Its amazing that you can take boards of wood and create a pretty solid surface...I did it in the laundry room 2 years ago (you can see that here) and I always thought it would make a great surface for built-ins...like the guy at Home Depot said to me , "it's not the most affordable way to make a cabinet top but it will look good".
I did't want to look back at my dining room built-in and feel like I cheaped out at all, I don't think the dining room is the place to cheap out. I am tackling this project a little at a time as funds allow. I plan to complete the lower cabinets and then take a break in between then I will complete the ceiling portion after that I will move on the bookcase upper portion. I am not rushing this, there is no rush.
I took the 2"x 3" knotty pine boards and glued them and screwed them together with pocket holes.
I let the boards and glue set for a few hours with pipe clamps.
So there is a little update for today, I will be taking a couple of days off , feel free to follow along on Instagram for more frequent updates and photos... link on the left margin up near the top of the page.