|Project by DaveWatha||posted 12-19-2011 10:33 AM||1605 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
So, this is a small table I made to fit in between a couple of chairs in our family room where we watch TV. It’s certainly not a conventional piece of furniture but it’s highly useful for it’s intended purpose! It’s a bit different and I’m guessing this is a unique design never before attempted in history! It is made 100% from Baltic Birch plywood; I just wanted to see how it would work to use this material exclusively. There were a lot of pieces to cut for this project!
I decided to make the base a tripod because we have a Saltillo tile floor that is somewhat uneven, and with the three leg design, that is not a problem. Because there is some inherent instability due to the asymmetrical positioning of the three legs, I added a couple of 5 lb weights to the bottom to lower the center of gravity. With the weights, the table weighs 24 lbs.—it’s pretty solid and is not going to tip over!
This was a design-build approach. That is, I sort of made up the design as I went along to try and use up offcuts of Baltic Birch that had accumulated from previous projects. The sides of the table are angled slightly to be parallel with an IKEA Poang birch-frame chair on each side of the table. The cupholders are at the front end of the table; the cupholders work with pretty much every glass we own. The finish is 5 or 6 coats of Minwax Polycrylic water-based polyurethane.
This was a fun project and one we use every day!