I used materials I already had so it was a cheap project to build. I used six pieces of 2 x 4 that had already been cut to 24 inches in length. They were left over from a work bench that my husband had built.
I joined the 2 x 4's together using wood glue and three pieces of fir strapping glued and screwed to the bottom of the 2 x 4's.
To finish the unfinished ends I cut 2 more pieces of fir strapping to "cap" each end. I secured it in place with wood glue and clamped it in place until completely dry. I gave the entire piece a good sanding using a belt sander, then a palm sander using 100 grit then 220 grit sandpaper.
I stained the joins and edges using ebony stain by Minwax removing the excess with a soft cloth.
Then I stained the entire piece with dark walnut stain my Minwax, again removing the excess stain. Once completely dry, I sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper.
I wanted to add a bit of an industrial look to the topper so I decided to add metal corner brackets.
I spray painted the brackets and screws with Rustoleum's dark walnut spray paint with primer. I attached one bracket to each corner and then sanded the brackets to expose some of the metal.
To finish the topper I applied Minwax Paste Wax to the surface.
Simple and inexpensive.
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