|Project by ThreeJs||posted 01-31-2008 05:06 AM||6552 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
Just squeaking in under the wire to get this done. I had planned to be done this weekend, but the box went a little long, which really squeezed this project.
I started designing this when the contest was first announced. I was really sweating just using one 2×4, so I designed the table in sketch-up before I even went out to get the board. Once I had the drawing, I was able to lay it out in a 2×4 shape, and then generate a cut list using a plug-in.
The table has an overall height of 26 1/2”. The top is 19” square, and consists of 4 rails and a floating panel. The panel is only held by a single peg in the middle, but is supported on the edges by a rabbit. The panel is only 3/16” thick, with the rails being 3/8”. This is somewhat of an experiment for me, and I am curious to see if it cups or bows over time – assuming it survives in a house with 4 boys!
The legs are 1” square at the top, taper down to 3/4” at the bottom, and are sloped in at 5 degrees. I was having issues with the legs staying straight (this stuff really moves on you), so I mortised them at the top, and toward the bottom. The bottom rails were not in the original plan, but a plan you can’t change is no plan at all.
The top and bottom are attached with slotted screws, which should allow for movement. (Again, assuming it survives.) Not a bad little table.
Overall this has been a fun learning experience. For instance, last night I found out that I just don’t know how to quit. :) I also learned a lot about cutting mortises with a chisel, hammer, and saw. Last but not least, I learned that southern yellow pine, is tough, splintery, and very active when not quite dry.
Here is a picture of the table with my wife.
Here is what my wife started using it for, right after I took the pictures for the contest.
-- David, Charlotte NC (http://beechcreeknaturals.etsy.com)