Step 6: Do You Want to Play a Game?

Please, use Safety Glasses for this step
Time: 45-60 min*

On the Table Saw:

  1) (15x) With the 36" x 18" piece of wood, rip the pieces of the wood into 5/8 inch strips. Picture 2
  2) (15x) Rip the strips a second time to get the square side pieces. Picture 3

*Using the Chisel/Dremel:
  1) (15x) Position the Side tooling from the Tooling_1.PDF , by the dimensions on the Technical_Views.PDF .
  2) (15x) Sketch the Top and Side profiles in the respective locations.
  3) (15x) Take the carving tool of your choice and start.

  I realize that carving the notch can be rather challenging. The flat surface will provide a solid surface for the glue to adhere to, provide an even sturdier table and a more professional result. The table is still strong enough if one chooses to skip this step. So I will be showing pictures of the table with the notch not included for those unable to complete this step.
With the **Jig Saw:

  1)  Cut out the sketched outlines on the 18" x 18" base
  2) Take your time, fit the side pieces into the cut-out to see how they fit tight.
  3) Enlarge with the jig saw or sandpaper the cut-out if the side pieces are too tight (no more than a mallet love-tap should ever be required)
  4) If you are going to use the base tooling as part of the table, cut out the preferred radii, do not cut any closer than 1 in to the sketched outlines to insure the base holds during assembly.

Now we are ready for the gluing, and to see this pile of sticks come to life.
* The time was determined by skipping this step.
** Anyone who has a laser cutter can use the DXF file and make the base.
Can you safely put any weight on this table?
Yes, each leg gets its strengthened from the rest of the group. It would be significantly weaker if one or more of the legs was missing. Earlier, I tested the strengths of the glued joints, The pine failed at ~90 ft-lbs of torque (45 lbf @ 2 ft from the joint). If you were to use a Hardwood ,the failure stress should be at least 5 times that of pine. <br><br>I also stacked 75 lb on the stand, and it held fine. As for any more weight than that, it would probably depend on your choice of wood. I didn't design the table to be a stool anyways.<br><br>Hopefully this answer is satisfactory on how much weight you can put on the table.
Nice instructable! I'd LOVE to try this soon!
Great! I would LOVE to hear how it goes.

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Bio: An Aerospace Student. Have had many hours using 3d modeling software professionally CATIA, as well as reverse-engineering software experience (polyworks), and 3D laser-scanning.
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