|Project by bobkberg||posted 12-24-2010 10:50 PM||1742 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I needed a low worktable under my desk for some equipment, but didn’t want it taking up my foot space.
So building this as a cantilevered table solved that problem. Since this was purely a utility project, I made it out of scrap materials that I had on hand (1/4” mahogany plywood, and scraps of 2X4, and small sticks for edging and the like.)
As you can see from picture #2 (the back), the joinery here is mortise and tenon-like to provide two glue surfaces for heavy rigidity. There will be moderately heavy things on this table (commercial rack-mounted servers), so it has to be capable of carrying 100 lbs easily – which it does.
Picture #4 shows the corner stiffener glued in place to make the back edge, and the bottom of the shear panel stiff. By using the shear strength of both pieces of plywood, I was able to make it quite strong with a minimum of material.
Then, as long as I was having fun, I thought I’d make it graceful as well, and sloped the “arms” and “legs”, and then rounded off everything on the router table. The filling putty is Wunderfil – which I like for their variety of colors – and the fact that it’s water clean up. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it shrinks enough to often need two applications. The final finish is 3 coats of Minwax sanding sealer, with a rubdown of 00 steel wool between coats.
-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living