David built the top over the weekend (no photos because I was under the weather, but it really is so simple, I don't think it needs any!)
First, we selected a poplar board from Home Depot (located in the hard wood section, next to the Oak.) Be sure to examine each board to make sure that it is straight. If it curves, it's harder to work with. We love poplar because of the variety in the grain and coloring. We chose a board that with a dark stripe down the center - perfect for carrying the grain from the top to the sides.
To get started you will need:
11' of poplar 1x12
Hairpin legs (ours were thrifted 21.5" tall)
60" W x 27" H x 11.5" D
1. With the chop saw, cut the 1x12 poplar wood (good side up) at a 45 degree angle – 5 1/2", 60", and 5 1/2" (outer tip to outer tip) sections. Make sure that you cut the 45 in the correct direction i.e. the 45s should look like a picture frame. Cut in that order (5 1/2", 60", and 5 1/2") so the grain of the wood lines up.
2. Cut a second 60" piece for the bottom (ours came from a different piece of wood that was similar, so it lines up fairly well, since it's on the bottom, it's not as important)
3. Cut (3) 4" sections at 90 degrees to create the dividers for the center.
4. On the bottom of the bottom board, measure and place the 4" sections, screw sections in with 2" screws.
5. Align, glue and clamp the top in place.
6. Glue and clamp side pieces in place.
That's it! Pretty simple. This would also be great, simple desk - just add a few more inches so it's taller!
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments! :)