|Project by lightweightladylefty||posted 06-29-2011 04:04 AM||4767 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
Last month I was blessed to be able to serve my parents for three weeks while Mom recuperated from a broken clavicle and leg. During that time, Mom said she would like a small table to set beside her recliner. Since Dad doesn’t have many woodworking tools, I made her an extremely temporary “table” from a 10” x 18” piece of hard maple and a short piece of 2” x 6” stacked on a small metal plant stand.
While I had access to high-speed internet at their home, I downloaded the new version of SketchUp and designed this very simple table for Mom.
Her requirements were that it needed to be approximately 24” long by 10” wide by 20” tall. She also insisted that it have no nooks or crannies that needed to be dusted. I added the storage area because I just can’t see a reason for furniture that doesn’t have multiple uses. Mom still does a great deal of crocheting while sitting in her recliner so I made the inside deep enough to store rolls of crochet cotton. I also felt that she needed some place to keep a few crochet hooks so I made a tiny tray which rides in a rabbit on the top edge of the apron. (First, I made the larger tray but thought it was too big, but I gave it to her, too, so she can do with it as she pleases.)
The 4/4 oak was milled off our property. The legs were made from 8/4 oak (sold as 2” x 6” x 8’ studs for $2.00 each). I had to purchase hinges since I didn’t have any that were small enough, but sufficiently heavy for the top. The two hinges were 31 cents with tax! It ended up being a pretty economical table!
When I got back to my shop, I wanted to get it done quickly so I really pushed myself and finished it (and my brother's tray table) in about two weeks. The slowest part was drying varnish with a week of rain and high temperatures in the 50s!
I inscribed it on the inside with a note to Mom and on the bottom with my name (just in case it lasts more than a generation)! I haven’t woodburned much since my teen years (which was a couple of years ago) and I just couldn’t seem to follow a line on that cheap lauan plywood, so I ended up free-handing the lettering.
Even though there is nothing special about the table, it seems to fill her need so I consider the project a success! Thanks for taking a look.
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