Typical of my projects the materials are mostly free. I tend to use whatever is at hand, and I would encourage anyone looking at this to do the same. The materials I use are probably never ideal, but then I always aim for progress rather than perfection.
I initially thought of attaching the table to the bed, but I decided this would make it awkward to change the sheets etc. I eventually settled on a single raking leg attached to the floor under the bed. The result is a table that appears to hover next to the bed, and I think it looks pretty cool.
Step 1: Materials
- For the table top I had a slab of really heavy hard wood from my pile of fire wood. I believe it was an off cut from a mill that produces railway sleepers; sold as fire wood. This piece was just the right size at about 380mm x 240mm and about 30mm thick. A fantastic rich red colour.
- For the leg it was an old stainless steel submersible pump housing. Heavy enough for the job while being light enough to shape. The curve of the sections I cut from it would provide the stiffness I needed. Unfortunately it wasn't long enough without a joint, but at least I got an excuse to fire up the welder.