I hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as I am. :) You can see links to the complete series here, and get details about my Lowe's gift card giveaway here. In this series, we're seeing what we can make out of 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. Today's project is another favorite (I know. I have a lot a favorites. It's okay.). We're going to build a handy rolling ottoman!
This ottoman has simple lines and interesting architectural lines. It can make a really fun statement in your living room! We'll be adding casters so your ottoman can easily roll wherever you need it. Use is as a coffee table, put your feet up while you read, or let it double as extra seating in a pinch. Let's get started....
Shopping List:3 - 2x4s @ 10' long
1 - 2x4 @ 8' long
4 casters (optional)
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 10 @ 24 1/2" (sides)
(B) - 7 @ 21 1/2" (top)
Dimensions: 24 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" tall (not including casters) x 24 1/2" deep
Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
Step 1: Build the Base
Assemble four of the side boards (A) as shown below. It should be flush at all the corners. You an attach it using a kreg jig in the corners, or by carefully angling 2 1/2" screws through the side of the green boards and into the top of the gray boards. Use glue.
Add another pair of side boards as shown below and attach in the same way.
Continue adding side boards in alternating directions until you have completed the base of your ottoman.
Step 2: The Top
Attach the top boards (B) running between the top set of side boards. Everything should be flush across the top. Attach them by drilling through the side boards into the top boards with 2 1/2" screws and glue.
Step 3: Finishing
Start by filling any nail holes and sanding everything smooth. If you are adding casters, attach them to teh bottom corners according the manufacturer recommendations. Then finish your ottoman with paint or stain and polyurethane. Try a deep charcoal to add a little drama.
Project 2x4 Cost:
$9.60 - 3 2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$2.50 - 1 2x4 @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
Thanks, Jeremy, for our first reader photo! He used this ottoman as an inspiration for his own barstools. You can see more detail and process picture on his blog, check it out here!
See giveaway winners here.
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