Introduction: Coffe Table Design
Many home improvement products are amazingly useful. Some look rock solid, others are playful and nice. The
question is whether it is exhausting the potential of doing it yourself or whether one can continue to make use of the field of making oneself. Why not combine the usefulness with the emotions? Why always carry the solidity of products to "outside"? Why not provoke a provocation instead of a playful and nice impression? This tea table is and understands itself as an attempt to approach these questions. The design should cause controversy. The table should not be nice, but it should be a challenge for the builder as well as for the viewer. You may or may not like it, but in any case it gives you an insight into the potential of doing it yourself.
Step 1: Cutting
In this first step, the floor installation plate must be sawn. The details for the blank include the outer edge lengths and are given in cm. The fact that the plates are finally sawn with an oblique cut, the
lengths of the outer and inner edges can differ to a considerable extent. When cutting, note the side lengths, the angles of the panels and also the "solid angles." The pieces will be stacked together later on, which means that you have to apply the same angle to the bevel of the table top as the side panel. The side pieces run parallel, but are not the same length and look different. This has the consequence that the solid angles deviate from one another at the end faces. The red line that was inserted into the picture also draws attention to a hidden plate kink on the underside of the table. The cut is relatively complex, which is why it is recommended to rough out the individual parts first. It is important that you leave enough room for the bevelled edge. For some plates, the final edges are outside an imaginary 90 ° cut! In principle, this step requires a lot of concentration. Every single plate has to be sawn as exactly as possible and if you are not careful, an angle is created in the wrong direction!
Step 2: Legs
Before assembling the slabs, the devices for the table legs must be installed. Drill corresponding holes and hammer in nuts. As legs are suitable parts of a threaded rod which are bent accordingly and later fixed with nuts and washers.
Step 3: Assembling Parts
If the individual table pieces are sawn, they must be screwed. Apply glue to the bonding surfaces and fix with screws. Sometimes it is inevitable that the plates do not fit exactly. If this is the case, it is necessary to align the plates with a planer, knife and plunge iron.
Step 4: Paint
The table is now roughly shaped. A flat and glossy paint enhances it even more. To achieve such a result, you should prime the table first. Then level out all unevenness and sawing surfaces with filler. You have to be thorough, because the glossy finish later emphasizes any bumps.
Time plays an important role in this step. Primer, putty, as well as the paint must be allowed to dry for a long time. Sanding is also required after each drying phase. In the color selection, a strong contrast was chosen. The neutral gray of the outer surface is in tension to the poisonous green of the interior, emphasizing the dynamic shape of the table.
Step 5: Finish
The final step to completion is the insertion of the Plexiglas panes. To do this, glue parts of the mini square rod into the table as a stop and saw off the acrylic glass. The small glass pane is firmly glued, the larger receives a closure of magnets. By attaching the glass, the table becomes a small display cabinet and the project tea table is finished
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