After sanding, priming, and painting all the boards (remember how may? Yes, it took a while)
I started laying out the bench making sure to check for square, and following all of Ana's directions.
It was kind of like putting a giant puzzle together. I have to admit, I liked this part. Not only because I was figuring out a puzzle, but because I could also see it coming together.
Don't be fooled, there were some set backs. A few of the boards split on me.
Luckily I had some extra wood, so I cut replacements and did the whole sand, prime, paint routine again.
Once the bench was all put together, I simply filled the holes, sanded, and painted one last coat.
I have to admit, I fully expected it to be wobbly, or completely unlevel, but it wasn't. Score one for me! For my first try building something, ever, I think I did a pretty decent job. Not perfect by any means, and I'm sure it took me significantly longer than it would have for someone who knew what they were doing, but I like my little rustic bench. Oh, and for those of you wondering how much it cost, here you go:
1x3 firstname.lastname@example.org each
1x4 email@example.com each
Wood glue 2.97
Screws firstname.lastname@example.org each
BUT most people would have the primer, square, and wood glue (we actually had some, we just didn't check first. Dumb) and at least some of the screws. This would have brought our total in at $42.74. Not bad, right?
Wait until you see it in my mud room closet. I am in the process of getting that put together right now. Stay tuned!
If you have any other "simple" projects that you think I should try next, let me know. I will put them on my ever lengthening "to do" list. Have you built anything lately? Crossed anything off your "I've always wanted to list?"