Richard made another end table a couple of months ago, and I finally got around to finishing it. Unlike the pallet end table, this one was made from 2x4s. He challenged himself to come up with a table that would still cost less than $10 in material, not including paint. It took less than two 8’ boards to do the whole thing!
He glued up lengths of the 2×4, drew a circle, then cut just outside the circle using the sabre saw. He used the belt sander to sand to the line. Probably would have been easier to do with a jig saw or band saw, but we have neither.
We wanted to keep it simple and somewhat rustic, so the sharp edges were simply softened with sanding, no router required.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the base is three pieces glued and nailed to a triangular piece in the center. He intentionally left a gap between the three pieces just for interest. The table also has three feet that angle slightly on the ends.
I painted the base with my fave General Finishes snow white milk paint, then glazed and top coated. I painted the top with GF outback brown and glazed with their pitch black glaze. GF glaze is more grabby than what I’m accustomed to, and I had a hard time wiping it back off. Applying a coat of poly first would have made it much easier to work with. 2 or 3 coats of poly on top finish the piece nicely.
Tis the season…
A little funky, a little rustic. This little round 2×4 end table is certainly budget friendly, and a lot easier to paint than thrift store finds. And no cleaning off creepy stains. Which of Richard’s two end tables do you like best?