I feel at this point I should explain why I decided to build a table, and I can sum it up in one word… Pinterest. Honestly, Pinterest to a couch potato is the Devil to idol hands. You see these amazing posts of a table, “Built for $110!” “All you need is a drill and some patience.” There are dozens of such posts. So many that after pinning several hundred, a few hours on YouTube (more like 100hrs), and the next thing you know, you’re building a table. Honestly, the best thing I can relate it to is attending one of those horrible timeshare seminars where you get the free cruise at the end. “For $1 dollar a day, you get to own a piece of 15,000 vacation homes, you can afford a dollar a day, can’t you?” So rather than walking out of a musty ballroom with a ticket for a booze cruise and a stake in my very own vacation empire, I believed in my own hubris and decided to build a table.
While I’ve invested easily a 100hrs of labor, about 15lbs of sweat, and countless tears, my venture into table carpentry was a success. The plans for my Mona Lisa were provided by Shanty-2-Chic and a full write up with construction steps can be found on their blog which includes free building plans. You’ll notice early in their posting that their build only cost $110 dollars. Which is very very impressive. However, what isn’t mentioned is all the tools they already have, materials like sand paper that are already on hand, etc. While I spent far less than I would have buying a table from Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn, it wasn’t done for $110.
So, who is ready to visit and help us break in our new table?