Last week I built the pottery barn knock-off table, benchwright collection, for a good friend.
She had seen a side table in a local store and loved it, but hated the price tag! I showed her a pottery barn inspired benchwright table (as seen on Shanty 2 Chic with plans by Ana White.) that I had built in cedar and she said that would be perfect in a distressed gray.
I followed Ana White’s plans and made a few modifications. I remembered to take picture along the way if you want to see how to do it for yourself…..
Since my friend didn’t want to go to rustic, I skipped edge joining the 1 x3s with pocket holes. Instead I use 3/4 inch Purebond Plywood from Home Depot and cut it 15″ x 15″.
I then carefully measured 1 3/4″ from each corner and cut them withe the miter saw at a 45 degree angle.
After I cut 4 2×3 legs to 23 1/2 inches, I added pocket holes to the underneath side of the plywood using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. I used 1 and 1/4 inch Kreg pocket course screws and wood glue to join the legs. I have tried to use less expensive screws, but they don’t self join like the Kreg brand screws.
Then I took 1 x 3 and measured long point to long point at 13″, cutting non parallel at 45 degrees. The picture will explain….so look closely.
Then I used my nail gun to secure the edges.
Do the same for the top aprons. I couldn’t get the pocket holes to angle into the legs ( I opted to use my nail gun), but I did pre drill holes to secure the table top.
Last I attached the tabletop with the Kreg pocket hole system and 1 1/4 ” screws.
Later I will share how I finished it! All I will say now is that this is truly the easiest painting and distressing with the new paint samples I received…..can’t tell you anymore…..