mahogany and 1 part Minwax Provincial. I mix it in a 2 quart size rubbermaid container with a lid.
Next, for the finishing, I sanded the entire piece using my handheld sheet sander in 3 grits of sandpaper, 80, 120 then 300 grit, I vacuumed off the sawdust then, painted on 3 coats of poly-acrylic semi-gloss finish and allowed to dry.
To finish off the console table, I worked on the hardware. I wanted a rustic looking set of hardware.
Here is a short tutorial on how I made the corner brackets and bolt heads.
|Closer-up view of hardware.|
For the corner brackets:
I purchased 4- 3 inch "L brackets" for each corner. They came standard silver color. I spray painted them black then after it dried I took a lighter and "burned" the brackets by holding one end with a pair of pliers. This made the bracket look more rustic and not so "perfect". Danger note: I realize the paint may have been flammable but turns out- this process did not set me on fire. I used my impact driver to screw in the silver screws. Then took a cotton ball and dabbed some of the black paint onto the screw heads to make look black-ish the goal here was for them not to look perfect or uniform.
For the inset carriage bolts:
I purchased 8, 3/4 inch top, 3 inch long galvanized carriage bolts they looked like this when I bought them:
I spray painted the tops black then used my lighter to "distress" the paint once it dried.
I wanted these to be "inset" so I used a one inch paddle bit to create an indention in the wood. To clean it up, I used my dremmel rotary sanding collet to sand out the hole.
Then, I drilled a long hole with my drill and tapped them all the way in in with a rubber hammer.
That is all.... Hope you enjoyed this build.
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