ROUND TABLE WITH SECRET COMPARTMENT

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Introduction: ROUND TABLE WITH SECRET COMPARTMENT

About: In my shop I have a name for hammer, saw, and plier. The saw is Tess, the hammer's Joe, and Glumdalclitch is the plier. Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. With that, le…

Wifey asked for a table next to the La-Z-Boy. The one we had there was too small and it didn't have a drawer. We discussed it and agreed on this design.

This Instructable jumps around from element to element and doesn't accurately follow the steps I used to build it. I broke it down this way for an easier explanation of how it all went together. If you have any questions, just ask away.

Step 1: THE PLAN AND MATERIAL

For as long as I can remember I've been able to picture a completed project in my mind before I started; thus, I work from a very loose sketch. No drafting detailed plans. No Sketchup.

The supplies used were few. Four legs from Lowe's. A beautiful walnut board I got from a neighbor who was closing his woodworking shop. Some 1/2" plywood and 1/4" plywood I had in my lumber cart. The only other stuff I used: dark walnut stain and poly.

Step 2: THE LEGS

The legs I used matched the legs on the console table I built. They were too long so I cut them down and reassembled them.

Console Table

Step 3: THE TABLE TOP

I ripped out strips from the walnut board, squared up the edges, glued them together, cut out a template from 1/2" ply, and used a pattern bit to make the circular top.

Step 4: SECRET DRAWER COMPARTMENT

I cut two circles out of 1/2" plywood smaller than the diameter of the tabletop. The flush trim bit was used to make them exactly the same. I notched where each leg would go using the cut-offs leftover from making the legs shorter since they were the same dimensions as the reassembled legs. I glued and nailed one circle to the bottom of the table.

TIP: Glue spreader is an old credit card trimmed with Wifey's pinking shears.

I determined the width and depth and height of the drawer by measuring the table leg and attached the dividers and second circle accordingly.

Step 5: ATTACHING THE LEGS

The top of each leg had an attachment screw. Using a cut off piece as a guide I punched a hole in the bottom of the tabletop and drilled a hole to accommodate this screw, stained the legs dark walnut, and secured each with Super Glue.

Step 6: THE DRAWER

The drawer was built out of 1/4" ply and had 3/4" ply curved fronts. The top of the drawer was veneered with walnut.

Step 7: THE BOTTOM SHELF

Using 3/4" oak scrap I built a bottom shelf and attached it with trim screws.

Step 8: THE EDGING

Using scrap pallet wood, I cut, chamfered, and nailed the edging in place, trimming the final two pieces to fit each of the four sides, drawer included.

Step 9: FINISHING

Everything was stained with dark walnut and finished with a couple of coats of poly.

Step 10: HAPPY WIFEY, HAPPY LIFE....Y

Wifey was thrilled with the final result. She turned the drawer in the back and filled it with her things.

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable. As usual, any questions answered, any comments appreciated.

Kink

Step 11: A NEIGHBOR VISITS

Chester, the neighborhood cat, visits me regularly.

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    4 Comments

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    11 months ago

    I think your explanations for the project works. Looks good!

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 11 months ago

    That's good to hear. It's one thing to have an idea in your head and another to get it across to those trying to understand it.

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    Taxiguru
    Taxiguru

    Question 11 months ago on Step 4

    Love the table just wondering how much help you got from the cat he looks helpful. I am trying a similar project hopefully comes out close to as nice as yours,great work.

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Answer 11 months ago

    Well, big thanks for the compliment. As for Chester the cat, when he comes around I have to stop work because he just wants to be pet. And I oblige. Inside the house, I have two cats of my own and two dogs. As for your similar project, just take your time and think each step through. If you need any help, just ask.