A friend gave me a little Fro mini greenhouse from IKEA a while back. I was uninspired with what to do with it until I put it together with the new side table I wanted to make, and then I thought: wouldn't it be cool to have this greenhouse inset into a table? The answer was clearly "yes."
This instructable will be focused on insetting this particular object, but you could do pretty much any shape in the same way.
What you'll need for this:
1 big board for the table top, good wood:22.5 x 17 x 1 3/8
4 legs: 1 3/4 square, however high you want it, in this case 29 inches
4 hangar bolts
4 threaded inserts
1 Fro mini greenhouse
1 thin flat, straight piece of scrap wood
some scrap MDF and/or plywood
Tools you need:
Router, 5/8ths bit
Drill and related accoutrements (variety of bit sizes)
Sander and sandpaper
Circular saw and/or mitre saw
Woodworking tools for chiseling the corners
Step 1: Make your measurements
First it's important to make sure all your pieces of wood, etc. are square. You can check this by measuring the diagonals. If your table top isn't square, you'll want to square it yourself. If it's too large, you'll want to cut it down to size, as
Next, mark out the places you are going to rout. Here I'm making a space for the greenhouse and two inset coaster type areas The greenhouse, miraculously, was square, so we could just trace its footprint where we wanted it (1 inch from the sides and the back). The coasters we also traced from a can of rubber glue or something. The coasters are approximately the size of the largest possible cup or bottle anyone would want to use.