Before we get to the instructions, I need to say something. I like my apartment. It's got character. It's a decent size. We have a guest room. We have lots of storage, free parking and free laundry. And it's cheap. Really cheap. So, of course, it's got it's quirks. The building is old. And dusty. (Endlessly dusty.) And we're plagued by draughts. Lots of draughts. And yes, the front door opens directly into the living room, and people bring in an endless stream of slush and stuff all winter long, and even when they don't, it was a pain to have no place for purses, mail and shoes. Besides that, there's something disconcerting about entering right into a living space, with no transitional area.
The console table was the solution I came up with. Using the materials listed in the last post, here's how you do it:
- Attach four leg plates to the four corners of each of the two pine boards (eight plates, total). One board will be the top, one will be the shelf.
- Screw the four long legs into the shelf board and the four short legs into the top board.
- Place the top part of the table on the shelf and draw circles around the spots where the short legs meet the top of the shelf.
- Secure the top of the table to the shelf in whatever method suits you. I came up with a makeshift method that worked well:
- Drill small holes in the centre of each little circle.
- Hammer four small nails into the bottom centre of each of the four short legs, leaving an amount of nail head protruding.
- Line the protruding nail heads up with the holes in the shelf top so that the nail heads go into the holes and the whole thing is flush.
- Reinforce with wood glue where the short wooden legs meet the shelf top.
- Paint the whole darn thing.