This table is made out of a solid hardwood table-top (made out of cherry and maple) which sits on top of a recessed frame. The frame is connected to a shelf with polished stainless steel tubes.
This is a great project if you know some basic woodworking and like seeing results fast! The simplicity of the legs really speeds up the construction process, because unlike most furniture this design doesn't require any complex joinery. My dad and I probably spent a full week on this project.
Step 1: Design
We designed this table to replace an existing piece of furniture, so we just took dimensions off of that to get the general sizing. Then we used SketchUp to tweak the details of the design.
Step 2: Table Top
We started off by plaining both boards to clean up any surface imperfections, then we trued up the edges on the table saw. Next we cross-cut off a third of the cherry slab and ripped off its live-edge. We cut the remaining cherry in half and glued one of those to the trimmed cherry piece, creating a wider cherry board. We did the same thing to the maple to create a similarly wide board.
Then we made a plywood jig that we screwed to the larger cherry and maple pieces to put matching angles in each. This way, they perfectly complement each other.
These two matching pieces got glued together, and then the remaining piece of cherry got glued on the back of the maple. Once that was cured, we trimmed the sides with a circular saw.
Step 3: Shelf
Then we crosscut that long piece in half, and glued up those two pieces so we had an oversized 2x2 foot square. We also used biscuit joints in this step (using 1 biscuit per foot of board). We used a skill saw to cut the shelf to final dimensions of 2x2 feet.
Check the annotations in the pictures for more information!
Step 4: Frame
Step 5: Sanding + Finishing
Step 6: Assembly
We ordered the 2' polished stainless tubes online, and then cut 4 inches off of each. The short segments got pressure-fit onto the wooden spacers underneath the shelf, and the long section fits between the shelf and frame.
The nuts on the top of the frame stick up a bit, so we bored some large holes in the bottom of the table top to recess the nuts. This way the top rests flush against the frame.
We used the biscuit joiner to make a slot on each of the inside faces of the frame, which allowed us to attach the top with table-hold-down brackets.