It’s another rainy day … and I woke up wondering What can I do besides sitting in front of the TV (although I WILL have to do that this afternoon because collegiate rugby 7 championships are on!)?
I went to one of my favorite online resources, Good Housekeeping. What can I say? Men like it, too!
I found an easy 1-hour project, “How to build a shutter side table.”
What you’ll need:
- 4 wood shutters, all the same size
- 8 art canvas stretchers
- 16 screws
- 1 piece of glass for table top – cut to fit inside beveled edge of canvas frame
- Stand all four shutters up and form the table shape; The four shutters together will make a square base.
- Grab a friend to hold the shutters in place, then measure the width of one shutter.
- Take that square measurement and purchase 8 art stretchers of the same or slightly larger measurement (stretcher measurement can be slightly larger, it just means the top will extend beyond the sides a bit).
- Piece the stretchers together to form two square shapes; one for the base, and one for the top of the table.
- Standing the shutters up vertically, place the frame on top of the four shutters.
- Drill 2 screws (evenly spaced on each side) through the frame and into the top edge of the shutter to hold firm. Repeat on the other three sides.
- Turn the shutter over, and repeat the previous step.
- Finish the wood stretchers with the same paint or stain as the shutter.
- Have a glass store cut a 1/4-inch piece of glass for the tabletop that will fit inside the canvas stretcher’s beveled edge.