I mean, just take a look at how beautiful it looks in West Elm's catalog. Seriously, its like design porn:
My first major task, getting all the wood purchased and to my home. The materials list was easy to follow, and after adding up all my pieces, I discovered that I needed (36) 8'x1"x4"s. That's a lot of sticks of wood. To top it off I ran to the store over my lunch hour, so it must have been pretty hilarious to watch a girl in a business skirt and heels try to load up and push a flat bed cart full of wood up to the check out. The good news is that (36) 1 x 4s cost me just $67, (of course they were on sale, don't you know me at all?) and building a sectional that seats 6 for $67 feels like stealing. That evening after the boys went to bed I decided to cut and build the first piece. I figured it was best to start with the first one, and build it to completion, just to make sure I understood all the instructions and didn't have any problems. I figured that if all went well I could mass produce the rest the next couple of days. It went pretty well, and I'm not going to walk you through how to build this step by step, because Ana's got all that covered and then some with her tutorial. I will share with you a few suggestions as you follow her plan though.
1. Read through all the instructions before you start dummy. Yep, that's like the #1 rule for pretty much everything, but of course I thought I was too smart for that. So when I got to step #3 that said, "Do this step prior to doing steps 1 & 2 if you are using a Kreg Jig, I pretty much threw my hammer.
2. If you can, use a Kreg Jig. Haven't heard of that before? It's a sweet little tool that allows you to connect 2 boards perpendicularly without any screws showing. The pocket screw this jig creates not only looks better, but holds your 2 boards together much more securely. A Kreg Jig will run you about $99, but if you plan to build any other furniture projects any time in the future, it will pretty much pay for itself.
3. If you're going to use a Kreg Jig, make sure to build Ana's template for a center (armless) piece first. She has lots of suggestions in that tutorial for using the Kreg that aren't included in the corner piece tutorial, probably because it would be redundant. I unfortunately built a corner piece first, so I definitely had a few live and learn moments. (Which is to say I cursed like a sailor at a pile of wood before my neighbors walked by with their baby. I blame them for walking a baby at 9:30 at night.)
So after night one, I cleaned up my mess, (well, sort of), and was left with this:
|P.S.- That board hanging off the top of the back rest is not connected and is not supposed to be there. I just was too lazy to remove it before snapping the picture. It was after midnight on a work night, give a girl a break.|