Making a Side Table my Own Way #4: Compass Table

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 08-07-2012 12:34 AM 5691 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Please check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series to see how I designed and made this table, and Part 3 to see the first one I made.

Since the set up for making something from scratch is so much work, from planing the wood to setting the mitre saw on an angle to setting the router for cutting a groove… why not make more than one table?

Besides, I had the extra legs.

I decided to make a compass table top for my second round table:

I really enjoy making circles with my router. I made my own circular top by gluing together pieces of scrap pine. If you make the edges nice and even, you can easily glue pieces side by side, using good quality clamps helps:

For this table I painted the legs, base and top and then looked online to see how compasses were drawn. Using my math skills and a protractor, I came up with a design and drew it on with pencil and then painted it by hand with craft paints.

I sanded the top just a little to distress it and make it appear a bit older and then waxed it all.

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 02:52 PM

Great looking table top. The compass design looks very cool. One suggestion; I would use four legs so that the apron wouldn’t be so close to the edge of the top. I agree with you about making circles with the router; it is fun.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 02:54 PM

A very unique design and well done.

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