Introduction: How to Make a Danish Organic Table
Hi! In this Instructable I will explain in detail how to make this project.
The first thing I will say: Do not feel intimidated. This could be a beginner project if you follow the step by step guide + watch the YouTube Video and ONLY if you feel comfortable using a table saw.
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+ Table saw
+ Hand Planer or any sort of planer/ jointer
+ Sandpaper Grit: 60, 120, 240
+Lathe or Lathe Jig for the Table saw
+Drill, bits and 27mm Hole Saw
+Wood finish (of your preference) I used Beeswax
Step 1: Lumber & Table Top
The table top was made using 5 boards of 10cms or 3.94" so that you get a table top of 50 x 81cms or 19.7 x 31.9". You will need to joint the edges so that when you glue them the table top does not show any gaps and to do so the picture shows my method for jointing with a table saw. Just put the final board over a flat board that you can trust has straight edges, then put the straight edge against the fence and slide, you will need to attach both of them with double sided tape.
After jointing edges plane the lumber and attach the boards using wood glue clamp it with even pressure, 3-4 clamps are good enough.Let it dry for 48h.
Step 2: Plane & Sand
Now you have to plane the whole surface, I used a Stanley #4 hand planer, though I would not advice to do so, use a #6 or #7 if you can an electric planer or a Kanna (japanese hand plane) take your time to level and do it properly.
After that just sand the surface starting with 60 grit, move to 120 and finally 240.
Step 3: Cutting the Kidney Shape
Now to make the organic shape you can design your own, I suggest to cut it in a 5mm MDF or thicker
Once you have it just trace the layout and proceed to cut it with the jigsaw, do not try to make it perfect, actually cut a bit to the outside since later we will trim the excess with the router using a flush trim bit and to do so, just clamp the template over the roughly shaped kidney and slowly route clockwise.
Step 4: Cleats
Start by cutting 3 pieces of 5x4x12 cms or 1.57x1.97x4.72". Then tilt your table saw blade to 8º and using a jig for bevel cuts, clamp it on top of the piece as shown in the picture after that you can trim the excess in the crosscut.
When done, drill 4 holes with a 1/4" spade bit or with a countersink, these are to screw the bolts to the tabletop, then using a 27mm or 1-1/18" hole saw, drill the center making sure not to tilt the drill, otherwise you will lose the 8º angle.
Step 5: Legs
The fancy part of the project.
Check out this video on how to make the jig:
When done, cut 3 4x4cm or 1.57x1.57" to 42.5cm or 16.73" length and screw them to the lathe jig, as indicated in the video you have to trim the corners first to prevent an accident, then attach a drill at the back and make it spin whilst the blade is running. Make sure to adjust the angle first, the inclination is 1º for these and then ready to sand with 60, 120, 240 grit.
Step 6: Attaching the Legs
The last step is to cut a slot exactly the thickness of the blade (whatever you have) in the middle of the thicker side of the leg so that you can introduce a wedge to get a tight fit into the hole of the cleat, to do so first pour lots of glue and hammer the wedge until snug, then trim the excess wedge and attach cleats to the table top using screws, be careful with the length of bolts so that they do not go through the board.
Step 7: Finish
For this project I used a Beeswax mix with turpentine, it is easy to apply by just using a sponge or steel wool, just 2 coats and it gets sealed and slightly glossy, plus, the smell is delightful.
Danish and Teak Oil can be good choices as well, it all depends on the type of wood you use and the look you want. I used Zapan, a Colombian wood very similar to walnut.
I hope you enjoyed this project and the step by step comes handy to you.
If you've got any question just ask through the comments or send me an email though my website and if you make one, i would love to see the pictures!
Step 8: Use, Enjoy & Beauty Shots