Step 11: Join legs to top

I did this the wrong way. I used wooden dowels and screws through my table top. This meant I had to use filler. But no matter how hard you try filler and lacquer finish just never works out.

You should do it a better way. Epoxy and steel dowels. It is what I originally had intended doing. Definitely no screws and no filler.

To mark out your dowel locations first set your top upside down and put the legs on it. Line them up where they are supposed to go and trace your pencil around the outline so that where the leg goes can be clearly seen on the top when you take away the leg. Then offset from the inside line by 12mm to get a line for your 10mm dowels. Mark their locations. If you have dowel markers you can use them now. If like me you haven't you just drive some panel pins into the locations to about half their length. Cut the tops off the panel pins. This should give you a nice sharp edge.

Get your leg and place it down on the top again so that the cut panel pins stick into the top edge and mark the dowel locations in it. Remove the nails and drill everything carefully with a 10mm bit. You just kinda have to eye it really. I must say the little bubble on my drill that I always thought was gimicky was pretty handy for this.

Clean out the holes and test fit. If everything is good then mix your epoxy and get it assembled. Clamp down the legs lightly so as to add some pressure but not enough to open up the joint. Epoxy the joint as well, or wood glue, whichever is handiest.

I like it, creative design.<br>Never would've thought of laminating MDF into an arc, good show. However MDF is more susceptible to moisture than just about anything else. My concern is, being a coffee table, it's intended to hold drinks which will sweat if of the cold variety... Maybe not a problem though depending on the lacquer, I'm not that familiar with the properties of lacquer as a moisture barrier.
that would be why he laminated it ;)
Maybe consider bending plywood next time. The bulk of the grain of bending plywood wood even be vertical in this situation, adding to integrity baring any load.<br><br>For those unfamiliar, bending plywood is 2 ply plywood with one ply substantially thicker than the other, it is usually described dimensionally as 8'X4' or 4'X8&quot; depending on which way it bends, long way or short way. The grain of the thicker lamination runs perpendicular to the direction it is to be bent, meaning that the grain will go straight the full length of a cylinder, the grain of the thinner lamination goes with the bend, so it would follow the circumference of a cylinder meeting it's own end grain to complete the cylinder.
By the way, it's spelled Macintosh, not Mackintosh
no its not.... <br><br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Rennie_Mackintosh
If it's Mackintosh inspired...wouldn't it be a Toffee Table?<br />
Mackintosh as in the designer who died in the 1920's not the computer company...
Snap! Good one.
OK by mackintosh he is talking about the designer who died in the 1920.... please people think and do a little research before you try to correct someone.. :)
(im sorry but i had to say it)&nbsp; looks like an I-vagina<br />
Those look awesome. And no offence but at first glance, i thought it was some futuristic toilet. I thought that when i saw &quot;mackintosh inspired&quot; But, those are awesome.
&nbsp;i uh, i drink coffee, but hate coffee tables.
&nbsp;Agreed, unless it's something useful like a computer lcd mounted in the surface or the other one I seen for a coffee table full of dried moss (looked pretty neat!)
You should sell the design to ikea!<br />
&nbsp;That is one badass table. To bad I dont have the tools, or experience, to make one.
This is a nice looking table, but to be honest ... to me it looks kind of like a toilet.&nbsp; Not saying that it is a bad table, just I get a strange connotation with it.
Hey, isn't it Macintosh?. Looks like a good ible though, I will read more I just had to ask.<br />
Oh, now I see it's a person. lol sorry.<br />
&nbsp;nice work indeed, i really liked your instructable and im glad i stopped by =)&nbsp;<br /> <br /> oh and i hope it got you a good grade =P&nbsp;<br />
Yeah I got on pretty well on that assignment. Thanks for your kind words.<br />
Nice! Looks like something outta Star Trek.<br />
Thanks. People usually say that about my museum bench though... The central beech bit looks like the crest/symbol they wear on their tops.

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