Meighan made her first project! She wanted a sofa table but didn’t know where to begin or how to use the tools. In this fun and relatable video, Bob helps guide her to the finished product.
1. Design: Simpler is Better
Meighan, our new Marketing Director, is an interior designer with an eye for style. She does not, however, have a knack for making things…yet. She asked us about the possibility of making her a table that would fit behind her sectional couch to hold cups, phone chargers, and some decor. We really loved the idea of making something simple using really basic tools, but we wanted her to make it.
Josh helped Meighan design the table to fit the space using dimensional (pre-cut) lumber from the hardware store. They decided on 2×6 non-pressure treated pine boards because of their strength over a long distance, the width of the board worked well, and pine takes stain nicely. After they got the small batch of lumber, I helped her make her first cut.
2. Assemble Pieces Using Pocket Screws
Using the cut plan that Josh and Meighan had made in Fusion 360, we were ready to cut the pieces. Like a lot of people, Meighan doesn’t have a workshop, or a garage for that matter. We used some stable chairs as sawhorses and cut the 2x6s down to size using a battery-powered circular saw. She was able to use the same tool to cut the angles for the table’s waterfall edge and the miter for the corner joint.
Once cut, she joined the table top to some upright legs with glue and pocket hole screws. Just a tip, make sure you set the pocket hole jig to match the material you are using. She drove in the 2-1/2″ pocket screws and the two halves of her L-shaped sofa table were ready to stain.
3. Sofa Table Accessories
Now that the table halves were stained to match the existing decor in her living room, we moved the pieces in place and screwed them together from underneath. We didn’t want there to be any exposed fasteners or end grain wood. Earlier, Meighan cut some holes for some table accessories like drop-in cup holder inserts, a recessed power strip that looks like an outlet, and even a wireless charging mat for their phones. After that, the table was all done!
No Shop, No Problem
Many people have asked us to do a project with basic tools. While we don’t need to add any constraints to our projects, sometimes it works out that way. This projects was meant to show that someone without any experience using tools can make the things they want in their home, regardless of setup. We made this awesome sofa table in the grass using battery powered tools, and so can you! The sofa table looks amazing in the space and we can’t wait to see what other ideas Meighan has.
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- Skil circular saw
- Dewalt 20v drill driver combo
- Orbital Sander
- Kreg R3 pocket hole jig kit
- Speed square