How to Build a Trough Centerpiece

I just got my new Craftsman 10 inch compound miter saw this past weekend and was itching to try my first project with it. So with Thanksgiving just a few short days away, I decided to created a little table trough centerpiece for the occasion… and here’s how I did it.

how to build a table trough centerpiece

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 10 inch compound miter saw
  • brad nailer
  • 3 pieces of 1in x 5.5in x 6ft boards
  • stain
  • white paint
  • vinyl lettering

craftsman compound miter sawI started by cutting my bottom board into 4 foot length with straight cuts (the Craftsman miter saw makes it easy to see where you’re cutting with the battery operated laser line).

miter saw table trough projectFor the two side pieces of the trough I cut the wood into 4 foot lengths with a 45 degree angle cut on both ends (4ft being the short side of the angled edge).

With the leftover wood that I had trimmed off the original boards, I cut two end pieces with both sides mitered at 45 degrees.

craftsman miter saw projectMake sure you double check the measurements for the smaller end pieces so everything fits perfectly together.

miter saw table troughOnce you have perfect cuts, start nailing the sides to the main base board (the one with the straight cuts).

table trough projectAnd pretty soon, you’ll have something pretty like this…

table troughNext I covered all of the outside of the trough with stain. I used this Express Color from Minwax since it’s easy to wipe on and dries almost immediately.

stained table troughThen you’re ready to apply your vinyl lettering. I actually found mine on clearance from Michael’s. It came in two pieces: one side says Family & Friends, the other side says Faith with some little ornamental dingbats.

stenciled table troughNext I painted the entire box with a coat of Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

painted and stenciled table troughWhen it dries, you can peel away the vinyl lettering to reveal the stain underneath. Pretty cool, huh? To finish, I lightly sanded the entire table trough to give it a distressed, vintage look.

painted table trough

And here’s the final piece!

table trough flowered centerpiece

table trough fall centerpiece

table trough flower centerpiece

table trough center piece

table trough centerpiece

fall table trough centerpiece

Overall I’m more than happy with my first project using the Craftsman 10 inch compound miter saw! Heck, I can’t wait to see what I can do with this puppy in the new house.

how to build a table trough centerpieceAND make sure you come back tomorrow because I’ll be giving away a Craftsman 10 inch compound miter saw to ONE LUCKY READER from Ace Hardware!

craftsman 10 in compound miter saw

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Disclosure: I am an Ace Hardware DIY Blog Team Member and was provided with an Ace Hardware gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. T.J. says

    My sister wants me to make her this for Thanksgiving. What length nails did you use? Would 1-1/4″ brad nails work?

    Also, did you nail the side pieces to the end pieces? Or did you glue the ends together?

  2. says

    I love this trough centerpiece! I have been wanting to make some for quite some time and have looked a multiple tutorials! Thanks for such a thorough how to!

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