Cantilevered table

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Project by bobkberg posted 12-24-2010 10:50 PM 2102 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 10:54 PM

I like it

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 10:55 PM

Cool and unique table. Like the finish and wood you used.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 03:20 AM

I wasn’t quite right about the weight-bearing capacity – I’m over 200 lbs. and it supports me quite nicely!

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 08:44 AM

Very Nice. My first thought after seeing the picture was that it was a breakfast-in-bed table. I guess you would need an arch cut in the back for that. Nice work.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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