Build A Wall-Mounted Bedside Table

I've got one of those old-timey iron beds. You know, the kind that's so high you have to take a running leap to get into it. So instead of scouring antiques stores for an equally tall bedside table, I built one myself using a pair of salvaged corbels and an old slate roof shingle. The result: a rustic-looking built-in that's just the right height and doesn't take up a single inch of floor space.

Here's how to make one:

1. Locate a stud by punching tiny holes in the wall with a finish nail along the top edge of the baseboard until you hit wood.

2. Center one corbel on the stud at the desired height and trace a horizontal line on the wall across its top. Using a level, continue the line to lay out the position of the second corbel.

3. Steady the first corbel on the line and bore two pilot holes through its top at a 45-degree angle.

4. Secure the corbel to the wall with 3-inch screws; repeat the above steps with the second corbel.

5. Hold the slate in place on top of the corbels with adhesive-backed Velcro tape, and use a rasp to file any jagged edges smooth. Apply a coat of mineral oil with a rag to remove scratches and brighten the stone's natural color.
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