|Project by David LaBolle||posted 07-26-2011 08:54 AM||3484 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
I needed some tables for my students to use during break time. I came up with a design that makes one 90cm by 90cm table with four tapered legs and the underskirts all cut from a single sheet of veneered core board. At first I glued the legs to attach them to the table just inside of a single skirt, but found the tables very difficult to move up and down my stairwells. So I came up with a design where there is a second skirt just inside of the outer skirt allowing the legs to slot in between them with a tight friction fit and no screws. This way the legs are easily removed to carry the tables up and down stairs.
The tapered legs were made by building a long tube-like box 10 cm by 93cm (the width of my coreboard). I then made a jig to cut a taper on that from 3cm from the edge at one to 3cm from the edge at the opposite corner. Using that jig I cut that one box into four tapered legs with two faces at a 90 angle to each other. This made for a very stiff leg. 3cm at the bottom and 7 cm at the top. I then cut down these tapered legs to different lengths for the tables shown. Taller tables to be used with regular chairs, and shorter tables for use with kindergarten size chairs. On the shorter most recent table I decided to stain the wood before adding the light colored edge banding so that the color contrast would accentuate the taper of the legs.
This was my first time ever making tables, I was somewhat nervous going into it, but am fairly satisfied with the results.
How do you all attach legs to tables? Any advice on a simpler stronger way to make them removable?
-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for