I completed my table and it stands all on its own! Albeit not totally level nor square, screw it! I made it and I am stoked! I forget, I am on the East Coast now, so I am WICKED HAPPY about it!
I have to give props again to Ana White at knock-offwood.com. I think I might have found my calling!
After $70+ and approximately 10 hours of work. With a few adjustments (I didn't taper the legs and I narrowed the top) I have completed the Narrow Farmhouse Table to be used as a duo desk for my twin girls.
A quick (and not so pretty) photo montage of my work.
Pile of wood
1st plan modification - I did not taper the legs (totally not square). I have to admit I have no square skills. I was triumphant with having 4 legs that turned out the same measurement, so square shmare.
My girls got in the mix. They LOVED "distressing" the wood.... i.e. beating the crap out of the legs with a hammer and screw driver. Gotta love a girl that is not afraid to use a hammer!
The legs working together to become a table. EEEEEEk I am so excited!!!!
Wahhhhla, the table base is complete. At this point and still, the table is really not square, but know what I say to that? I don't give a %&*$. I do want to learn skills, I am now inspired to learn how to be square! Note to self, google how to be square.
I didn't snap photos of the messy part. Took four 1x6x8 pine boards & wood glued them together. I clamped them in 3 locations and let dry overnight. The next day, I sanded, and sanded and sanded to get rid of the grooves between the boards. I would have left the grooves and not glued the boards together had it not been earmarked for use as a desk.
I also wanted to finish it a chippy white. Hubby happens to favor the antique rustic pine look (like a few of our antiques). In my attempt to experiment with the rustic finish under chippy, I decided to forgo the next step (painting) and leave it wood on top. This way when I tire of the look, I can slap on some paint and have a new piece!
In the mean time, I plan on honing my faux finishing skills. I was going to attempt a weathered wood look, but my steel wool in vinegar concoction never concocted. I would love to come up with a way to mimic the patina old unfinished pine pieces have. Not to mention the bubbling & chipping of old paint. Another day, another project. I digress.
Here is another view of the table top.