The DestrucTable is a table designed to be portable made of wood while preventing the wood from warping over time and use. This is a project that can be done with ease with the right woodworking tools!
The supplies you'll need are:
- 3 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 48 square curved wood pieces
- 1 - 1/4" x 6-12 wood dowels
- 1 - 1/2" x 48" x 36" project panel
- 1 - a brad nail gun with
- 20 brad nails at minimum, 2 inches in length
- gorilla wood glue
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
- Band Saw (OPTIONAL: if you want rounded edges)
Step 1: Step 1: Mapping the Table
The first step is to figure out how long the table needs to be. If you are just looking for something small to support books, maybe going somewhere between 10-12 inches may do better. If it is something bigger, maybe a 20-30 inch table would do better. The table I designed needed at a minimum to be able to support my computer, laptop, and mouse, since this is what I wanted to use. Knowing that my computer is a 15 x 10, and my external keyboard is an 18 x 10, I wanted to go with a table roughly 20 x 29 to allow for 10 inches of extra space for the mouse.
Next, a frame will be added underneath to hold the tabletop together to prevent warping, and to act as the connecting pieces for the legs. During this step, decide how much distance you want from the frame and the legs from the edges of the table. If you want to round out the edges, keep this in mind as you decide the frame's size. The frame I came up with was a 16" x 21" frame to centralize the frame and prevent pressure from warping the inside of the table.
Step 2: Step 2: Make the Frame
The next step is to cut the frame. The style of the frame we will be doing today is called a Miter Joint frame. First, decide the length of the 1.5 x 1.5 wood being used for the frame by basing it off of your decided measurements. This angled cut will be cut at both ends of the board, with a trapezoidal shape on the top. Once you divvy out the four sides of the frame, and the cuts that will be made, go ahead and pull out the Miter saw, turn it to a 45-degree angle, and cut the ends of the wood with the marked edges you made. Once all of the wood has been severed, check to see if your wood lumber sits together to form a frame. the shape should look like what is in the second photos above. If the miter frame looks right, get some gorilla wood glue, and glue the edges together. Let the glue settle and pull out the Brad Nail gun and nails. Go ahead and put two nails into each corner, and now let the glue settle, and you've got yourself the frame of the board!
Step 3: Step 3: Making the Legs and the Dowels
The next step will be to make the legs and attaching dowels to the legs. The first step is to pull out any pieces of the 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" wood you have left and cutting 4 pieces of wood. Depending on how high you want the table to be, you should adjust the height of the legs accordingly. I would suggest 10 in legs to start with, and see how high they feel by setting the wood frame above the legs and adjust shorter from there. Measure out your legs on the 1 1/2" wood, and make the cuts with a Miter saw. the next step is crucial. go ahead and put your wood legs into the space you provided and stack them on the side like the photo above. Use these lengths as a guide for the inner wood bar. This will provide storage for your legs and better stability for the table. once you find these measurements, and translate them onto the 1 1/2" wood, make the appropriate cuts with the miter saw. Make sure the legs fit tight into the wood frame, and wood glue the newly cut wood in between the two legs they correspond to and make sure the legs stay straight, while tight to the end of the board. Once the wood glue has had time to settle, go ahead and brad nail 3 nails into the board. make a triangle shape, as this will provide better support for the bar since it will be under more pressure from the low location.
Once you finish this and leave the glue to set for some time, pull out the 1/4 in dowels. cut 4 pieces of the dowels, each one inch in length using the miter saw. grab the drill with a 1/4" circular drill bit, and see where the center of the legs match up with the outer frame of the wood. If you would like the legs to be balanced, use the points where the wood legs line against each other to find the two points on either side of the frame. Make the points, and drill in about 1/2 inch deep. once these holes have been made, do the same 1/2 inch hole into the center of the wood legs. Check to see if any holes are deep enough by placing the dowels into the holes drilled into the frame. Place the legs into the top of the dowels, and see if any of the legs float. If not, you can put wood glue into the holes of the legs and place the dowels into the holes.
Step 4: Step 4: Making and Shaping the Table
Once the dowel glue dries, you're ready for the final steps. Measure out the size of your table board wood, and pull out the table saw. Cut the unusable edges off, and check to see if the table is the correct size you want. If it is, go ahead and move on to the last stage of gluing. (If you want rounded edges, pull out the band saw and cut the corners as you see fit. I started from 2 1/2" inches on the shorter sides and rounded to the 3" on the long side, but it is up to your judgment on how you want to cut this.) Put some wood glue onto the frame side without the holes and put it onto your frame. Grab some weighted objects, weight down the frame onto the board to help the glue settle together, and you will have made the deconstrucTable!
If you want to, go ahead and stain it from this point, and add any finisher or other materials you wish to! have fun, and happy constructing!