It took a while… A lot of self-doubt had to be addressed, but I did it!! I built a beautiful piece of furniture that won’t fall apart the first time someone touches it! I couldn’t be more pleased.
It has been a crazy summer…
We have had Gymnastics
random illnesses (leading to 1 hospitalization for my son, but that’s a different story)
The biggest Garage sale I’ve ever seen
a vacation and a few day trips
and even Girl Scout camp
… whew, sounds exhausting.
It was exhausting, but fun.
Between projects and activities, I managed to find time to work on my media console.
To refresh your minds, I found an awesome website, ana-white.com, which is full of FREE plans to build your own furniture.
I was inspired to create a media console based on this Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.
I took my time getting started, the story of that is here. Once I did get started, I gained a little confidence and had gotten to this point in the build before ending my Day 1 build:
That’s the back frame and the assembled door panels.
On Day 2, I finished assembling the doors and built the front frame:
Then I got excited and stopped taking pictures… **sorry ’bout that**
I remembered again at this point:
I had joined the front and back frames with the 2×2’s, as seen at the side there. I then screwed in the top panel in which I had pre-drilled the guide holes with my handy-dandy Kreg Jig. I then began attaching the divider panels, and finally the base panel which left me with this:
I set the doors in the frame to check for fit and called it a day.
I was pretty proud of myself at this point. I had demonstrable evidence of my handiness! Kind of, anyway…
The next part was a bit tricky. I had the brilliant idea to deviate from the plans and add in cubby-bases instead of drawers at the top. Then I would have a Media Console instead of a sideboard. It was a good idea, but I couldn’t cut the panels until I got to this point because the measurements were uncertain. Once I had this built, I was able to measure and cut the panels which I fit (almost exactly) onto a 2’x4′ piece of 3/4in plywood, that worked out well.
Over the next weeks, I stained the doors and the pre-cut cubby base panels:
I used Varathane Stain+Poly in “Kona”
At some point I attached the drawer pulls:
Let me be clear about that little step… that. is. a. pain. in. the. butt. They sell drill guides for this purpose, I Highly recommend investing in one if you plan on doing something like this.
Then I sanded and sanded and sanded my cabinet, first with 150 grit, then 220 grit sandpaper before staining it as well:
Next I attached the cubby-base panels, placed the doors in the cabinet to get a feel for how the finished product will look (forgive the dead grass and the neighbor’s car)…
I stepped back and went, “Holy Crap!!” …. I can’t believe I built that!! I did it! The woman who falls off porches and can’t catch ANYTHING you throw at her *built* that!!
Unbelievable. Awesome. Now all that is left is to attach the doors and move her inside. I’ll post a pic update as soon as I get that done. For now, I sleep, satisfied with my success…. Goodnight!
- I can be crafty. Right? – Part 2 (becauseitalktomyself.wordpress.com)
A little over a week ago, I told you about this gorgeous Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.
I said I would build it. I said I had the skill (probably). But I was a little nervous about it… so it took a few days to build up the courage to jump in.
I took baby steps:
I ordered drawer pulls.
I picked out a stain.
I bought screws..
Then I tortured a lovely man named Miguel at my local Johnson’s Hardware for over an hour.
That is, I had him cutting wood for the crazy lady with “plans.”
Lots of wood…
Thank goodness I did that, I drive a Suburban and it was still a challenge getting the cut wood into the car. **note to self: next time remove child car seats BEFORE purchasing large amounts of wood.**
Then… I did nothing. For days.
I let that pretty wood sit because, frankly, I was scared of it. I’ve never built anything before. I have NO idea what I’m doing! Some nice lady on the internet told me I could build this, so I thought I could? CRAZINESS!! I’m so clumsy, I literally fell off of the porch last week! What was I THINKING??!!?
But… I spent the money, I committed to this project. Like a marriage. For better or worse, I had to jump in. So I did.
I started by drilling the pocket holes:
Lots, and lots, of pocket holes.
At the advice of Ana White – inspiration builder, I purchased a Kreg Jig. This thing helps you drill the holes at an angle to make screwing two pieces of wood together MUCH easier… Way easier, and way better looking too. You don’t have to worry about covering up the screws after the project is done.
It took some practice to get a feel for the jig and the drill, but eventually I got the hang of it. I only destroyed one board, so that’s not too bad.
Then, after a short pep-talk, I began assembling my first side of the frame. Again…I made a mistake. Small mistake with measuring the distance the supports should be, but an easy fix. I stood back and surveyed my handiwork….
Huh. That looks…. correct.
I added the bottom supports and it still looked right. Well… What’s next in the plans? Build doors. Ok. I can do that.
I began by laying out my wood in the pattern it should have, 1×2 alternating with 1×3. Add supports to hold doors together and, there ya go:
You’ll likely notice that some of my wood was stained before I began to build the doors… Long, long ago, I had the bright idea to rebuild our bench. You know the kind, wrought-iron legs, wooden seat? Well, not so smart after all. I have had that wood for 3 years. Never did rebuild that bench.. It saved me a few bucks here though. I think the pre-stained pieces will make an interesting contrast once it’s finished. I hope. **fingers crossed**
Just as I picked up the drill to secure the supports for the doors, my husband came out to remind me that my children expect to eat in the evenings and could I please make dinner?? It’s good he was nice, I had weapons.
Unfortunately, that meant I had to put my little project on hold til tomorrow. At least it gave me a chance to get the tweezers for all of these splinters….
Stay tuned, Maybe I can finish it after all….
Recently I stumbled upon a blog that awakened within me a desire I never knew I had. Woodworking.
When I mentioned this to my loving, understanding and supportive husband he said, “Woodworking? As in furniture building? Why? We have furniture.”
I want GOOD furniture. I’m so tired of finding the “perfect” piece for whatever it is I’m looking for, paying stupid amounts of money for it and it doesn’t hold up. Why pay good money for crap?
So… I want to build some stuff. This generous and wonderful woman, Ana White, has posted detailed plans to build nearly anything I ever dreamed of owning. So why not??
I have an entertainment center that I loved, my first “real” piece of furniture purchased from a furniture store. It’s beauty lasted MAYBE 2 years. We still use it 7 years later, because we don’t want to pay another $1,000 for a piece of crap. Enter the Printer’s Cabinet:
ain’t she purty? This particular one was built by a woman when she was 9 months pregnant! See her blog here.
It LOOKS like it would be super hard right? WRONG! The plans make you realize how easy it could be. Imagine if you left out the top drawers and just made it open cubbies? Perfect Media Console/living room storage without all of the cluttered knick-knack items that accumulate over the years from well-meaning relatives and school art projects that are currently lingering on my shelves. 😉
I’m sure I could do this! My grandfather was a furniture maker, woodworking is in my blood!
Of course, my grandfather was missing 4 fingers when he died….. But his furniture is gorgeous!