This project was very simple but an excellent experience. With a lot of patience on the finishing, it turned out absolutely beautiful too! The wood cost was higher because Home Depot was out of several of the size boards in the cheap pine and I didn't want to wait till I found them to start. I began the project with our trusty circular saw, but was quickly frustrated trying to get nice square cuts (and even lengths) so back to Home Depot we went. We came home with more wood, a 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw and a Kreg Jig, which increased my cost just a tiny bit. But boy was I a happy girl! Especially since they are all mine (maybe I'll share w/the hubby and kiddo)! :o) After that, it went together very quickly. I added a 1" apron on the bottom shelf which hid the bracer - just tapped it in with the finishing nails. I also added screw-in padded feet, which means it sits nice and even and I don't have to worry about it scratching the floor (or the bottom of the table getting damaged). The only thing I did not enjoy was filling in all the pocket holes from the Kreg, which took forever. I definitely learned how important pocket hole placement is, as I ended up having to paint the legs instead of staining them (as originally planned) so I could hide all the huge holes. But it turned out better than expected so I'm happy this happened. I also recommend attaching the top, the top bracers and the bottom shelf after sanding and filling all the holes if using a Kreg. I actually attached both the top and the bottom shelf after I'd stained and painted. This allowed me to get in all the crevices and kept the stain out of the paint and the paint out of the stain! A few touch ups once I attached the top and put in the bottom shelf and voila! Sealed it with the wax and am thrilled with the finished product. And the best part is, my son is finally interested in building and even started his own table! Thanks to Ana's site, our build list is growing every day! There are just not enough (cool) hours in the day to build during our 100 degree Central Texas summer!
Latex flat paint in Buttercream (had on hand from a room paint - would've preferred a satin or maybe a semi-gloss
Miniwax paste finishing wax