|Project by Lifesaver2000||posted 07-07-2013 12:59 AM||1584 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
The local library needed a table of a specific size for a couple of their public access computers, but didn’t have any money for one, so I put this together from a couple of 2×4s I had left from my shed addition, plus four 1X6X8’ #1 yellow pine boards I had bought for something else that I ended up not doing. Total cost about $30.
I had originally been concerned about the durability of the pine, but the SYP seems to be pretty hard, and the addition of multiple coats of gloss polyurethane seems to have produced a table top that is holding up very well.
Construction-wise, the apron is joined to the main legs with mortise and tenon (I thought about using pocket holes, but decided that the M&T would be stronger), then the center legs are notched where they attach to the apron. Not visible is an extra set of front to back boards at the location of the center legs, supporting the table top. I wanted it heavy duty, since many of the computer users at the library are teenagers.
I had noticed that the other computers in the library actually sit on the floor, and are subject to being kicked and also picking up dust that is pulled in from the floor by the cooling fans. So, I decided this table would support and protect the computers up off the floor a little ways. I know it looks like the computers are a too close together, but having the slotted bottom where the computers sit instead of a solid piece allows a lot of air to come up from below, and both computers stay quite cool.