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Project by JimYoung posted 07-17-2016 02:35 PM 1519 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m still trying to thin out the scrap bin. This one legged table was inspired by Snowbeast who was inspired by Woodworking for Mere Mortals. This is my take on the design.

There is a zinc plated spike embedded in the leg to hold it upright. The leg was made in two pieces with a slot routed in each half for the spike. The top was some scrap cherry and walnut that I just glued up. The top is 3/4” x 10.5” x 16”, the leg is 18.5” high and pivots on 3/4” dowel. The cup holders are 3 1/4” in diameter, which is big enough to hold a can in one of the thick beer cozies. The bowl hole is 6” in diameter and should help keep you from spilling your pretzels. I used some 3/8” thick walnut inset into the bottom of the top to hold the cans and bowl. There is a simple half lap joint at each “x”. I figured this would be a decent way to let condensation and crumbs fall through. The pivot point is off set a bit from the centerline and intentionally tight so that the table doesn’t tilt unexpectedly.

Finish is my go to Arm-R-Seal satin and rubbed out with Behlen’s Deluxing Cream.

This will be a birthday present for a friend next month.

I have a measured drawing if anyone would like a head start on your own ideas. Just PM me your email address and I’ll shoot you a pdf.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon





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#1 posted 07-17-2016 03:41 PM

Nice to see it in ‘action’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-17-2016 09:26 PM

Jim, this is another nice looking project. You have been very active during your vacation. I’m curious about the purpose of the slot in the top.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-17-2016 09:36 PM

Hi Art,

That’s the handle for carrying it. You can carry it one handed and when folded the top fits tight against the notch in the leg to take the load when you stick it in the ground.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 12:09 AM

Very nicely done, Jim.

I may have to borrow the slats idea on the next ones I do.

That’s what I love about this place. Somebody posts a project and then somebody else makes a change or two and so on… And we all end up with really neat ideas.

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#5 posted 07-18-2016 03:06 PM

Almost too beautiful to use! That’ll class up any backyard that uses them…. Very nice.

Any way to lock the top in the horizontal position—or is just a friction fit?

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#6 posted 07-18-2016 08:59 PM

Jim, thanks for the info and congratulations on the Daily Top 3!

-- Art

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 03:58 PM

like it – what keeps the table part locked in place when in use?

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 05:57 PM

Just friction

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#9 posted 07-19-2016 07:48 PM

Where is the BEER ? Better idea in my opinion than using it for Wine & Cheese .

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