Hello all, 

About this Project:
This table is the result of architectural/design class assignment I was recently given. The exercise was to explore the connection between wood and glass through the use of steel. One of my passions is cooking, which led to the development of both the function and form of this table. It was primarily designed as a serving/prepping station for when I grill out in my balcony. I am a college student so I live in a modest apt which required me to design something that was both mobile and versatile. 

The project material palette includes the following: Steel, Wood, and Glass
Steel: I used 1/4" Flat bar and 1/2" Flat bar, which were both purchased from a steel supplier in the industrial side of town.
            Usage: It will be used for the wheels, axle, frame, and locking mechanism
Wood: I went to my local Lowes and bought 8 pieces of 3"x3/4"x8' Select pine 
            Usage: It will be used to make the butcher block and wood armature that holds the glass
Glass: Glass is widely available, you can try ace hardware a home improvement store 
            Usage: It will the secondary table surface.

I will go step by step on what you need and how much money it will cost to make this project happen.

Step 1: The butcher block

Step 1: Don't be tense, This was my first time making a butcher block and it was quite easy to assemble.

What you'll need:

8 pieces of 3/4" x 3" x 6' Select Pine ( Lowes ) $40 total
                   Wood Glue, I used TiteBond II ( Lowes)  $5

Tools: Table Saw
            2 Clamps 24" long
            Chop Saw

Step 2: After you have all these materials create a clean and organize work area, I had a wood shop at my disposal, but if you're working our of your garage a 2'x4' table surface will work fine.

Take the 8 pieces of 3/4" x 3" x 8' Select Pine and start chopping 20" Pieces ( One 3/4" x 3" x 8' Select Pine will give you 3 pieces ) You will need (16) 3/4" x 3" X 20"

Step 3: Here you will be laminating the pieces together to make the butcher block. Simple take a piece of 3/4" x 3" X 20" apply a even coat of wood glue on the right side, repeat this process until all the pieces are glued together, you should end up with a 3" x 1' x 20" Block of laminated Select Pine. Do not worry about run off glue. After making sure everything is nice and even (to the best of your ability) use the 24" Clamps and clamp the block on the sides so you ensure a tight bond. As you do this glue will squeeze out from the seams, use a wet/damp towel and wipe it off. Allow the block to sit for 24 hours before releasing the clamps.

Step 4: Take the butcher block and run it through the planar until your 3" becomes 2" (you'll get a butcher block that is 2" thick x 1'  wide x 20" long) Wear ear protection as it is noisy

Step 5: Now that the thickness has been reduced to 2" you will need to chop both ends of the block to create smooth even surfaces on the sides. Take 1" off from each side of the block so that you will go from  a butcher block that is 2" thick x 1'  wide x 20" long to a butcher block that is 2" thick x 1'  wide x 18" long)

Step 6: 
Now we can route out a channel for the metal slide lock that we will be making later. 
              There are two channels that you'll need to make, both will be on center. The first channel will be 2" wide by 18" long and 1/2"        
              deep, create a fence with a pair of clamps so that you may run your router along it to ensure a straight even cut. The second        
              channel will be ontop of the first channel only it will be 3" wide 18" long and 1/4" deep. 

Step 7: Sand the inside surfaces of the channel
awesome combination of materials to achieve the functional, yet artistic design. This is a winner of a design and not too complicated to build!
The first word that came into my mind is "stylish". Interresting concept, and the protruding knob gives it a kind of "hands on" feel I think. Thanks for sharing!

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