I have the burning desire to make my own table, which is why I was really like Man Podger David's DIY end table project this week. I'm still amazed that you can go to the hardware store and buy the supplies to make furniture. I know that's probably funny to some of you who are into construction, but I'm so scared to do it myself. That's where the Man Podgers come in! If you are like me, David's project is going to give you the confidence to build something yourself – this is a great “beginning builder” project. Keep going to learn directly from David how to build a table.
I used to get frustrated with those people who were always doing projects made with “this old piece of wallpaper/wood/fabric/etc I had lying around.” I never had an old piece of anything lying around, but now I have become one of those people – some would call it a late developing Hoarding Syndrome; I prefer to think of it as being committed recycler.
Anyway, my buddy wanted some baseball themed tables for his man-cave and I thought this would be a fun, affordable project to do and share.
It’s made from bits I had sort of lurking in the corners of my garage (with the spiders – seriously, it’s like a science fiction movie in there) but I assure you can do it with some very affordable parts from any big box hardware store.
Baseball Card DIY End Table
- One table leg – mine was from the Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store (a great resource) but they come in all shapes and sizes at big box retailers
- Four (4) 7-inch wooden shelf brackets
- A picture frame – you could also use a wooden tray or anything else that appealed
- Five feet of shoe molding
- 1 piece of ¼ inch wood cut square and just a little smaller than your picture frame
- 1 piece of ½ or ¾ inch wood cut square and 2-3 inches smaller than your picture frame
- Glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
- Brad Nails (optional)
- 1 wood screw
- Sand paper
- Spray paint
- Mod Podge Gloss (I know! Surprising!)
Drill, saw (hand saw, miter saw, whatever you’ve got), hammer, foam brush
First off I cut the table leg to the height I needed (they will do this for you at the hardware store if you ask nicely. It probably helps if you are prettier than I am. I cut mine at home. Alone. . . . moving on) and sanded all the parts smooth.
Next I cut the shoe molding into eight (8) seven-inch strips and took the flimsy back out of the picture frame.
Now I was ready to attach the shoe molding to the table leg.
I nailed mine in place after gluing, but if you just wanted to glue them simply wrap rubber bands around the top and bottom to hold them in place while they dry.
Next I just glued the shelf brackets into the slots I’d created and wiped away any glue that squeezed out and set the whole thing aside to dry.
After it dried, I painted everything (leg, the edge and one side of both pieces of wood and the picture frame). A quick coat of spray primer followed by the top coat made quick work of it and then it was time to decoupage.
I placed the frame on the ¼ inch board and traced the inside edge so I’d know how much of the board to cover with my images and got busy. You can use baseball cards, copies of baseball cards, or actual baseball cards themselves. I'll leave that up to you.
To find the exact center of my ½ inch board I drew lines from corner to corner. After that all I had to do was drill a pilot hole and attach my ½ board to the leg assembly. Make sure the wood screw is flat with the surface of the board, or just a little below it.
After that dried I flipped it back over and applied a sealer coat of Mod Podge over the collage surface.
OK – the final step of my DIY end table and True Confession Time:
I wanted to use Hard Coat Mod Podge for this step but neither of my local craft stores carry it or at least don’t have it in stock of late. From all reports it would work beautifully at this stage. However, for my tables I used a product called Envirotex which is an epoxy resin (they use it on bar tops a lot) that you need to carefully mix, pour and let dry for several days. It’s messy but it produces a solid glass-like surface that’s super strong but Hard Coat Mod Podge would work just as well and be a little less hassle.
I hope you like my DIY end table. This is my first attempt to document what I do – if I’ve left any steps out or confused please be sure to post your question in the comments link. I will monitor and happily respond.