Ok, back to the table! here's what I ended up with after the building stage -
- I combined steps 3 & 6 into step 3. Why not add the top side support at the same time as the bottom one?
- Step 4, the stretcher, was BRUTAL with one person and no tricked out crazycool workbench or clamping system or SOMETHING..a nailgun? I have no idea. Whatever I needed, I didn't have it. I got grey hair doing that step.
- Step 5 was the part where I really took a critical eye/hand over the legs and stretcher and picked which side was the front. I wanted to avoid any nail holes on the front/top as much as I could. It's good to choose sides - I am not Switzerland!
- Now, to avoid nail holes on top and any need to use wood filler where it will be most visible, I did steps 9 & 10 a bit different. I nailed the breadboard pieces (from 10) to the ends of the base top (step 9), nailing from underneath using 1 1/4" nails (and glue of course..always assume glue!). THEN I completed step 9, nailing it to the legs and apron, as directed in Ana's plan.
- The last step, 11 - I nailed from underneath as well, glue & 1 1/4" nails, clamped really well, edges flush.
- Circular Saw - LOVE! BLUV! So much. Scary though. Loud! The first time I fired it up I had Husbeast and Little Boy out there (at a safe distance) to watch me hopefully not cut my fingers off and gouge it into my thigh or something. (I reminded Husbeast to call 911 instead of 999 FROM THE HOUSE PHONE, not his cell, just in case) I had some scrap 2x4 I was cutting and LB kept saying how Mommy Has A Loud Circle Monster. He spent the next few days randomly obsessing over it. We really stressed how dangerous they can be so I fielded a lot of questions about losing fingers and why can't they grow back. He really thinks I'm stupid or something because he always replied to my 'No, they don't grow back' with kind of an eye-roll-sneery-smile-shrug and 'YEAH they CAN!'. One thing I found really helpful cutting the 1x12 was to nail on a piece of scrap 1x2 as a saw guide I could just butt the foot up against to get a really super square cut.