Good morning! So, I’m sorry about being a little MIA around here lately. Things have been a little crazy in these parts but I think they’re slowing down and everything should be back on track! The good news is I do have a feature today and it is amazing! Today Laura from Sawdust Chicks is here to share her Herringbone Entry table. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Hi friends! This is Laura from Sawdust Chicks and I’m so excited and honored to be guest blogging today. I started my woodworking, DIY projects less than a year ago and it’s been quite the journey. I’m learning so much, building some incredible things (and some not-so-incredible things!), making mistakes and enjoying every step of the process. I always tell people “if I can do it, anyone can!”
While walking through my neighborhood Ace Hardware I noticed a bundle of rough hardwood driveway stakes in the corner. I immediately scooped these up and took them home, not really sure what I wanted to do with them. I needed an entry table and I love the rustic industrial pieces I had been seeing on Instagram so I decided that these stakes would be perfect for a unique herringbone tabletop. Add some steel hairpin legs and I had my own cool, rustic, industrial piece.
Alright…Are you ready to tackle this one?!?
I first took a 1×12 common whiteboard and cut it to about 30″. I made sure the board was as straight as possible because I would be attaching the legs to them and no one wants a wobbly table! I drew a line length-wise down the middle of the board. I used this line as a guide when attaching my herringbone pattern to ensure that the pattern remained straight.
Next, I took the driveway stakes and cut them to two lengths: 9-1/4″ and 8-1/16″ – perhaps you can cut them the same size but I couldn’t figure it out! Geometry was never my strong subject! I then cut the ends at a 45° angle. I wanted them to fit as perfectly as possible on my base board and, since I don’t have a table saw to easily trim them once they are on, this seemed like the easiest way to do it. I did have to cut some stakes smaller for the two ends. Cutting each piece made the process a little more tedious but saved me a huge headache in the end.
So now it was time to work on my herringbone pattern. Since my stakes were rough I laid them out on the base board for a trial run to ensure that they fit well together. Once I was confident with my pattern I set about gluing them and using my Ryobi Brad Nailer to affix them. I nailed them from the top on this one. It was faster, easier and I didn’t mind seeing the nail holes but I have also glued, clamped and nailed from the bottom up. It’s all personal preference.
I then took 1×2’s and framed the table top. I cut two at 30″ and two at 14″. I made sure the 1x2s were level with the top of the tabletop. The bottom hung below slightly which covered the base of the legs once they were attached. Again, I glued and nailed the pieces on. I used wood filler to fill in any gaps between the stakes as well as gaps between the tabletop and 1×2 frame.
This is always the part that gets most excited! Seeing the build almost complete and the fruition of your idea and hard work almost done…and then I remember that it’s sanding time. Total buzz kill!!!
So I started sanding. This did require quite a bit of elbow since the stakes were rough and I wanted the tabletop to be smooth for little fingers and to be easily dusted. I started with 80 grit and finished with 220 grit.
Once that was done, I vacuumed it and wiped it down with a damp cloth. I then stained the whole thing with Minwax Early American. I just love how the stakes took to the stain. Each one is slightly different so it makes the pattern pop out even more!
Once the stain was completed I finished it with three coats of polyurethane, lightly sanding in between each coat.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering about the industrial hairpin legs…you can find these on Amazon or Etsy in pretty much any height you want (an entry bench? Yes, please!). I actually found a great Etsy maker – Modern Urban Metals,- just 15 minutes from my home! I love it when I can shop local and shop small!
So once you screw these legs in to the baseboard, flip it over and enjoy! This project is one that I’m so proud of. It is definitely a showpiece in my home and one of the most favorited items in my own Etsy shop.
I really love this table! Thank you so much Laura for sharing it with us! It came out great! Don’t forget to follow the Sawdust Chicks on Instagram for loads of inspiration! And if you are interested in being featured I would love to hear from you! Email me at SimplyLovelyLumber@yahoo.com or message me on Instagram! Thanks for stopping by guys!