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Fewer-Legged Futon Table

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A small bedside table designed to sit beside a futon. Has interchangeable upholstered panels held in place with magnets, hidden storage underneath them, and two central legs with a wall fixing that give it a much lighter looking design than a normal 4 legged table.

Making this does require basic woodworking skills.

Materials:
2 x 2.4m of 25 x 25mm pine
1 x 2.4m of 10mm x 10mm pine
1 x 25cm of 40mm x 40mm pine
Assorted screws, nails and pins
24 x 7mm x 4mm rare earth magnet
Approx. 1 1/2 sq metre of fabric (a couple of t-shirts worth)
6 x small metal L bracket
2 x metal T plate
3 x straight metal mending plate
Filler
Varnish
6 x small wooden kebab skewer
Webbing material (such as non-slip matting)

Tools:
Tenon saw
Pump cramps
Electric drill
Hammer
Nail punch
Staple gun
Scissors
Rubber mallet
Chisels
Sandpaper
 
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Step 1: Design and Cutting List

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I quickly laid out a few designs to see what I wanted.

I knew I wanted the panels to be square, and for there to be three of them. The squares alone were too lanky, so I decided on a ratio something like a widescreen TV. Rectangular panels didn't work but that proportion did, so I settled on three square panels and a long stripe beside them.

Whatever you design, make a cutting list. Look over the drawing, list every last piece of wood you'll need to cut to make it, then double check it before cutting anything. I made a mistake but caught it before picking up my saw. Image 2 shows the corrected cutting list, also with Ms circled beside the pieces that needed mitres cutting on the ends.

Image 3 shows all of the pieces cut and ready to fix together.
Gorfram4 years ago
Cool project, nice 'Ible.

Just a thought: it was a little frustrating to have to skip ahead to Step 8 to find out just how much fewer-legged the table is.
(I was guessing one and a half - close, anyway. :)
Nachimir (author)  Gorfram4 years ago
Oops, didn't think of that. Sorry! :)
I'm very impressed by your attention to the smallest of details. I've also used that flexy gray mesh stuff and is it great. The match stick spacers made me chuckle a bit because it was so simple, yet so ingenious. Keep on building! :-)
royalestel7 years ago
Hey, great job. I've been experimenting with super magnets in furniture design myself recently. Spiffy job, yo.
Nachimir (author)  royalestel7 years ago
Thanks :) I'm thinking about using magnets in more functional and hidden ways at the moment.
Mitten7 years ago
I see what you hid there.