I took a trip to the as-is department of Ikea today.
I was really looking for a door that I could use for the top of a craft table, but when I saw wooden slats for a buck, I had to snatch them up for a bench. It's hard to go to any kind of scratch and dent store with a project in mind. I find it's easier to figure out a project once you've had a chance to check out their stock.
I picked up 3 flat square boards(cupboard doors probably)
2 posts and 6 slats.
Total for the supplies was $20.
I put one of the posts up against the corner of one of the cabinet doors and traced it.
I cut the notches out using a bandsaw.
I only did this to the center board because I wanted to put the other two flush against the sides.
I chopped the posts down so that added to the width of the sides, they would be the same length as the slats. Make sense?
I was able to nail some of the boards into place with a pneumatic nail gun, but when two thicker pieces were together I needed long screws to keep it secure. I had to laugh at myself because I shot a ton of nails into the thick boards without even considering that the inch and a half nails weren't even coming close to making it through the thickness of the board. Ah well, a bench can always use an extra 30 holes in it right?? I touched them up with a little black paint, so hopefully they aren't too obvious.
At first I hadn't planned on putting extra supports on the sides, but they surely needed it and luckily the posts were long enough to accommodate the extra necessary pieces.
Here's a pic of the base put together
and here we are with the slats tacked into place.
I'm loving that the spots are big enough to allow me to stick bins underneath.
I'm all about finding extra storage locations!!
If you happen to live by the Draper Ikea there are enough of the same supplies to make a twin.
Well, at least there was a couple of hours ago. I guess you never know!
Have a wonderful evening!