This was my first attempt at furniture. My husband helped a little but I did most of the work. Worked out beautiful, an excellent birthday pressie for my daughter. Started cutting wood one afternoon, and finished painting and assembling the following afternoon (had a birthday cake to bake otherwise it would have been finished earlier). I used recycled timber for tops, the rest of the wood cost $50, so guessing Australian timber is way more expensive than USA. Bought Kreg jig specially for this project. Pocket joins give an excellent strong join. Had trouble getting crosses on bench correct, required many rescaling a to get right. Also had a wonky table because I screwed to the recycled timber top (some of that wood is warped) so fixed with a choc under two legs. Very pleased with result, look forward to my next project!
$50 not including table and bench top. Got my wood from Masters.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cheap pine for base, recycled hardwood top
House paint on base and Danish oil on top
Recommended Skill Level