Side Coffee Table Project
1: Introduction, the wood, the glue, and the materials + quantities
2: The plans, cutting detail, and the instructions
3: User Photos/Comments
The plans, cutting detail, and instructions
The plans and cutting detail
Cut the 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") wood into lengths as shown in the plans above.
Cut out the leg rebates in lumber pieces (b) to dimensions as shown in the plans above using a handsaw and chisel.
The width of the rebates should be the same as the width of the legs.
Glue each piece of wood that makes up the table top and clamp them together. Ensure the pieces (a's and b,s) are in the order as shown in the plans above.
Wipe off any excess glue.
When the glue is dry, take off the clamps and sand the top, the sides, and the end grain to a smooth finish. Begin with a coarse sandpaper and finish with a fine sandpaper. (sometimes a trip down to the local hire center for a belt sander is the best bet)
Turn the table upside down. Glue and fit the legs in the leg holes.
NOTE: The legs should fit into the holes snugly. Do not use excessive force putting the legs into the holes. If the legs are too tight, sand or plane them as necessary.
Put three coats of polyurethane on the coffee table. Thin the first coat with a bit of turps or other suitable thinners so it will soak into the lumber better. After the first coat dries, lightly sand and then put on coat number two, wait until that coat dries, lightly sand and then put on coat number three.