Introduction: The Amazing Spider-man Table
Hi everyone, this is my first Instructable so please be kind.
This is a side table I've just made, as the title suggests it is Spider-man themed. No nails or screws are required for this build, just a good amount of glue!
Here is a list of stuff you'll need to make this table if you so desire :)
12mm MDF board (1220x660mm)
Gorilla glue or similar
Desired colour paint
A comic book
Router and table
Step 1: Marking Out the Leg Shape..
I had a basic shape in mind, and also some sketches to copy.
I wanted the height of the legs to be 450mm, so first I marked out a box of that size.
I kind of guessed at the width, but I knew I wanted it to look quite tall and slim.
I used a piece of pvc as a curve and marked out the shape.
Step 2: Cutting the Spiders Legs..
I did initially intend to make this table with four legs, but I later changed my mind to use three. I felt it would look a little more elegant.
I cut the first leg with the retro jigsaw pictured, I then sanded it so it was smooth.
I drew around the leg and cut out the shapes leaving a few millimeters border. I did this so I could trim off the excess using the router.
I wanted all of the legs to be exactly the same. I used double sided tape to stick the original leg to the ones in need of trimming
Once all of the legs were cut and trimmed I sanded all of the edges.
Step 3: The Leg Support Block..
The next step is to make the block that joins all of the legs together.
I used 3 layers of the 12mm MDF, but this could be done with one thick piece.
I designed the shape on Sketchup with a bit of trial and error regarding size.
I then printed it out and stuck it to the board with double sided tape, I use this instead of glue for easy clean up.
I used the same method as the legs, cut the original to size and made the other two slightly bigger.
Once I'd cut and trimmed all of the pieces I applied gorilla glue and clamped until dry.
I then used my scroll saw to cut the three slits, it helps if the legs fit tightly. I cut the slits slightly smaller and filed away until they fit.
Then I had to mark a section of the leg that needed to be removed, this allows them to slide into the block and they all meet.
First I placed a ruler against the leg and marked a line into the middle, I repeated this on all sides. Where lines cross is the length of the section needed to be removed, I drew around the block onto the leg and cut it with the scroll saw.
Step 4: Filling, Sanding and Gluing..
I then filled any small gaps on the main block and sanded it.
Then I applied gorilla glue to the inside of the slits and slotted in the legs. Small off-cuts are handy for scraping away excess glue.
I put a small board under the legs and clamped it in place while the glue dried.
Step 5: The Table Top..
For the top I decided a triangular design would look best.
I didn't want it to hang over the legs, so I measured the distance between them and made it slightly smaller.
I used a string and a straight edge to mark out the triangle, then I drew around a gas canister to make a circle on each corner.
I joined each circle with a slight inward curve.
I used chipboard because that's what I had lying around, I cut and routed two pieces to make a chunky top.
I glued and nailed the two layers, I didn't have to use nails but I didn't want to wait for the glue to set.
I positioned the legs on the top and drew around it, I then routed a channel for the legs to sit in.
Because I used chipboard I had to fill the edge with wood filler, it just made it slightly smoother.
Step 6: Painting and Finishing..
To prepare for painting I sanded everything. Then I applied black primer/undercoat.
When the paint was dry I sanded everything again especially the edges of the legs. The MDF fluffs up when painted.
I then painted the legs with two coats of blue eggshell, an obvious choice of colour for a spider-man table.
Then comes the decopage, I tore up the comic selecting a few bold images. Then I used watered down PVA to stick the pieces down.
When the PVA was dry I applied two coats of acrylic varnish.
Then it was time to join the top to the bottom, I applied yet more gorilla glue and added some weight to the top until it set.
And there you have it, an Amazing Spider-man inspired table.
I hope you enjoyed my first Instructable, I am entering this into the comic book contest so wish me luck.. :)
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